State budget cuts threaten local jails

Sitka Police Officer Noah Shepard serves coffee to inmates in Sitka's jail, while supervisor Dave Nelson looks on. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Police departments across the state have been taken aback by a Department of Corrections proposal to end funding for local jails. Sitka is one of several local departments who say the cuts are so deep, it could force their jail to close.

Alaska House committee tussles over MEHS funding

Mt. Edgecumbe gym 1The battle over education funding in Alaska this year may have an unexpected casualty. This Tuesday (2-10-15), the House Education Finance Subcommittee began a conversation about ongoing state funding for Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.

Activities at risk as Sitka’s school budget hits deficit ‘wall’?

Sitka High freshman David Wilcox blazes across the finish line Saturday morning (9-28-13). Faced with its largest projected budget deficit in recent memory, the Sitka School Board may consider dramatic cuts to sports and activities programs in 2016. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka School Board -- as usual -- is entering its annual budget cycle facing a significant deficit. But unlike past years, there’s no silver bullet from either the state or federal governments that’s likely to save the day.

Sitka to increase moorage rates for third year in a row

The new ANB Harbor, at the June, 2014 ribbon-cutting. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Rates for both transient and permanent slip holders will go up by 6.68%. The increase is effective immediately for transient users. For resident vessels, it will go into effect on April 15.

No longer in crisis, hospital status still ‘urgent’

Rob Allen was hired as interim CEO at Sitka Community Hospital in January. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Two months after a financial crisis forced it to request an emergency loan, Sitka Community Hospital has a new CEO, about a million dollars on hand and no plans to ask for more money from the city.

Bill to boost Native-language immersion schools

2-10-15 Sitka Democratic Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins talks about Native language immersion charter schools at the Native Issues Forum in Juneau. 3New legislation will propose a system of encouraging and supporting Native language charter schools in Alaska.

Body of Sitka woman, 33, found on Unalaska trail

Jess Acker worked seasonally as a fisheries tech for ADF&G in Sitka. (Facebook photo)Authorities in Dutch Harbor have confirmed that the body found on Pyramid Peak Monday (2-9-15) is that of a 33-year old Sitka woman, Jessica Acker.

Fallen tree cuts Sitka power — again!

For the second day in a row, Sitkans went without power in mid-afternoon. This time it was a tree, however, and not gremlins.

Sitka student council seeks social violence, tolerance programs

Sitka High student government meets with the school board. In addition to DV and tolerance programs, the council discussed energy efficiency in school buildings, and the high cost of activities. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka High’s student body is hoping to create a better environment in the school, and they’ve taken their plans to the school board, with a pair of proposals that would confront sexual violence and discrimination head-on.

Court returns parolee to jail; brings drug charges against city employee

A Sitka man is being sent back to prison for over a year, for violating the conditions of his parole. Another Sitkan is facing charges for allegedly importing 10 pounds of marijuana into the community.