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Community-supported fishery wins grant

20150524_sitka_880Sitka’s community supported fishery - called Alaskans Own - has received a $4500 grant to expand operations. With this money, the CSF hopes to sell more Alaskan fish to more Alaskan customers.

City investigating power blips

IMG_5074-500x333Small blips in power throughout Sitka over the last week have the city scrambling to fix the problem.

‘Sitka Public Library’ ready for books

Library commissioner Jane Eidler explores the stacks of the soon-to-be-filled Sitka Public Library. 9KCAW photo/Robert WoolseyIt’s official: the contractor handed off the keys to the newly-renovated Sitka Public Library, this week and the Sitka Library Commission moved right in. Commissioners discussed plans for bringing the books home.

Commission looks to Sitkans for new plan

Planning documents refer to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan, but the document is seldom used, according to Maegan Bosak, Sitka's director of Community Development.The Sitka Comprehensive Plan has been revised many times since the late 1950s, sometimes by paid consultants. This time through, however, the commission would like to see more citizen involvement.

Learning the ropes at the Young Fishermen’s Summit

Participants in the 2015 summit practice testifying  at a "mock Board of Fisheries" training session.This year the Alaska Sea Grant Program is hosting its 6th Annual Young Fishermen’s Summit in Juneau to introduce newbies to the industry.

Sitkans gather for Orthodox Christmas

IMG_3186Shortly after the sun rose yesterday (01-07-15) morning, members of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Sitka gathered to celebrate Christmas. In keeping with the Julian calendar, Orthodox Christians around the world will celebrate twelve days of festivities with prayer, presents, and of course, song.

Southeast lawmakers split on Walker budget plan

Reps. Cathy Muñoz, center, and Sam Kito, right, listed as Sen. Dennis Egan makes a point. The three Juneau lawmakers make up half of Southeast’s legislative delegation. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)Southeast Alaska lawmakers are giving Gov. Bill Walker’s spending plan mixed reviews. Some are ready to change the way government is funded, while others are not.

Sitka’s 2015: The year we met our better selves

No matter how bad it gets, Sitkans will always show up for this party: Alaska Day 2015. (KCAW photo/Emily Kwong)In spite of everything, 2015 will be remembered as a good year in Sitka. It’s the year that the community’s faith, grit, and forward-thinking principles were put to the test. It's the year we met our better selves.

Southeast’s year in review: ferries, logging and mining

Three ferries tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in the winter of 2012. Commercial users will likely pay higher rates beginning next winter. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The year 2015 saw the beginnings of major changes to the Alaska Marine Highway, the Tongass National Forest and the possible future of transboundary mines.

Citizens’ Task Force searches for answers, consensus

The expanded Sitka Public Library will open on February 1. Critics of government spending continue to point to major capital projects such as the library and the Performing Arts Center as being beyond Sitka's means to maintain. (KCAW photo/Bill Foster)Sitka is looking to its residents for answers about how to best raise revenues and decrease spending. With their first report duein 3 weeks, the Citizens’ Task Force has some way to go before reaching consensus.