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No primary challengers for Sitka house seat

Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson will face off in November for the District 35 House seat. Kreiss-Tomkins would be returning for a second term, while Samuelson is hoping his third try at a house seat is successful. more

Sitka’s Odess Theater: A ladies’ room (and lady) like no other


The renovation of Allen Memorial Hall, the centerpiece of Sitka’s Sheldon Jackson Fine Arts Campus, is nearing completion. But contractors wouldn’t be working at all in the building without the support of a remarkable benefactor: A woman from the deep South who’s taken a hands-on interest in getting this job done. more

Sitka takes state baseball crown

The Sitka baseball team poses after winning the 2014 State Baseball Tournament. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

The Sitka Wolves are the state high school baseball champions. Sitka defeated South Anchorage 11-10, in the final game of the state tournament on Saturday afternoon (6-7-14). more

Critics question Sealaska ballot

Sealaska Plaza, the corporation's Juneau headquarters.

Four Sealaska board of directors candidates say the corporate balloting process violates a recent court ruling. Sealaska says it doesn’t. more

Panel weighs options for repairing city streets


Sitka’s municipal roads are nearing the end of their lifespan, and the city hasn’t set aside any money to rebuild them. During a Radio Town Hall Tuesday evening (6-3-14) municipal officials, guest panelists, and the public wrestled with the idea of paying to replace a road system that we didn’t really pay for in the first place. more

Sitka man sentenced to 12 years for drug offense

A Sitka man has been sentenced to more than twelve years in prison after being convicted of two counts of possessing a weapon, one count of possessing heroin with the intent to sell it and one count of possessing methamphetamine. more

Wrangell’s new boat lift is the biggest in Southeast

Wrangell’s new Ascom boat lift hauls the 98-foot fish-packer St. Jude out of the water Saturday, May 24. (Delton Claggett /KSTK)

Wrangell’s new boat lift is Southeast Alaska’s largest. It means more big ships can be maintained and repaired without leaving the region. more

Adult spellers compete to b-o-l-s-t-e-r Sitka library renovation

Jeff Budd and Don Muller (aka "Team Zero, Inc.") appear delighted to lose their crowns to winners Wendy and David Longtin (aka "Vacuuming Raccoons"). (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)

The Friends of the Kettleson Library hosted the Sixth Annual Adult Spelling Bee on Sunday as a fundraiser for the upcoming expansion of the Kettleson Memorial Library. 19 local contestants paid $20 each for the privilege of spelling and misspelling words in front of an appreciative audience. more

Mother-daughter team wins Sitka Salmon derby

Eight-year-old Gemma Diehl beat her mother to win the top prize in the 2014 Sitka Salmon Derby. (photo courtesy of the Sitka Salmon Derby)

Eight-year-old Gemma Diehl won the derby, with a 51.4-lb king salmon. Her mother, Sherry Diehl, took second place. more

Sitka considers pay raises for city employees

A proposal aims to bring pay for non-union employees in line with the professional market, after a study found that some city salaries are well below average. more