After six weeks on the job, Rob Allen - the interim CEO of Sitka Community Hospital - has agreed to take on the position permanently. He announced his decision during the hospital board’s last meeting in February (2-26-15) and expects to negotiate for a contract soon. He says the hospital’s financial panic has subsided, thanks in large part to the staff members who rode the wave.
Dispatch received a call Friday morning (3-6-15) that a man was not breathing at a Monastery St. apartment. Once on scene, responders attempted to resuscitate 24-year old Ian Blair, but were unsuccessful. Police suspect Blair died of a drug overdose.
It’s a big night for basketball in Sitka, even though no Sitka team is playing. This week Mt. Edgecumbe has been hosting the Region V Basketball tournament for 1A schools, and the championship games are tonight. Meanwhile in the 3A tourney in Ketchikan, both title games will be played tomorrow (Sat 3-7-15).
Officials haven’t been able to trace the source of a minor diesel spill in Thomsen Harbor this weekend. Coast Guard MSD Supervisor Mike Wortman said the discharge quantity was less than a gallon and not recoverable.
For four days this February (Feb. 16 - Feb. 19, 2015), six students from Blatchley Middle School ventured off campus to learn the craft of radio at the KCAW studios. Yesterday (3-3-15), The Blatchley Variety Show aired in tandem with the Mt. Edgecumbe Radio Club. This 20-minute radio program featured a medley of songs, skits, and student produced news. Drum roll...here it is!