The ALPS Federal Credit Union in Sitka is going back to the drawing board. The Sitka assembly denied the credit union’s request for a conditional use permit to expand its facility into an adjacent lot.
A Sitka grand jury has indicted a man on charges of assault and tampering with evidence, after he allegedly stabbed another man in the chest.
The Sitka Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is no more. The Sitka assembly last night (Tue 9-8-15) voted to dissolve the organization and transfer its responsibilities to the Chamber of Commerce, at a cost of $225,000 for the rest of the year.
At a meeting of the Planning Commission last week, the Sitka Community Development Corporation unveiled their plan for a cottage neighborhood. The cottages are small, the land is held in trust, and the goal is to make housing affordable for Sitkans of median income. In many ways, the presentation was a dress rehearsal for this Tuesday’s (09-08-15) assembly meeting.
On Friday (09-04-15), a 49-foot fishing vessel sank in Kelp Bay. The owner reports that 600 gallons of diesel were on board. The cause of the sinking is still under investigation.
Last Wednesday (09-02-15), F/V Pacific Venture sank in the vicinity of the Twins Island. Over the weekend, Marine Safety Detachment in Sitka says 500 gallons of fuel were removed and that the vessel is "stable." Salvage operations are expected to begin on Wednesday (09-09-15).
Today (09-02-15) , a state team sat down with Sitkans affected by last month’s landslides. Six staff with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and one state geologist will be in Sitka for two days, to walk city officials and citizens through the process of procuring disaster aid.
On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. According to Gorman, the cost of emergency response alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars.
The Coast Guard has determined the source of a large diesel spill that spread from Sitka Sound into ANB harbor yesterday morning (08-31-15). The source was a commercial vessel south of ANB Harbor.
As the city continues to cope with the aftermath of last week’s landslides, Sitka's emergency responders had one key message on Thursday: take care of yourself, and make sure to ask for help if you need it.