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Subsidies to expand rural broadband, cell service

A new plan will extend high-speed broadband and cell service in rural areas. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)More Alaskans will have affordable access to mobile phones and broadband internet, thanks to a change in federal communication rules and funding.

Hanson hired as Sitka’s city attorney

The Assembly chose local attorney Brian Hanson for the city position. Hanson has practiced law in Sitka for nearly 30 years. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)The Sitka Assembly hired Brian Hanson as city attorney during a special meeting Tuesday night (9-6-16).

Higher taxes ‘a bitter pill’ for financially-stressed Sitkans

City administrator Mark Gorman tells the Chamber that Sitka's financial future looks "a little stressed," but he also expressed faith in the community's resiliency. Maegan Bosak (r.) looks on. Mayor Mim McConnell and finance director Jay Sweeney are in the foreground. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka is doing pretty well -- for now. The administration delivered an upbeat annual report to the Chamber of Commerce this week (8-31-16), but was candid about the community’s precarious financial situation.

School Board supports property tax increase

160902_schoolboard_kwongThe Sitka School Board met last Thursday (09-25-156) for the first meeting of the school year. And at the top of their list was a resolution to support raising property taxes in Sitka. The October 4th ballot will ask voters to approve raising the cap by two mills.

Cooperative Extension to keep doors open in Anchorage, Sitka

Cooperative Extension Services maintains nine district offices and five service centers. (UAF website)The Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Alaska Fairbanks planned to close two offices this fall due to state budget cuts - one in Anchorage and the other in Sitka. But today (08-31-16), Extension leadership announced a plan to keep both offices open.

‘Passion’ and experience ideal for school board seat

The Sitka School Board at ANB Founders Hall in March. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Board president Tim Fulton’s resignation becomes effective September 1, and remaining members now have 30 days to replace him. Superintendent Mary Wegner says there are some other important criteria.

Three in Sitka indicted for heroin possession

A Sitka Grand Jury has indicted three Sitkans for possessing and intending to distribute heroin.

Rediscovering America’s link to Chinese exploration

Hudson says that the surviving vessels of China's epic voyages 1421-1423 were left to "rot at their moorings," and their records destroyed.During the 9th Annual Paths Across the Pacific meeting in Sitka, an historian argues that the Chinese -- rather than Europeans -- discovered the New World.

Enhanced IDs help tribal members cross borders

LO-RES-FEA-PHOTO-ID-CARD-pascua-yaqui-tribal-id-card-AP100730125893-e1300734335856Enrolled members of Alaska’s largest tribal government are getting enhanced photo IDs. They can be used for border crossings and some other situations where official identification is necessary.

Sitka elementary school evaluated for landslide risk

The Sitka School Board met Tuesday (9-20-16) at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School to discuss absenteeism.The city of Sitka announced today (08-29-16) that the Gavan Hill area, including Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, may be at risk for landslides. Shannon & Wilson, a Seattle-based geotechnical firm, identified the landslide hazard zones during an assessment of the area.