The Class of 2015 graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School today (Thu 5-7-15). Ninety-three students marched in maroon and gold robes, some in high heels and others in mukluks.
The most valuable product on the Tongass National Forest is now salmon. Ron Medel, Tongass Fisheries Program Manager, has spent the last several years calculating how much Alaskan salmon is produced in the forest.
The family whose home was heavily damaged by a fire on Tuesday afternoon (5-5-15) say they are thankful that nobody was injured -- and even their dog survived.
After a month of discussion, the Sitka Assembly settled on a modest electric rate increase. Residential rates will go up by about 6% in the coming year, to pay for the Blue Lake dam. And when it comes to figuring out how a town of 9,000 pays off a $150-million hydroelectric project, city staff are getting creative.
The family of a Sitka woman missing for nearly three years is asking the state to issue a death certificate. 33-year old Lael Grant was last seen in a local grocery store in the early morning of October 15, 2012.
One Sitka man is going to prison for six months, and another is facing felony charges, for receiving heroin through the mail. In a separate case, a California-based deckhand was arrested for attempt to deliver meth.
Sitka fifth-graders turned out to watch a trio of captive brown bears destroy a small tent that had been “baited” with fried chicken. The larger lesson: Let's avoid having captive brown bears in the future.
With education a hot button issue in the ongoing budget debate, one school in Sitka is definitely safe this fiscal year. The state-run Mt. Edgecumbe High School will continue to receive $4.6 million from the Department of Education and Early Development. That money goes directly towards boarding over 400 students from around the state.
Sitka and Juneau will lose a week of fast ferry sailings this month. The Chenega will return to Southeast service May 14, a week later than scheduled.
It's not just electric rates - Sitka is also proposing increases in water, sewer and garbage rates. KCAW's Rachel Waldholz is tracking the city budget. She sat down with News Director Robert Woolsey to break down the numbers.