From ice to apex, WhaleFest ’15 explores ocean edges

IMG_2163In its 19th year, the annual science symposium is organized by the Sitka Sound Science Center and features three days of lectures, markets, and whale cruises. The theme this year was “Life on the Boundary” - devoted to scientific study at the edges of the ocean.

Recovered pups find comfort in Sitka

IMG_4590Eleven homeless pups landed in Sitka on Thursday (11-5-13). The dogs, recovered from Ketchikan, will be ready to adopt shortly.

Sitka’s Baranof Elementary: Time for a name change?

Baranof Elementary is named for Alexander Baranov was the chief  manager of the Russian-American Company from 1799 to 1818. Doug Osborne said that Baranov "deserves a place in history, but not a place of honor on a public school."The Sitka School Board heard a compelling appeal from a member of the public Tuesday night (11-3-15) to change the name of Baranof Elementary School to a traditional Tlingit language name.

Skin artist chosen for Native arts residency

Peter Williams of Sitka displays his seal and sea otter products during the 2013 Juneau Public Market at the capital city's Centennial Hall. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A Yup’ik skin artist living in Sitka is headed to the Institute of American Indian Arts under a Rasmuson Foundation-funded, artist-in-residence program..

Sitka students get hands on history

IMG_5349-2Sitka students had a rare opportunity this week to paint a totem pole that will be on display in Sitka National Historical Park.

Sitka officials say taser incident conformed to police policy

Sitka police chief Sheldon Schmitt (l), community planning director Maegan Bosak, and administrator Mark Gorman discuss the Hoogandorn case with reporters Tuesday (11-3-15). Schmitt says that police use tasers rarely -- less than once per month -- in Sitka. (KCAW photo/Emily Kwong)Municipal officials in Sitka were briefed about the repeated tasering of a teen in police custody, shortly after the incident occurred in September of last year.

SHS swim team wins regional championships

IMG_2454A co-ed effort clinched first place for the Sitka Wolves at the Region V Swim Championships over the weekend (10-30-15). The combined team score was 264.50. Second went to Juneau Douglas with 255.

Arrest video raises questions of excessive force in Sitka jail

The video of the arrest of 18-year-old Franklin Hoogendorn will be examined by the FBI< along with Sitka's police procedures. (YouTube image capture)Sitka police are defending their actions in the arrest of an 18-year-old man last year, who was tasered multiple times in his jail cell. A video of the incident has gone viral.

Responders rescue teen girl from Kruzof Island

Emergency responders rescued a 16-year-old girl Friday night, after she badly injured her leg while hiking on Kruzof Island, about 10 miles northwest of Sitka.

LeConte could boost Sitka ferry service

The LeConte docks at Juneau's Auke Bay terminal in 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska Marine Highway officials have identified several ways to increase ferry service to Sitka next summer. It’s in response to community concerns about the fast ferry Fairweather being indefinitely tied up.