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Small earthquake adds to Sitka’s holiday blast

A small earthquake rattled dishes along the outer coast of Southeast Alaska Monday evening (7-4-16). The magnitude 3.6 quake occurred about 20 miles west of Whale Bay.

Sitka Salmon Shares graduates to new plant

unspecifiedIf you’ve spent any time enjoying a drink at Baranof Brewery, you may have glanced across the street and wondered what’s going on behind the doors at Sitka Salmon Shares. It’s been over a year since the company purchased the Big Blue processing plant and, slowly but surely, they’re turning the space into one that suits their needs.

‘Startup Sitka’ offers opportunities for local entrepreneurs

Photo KCAW/Katherine RoseSitka may be a long way from Silicon Valley, but that doesn’t mean innovation can’t happen here. Ken Sprague and Nickie Knight are co-founders of Alaska Small Business Innovators, a non-profit that helps to create small business development programs throughout the state.

Sitka transitions cruise ship dock to ‘super-yacht facility’

The 165' motor yacht Rebel at the O'Connell Bridge Lightering Dock. Passengers from the cruise ship Silver Shado will lighter this weekend (Sat 7-2-16) to Crescent Harbor, so that super-yachts like the Rebel can moor here. With more ships landing at the privately-owned Old Sitka Dock, the city will transition this site to "a super-yacht facility," said administrator Mark Gorman. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka Assembly approved an application for state funding to extend the Seawalk to the O'Connell Bridge, even though that site will become a "super-yacht facility."

Assembly looks to ‘budget-driven’ property tax

The Sitka Assembly is taking a hard look at raising property taxes. In an hour-long special meeting Tuesday night (6-28-16), assessor Wendy Lawrence outlined the pros and cons of increasing Sitka’s millage rate.

One injured in Sitka four-plex fire

Despite the heavy smoke, residents will be able to return to 2 of the 4 units, says Fire Chief Dave Miller. (Nick Galanin photo)One man sustained minor injuries after a four-plex caught fire on Lance Drive in Sitka on Sunday afternoon (6-26-16).

Behnken to represent Alaska on halibut commission

Linda Behnken with her sons, Halen and Rio. Behnken lives the small-boat fishing life she advocates for, but she's no stranger to IPHC politics. She's chaired the 84-member IPHC Conference Board for the last several years. (ALFA photo/Mim McConnell)Longtime Sitka resident and fisheries advocate Linda Behnken has been appointed to the six-member International Pacific Halibut Commission.

In a month of pride, life after Orlando

Artist Ricky Tagaban organized a Two Spirit Pride Reception to begin Juneau's pride week, held on June 11th. Speakers included Freda Westman, former Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp President. The next day was the Orlando shooting. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)In gay communities all over the country, there is a before and an after. A before June 12th, and an after.

USCGC Maple changes command

IMG_6560The Coast Guard held a change of command ceremony aboard the Cutter Maple in Sitka yesterday morning (06-23-16). Beneath blue skies, Lieutenant Commander Mike Newell transferred command of the 225-buoy tender to Lieutenant Commander Patrick Armstrong.

‘Invasives Week’ efforts still focused on Sitka’s D.vex

D. vex grows in dense colonies. Although each individual is microscopic, together they form a dense mat resembling a sponge. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)It's Invasive Species Awareness Week in Alaska. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey caught up with one of the state’s top invasive-fighters, Tammy Davis, as she coordinated a dive team in Sitka’s Whiting Harbor.