More cruise ship passengers will visit Sitka next season. In 2017, Holland America will bring a seventh cruise ship through Alaska and Sitka is on the itinerary. Celebrity Cruises will also be making half a dozen calls.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is looking for a dead whale near Sitka. The animal was seen floating near Crow Island Tuesday morning (9-13-16).
City Administrator Mark Gorman will step down from the position in six to nine months. He announced his decision during last Tuesday night’s Assembly meeting (09-13-16).
During their meeting last night (09-13-16), the Sitka Assembly approved a key element of their plan to raise property taxes while making Sitka more affordable. The ordinance says that if voters approve a 2 mill increase, the revenue generated by one of those mills will go towards Sitka’s electric fund.
The Sitka School Board sent its policy covering sexually-transmitted infections back to the drawing board, after it learned it was missing the boat on the most common STI’s.
When the Assembly meets tonight (09-13-16), they’ll determine which of two tax breaks they’ll implement if voters approve raising the property tax cap this fall. The Assembly will also receive an update from the Sitka Community Playground Group and the Electric Department.
All of Sitka experienced a brief power outage early Saturday morning (09-10-16). Customers lost power at 2:28 AM on Saturday when an insulator failed at the Medvejie substation. Electric department line crews worked through the storm to repair the insulator and power was fully restored at 3:58 AM.
A pair of Forest Service workers killed a charging brown bear near Sitka at the end of August. It was the third dangerous bear encounter in the Sitka Ranger District in less than a month.
The second summer troll opening for king salmon in Southeast Alaska is finally over. The 22-day opening was the second-longest on record for the fishery. Coho fishing remains open until September 22.
The Sitka Planning Commission is re-writing the city’s Comprehensive Plan - a guide to future development in Sitka. And during a meeting on Tuesday night (09-08-16), the group got down to brass tacks about Sitka’s economy.