May 10, 2016: What’s on the Assembly’s agenda for tonight?

4434354492_8e440d4999_oUtility bill subsidies, mil rates, and other meaty topics are on the menu for the Assembly tonight. We've got you covered.

They’re here! First summer cruise passenger roam Sitka

The Norwegian Pearl at Old Sitka Dock on Monday (5-9-16). Although industry experts believe more passengers will come ashore at OSD, some downtown merchants believe it takes them longer to arrive. (KCAW photo, Emily Kwong)The first cruise ship of the season stopped in Sitka today (Monday 5-9-16), unleashing as many as 2,300 tourists downtown. While the streets were busy, some shops were slow.

The Case of the Missing Garbage Cans

IMG_5266Did you take out your garbage today? You may have noticed your can has been swapped out for a brand new one. Alaska Pacific Environmental Services, who does all solid waste removal, has invested in a city-wide garbage can upgrade to meet the terms of their new contract.

New Tribal shellfish lab scores a win for early detection

Clam digging is popular throughout coastal Alaska. These clam diggers are working near Sadie Cove, on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. (Flickr photo/Isaac Wedin)There’s been an outbreak of paralytic shellfish poisoning at a popular clamming beach in Sitka -- but no one has become sick. A new lab detected the high levels of toxins, and quickly alerted users.

Mt. Edgecumbe celebrates strength at graduation

IMG_7226Mt. Edgecumbe High School seniors celebrated new beginnings Thursday (5-5-16) at their commencement ceremony in a fully-packed Performing Arts Center. The class of 2016 shared memories, inspirational quotes and baby pictures at the emotional event that also acknowledged retiring superintendent Bill Hutton.

Power outage caused by regular equipment testing

All of Sitka experienced a brief power outage Thursday morning (5-6-16), that began at approximately 8:08 AM during testing of the back-up diesel generator. The outage lasted for 48 minutes, until the utility department corrected the fault and returned the generator to full service.

Letter prompts dismissal of Sitka’s municipal attorney

Sitka’s municipal attorney Robin Schmid was summarily dismissed Thursday afternoon (5-5-16), after the assembly received a letter from Schmid’s lawyer suggesting that she had been improperly asked to resign.

Sealaska finances improve, but losses continue

Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott discusses the regional Native corporation's finances May 2, 2016, during a press briefing in the Sealaska Board Room. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Sealaska just released its 2015 annual report, which illustrates its financial ups and downs. Those affect more than 22,000 shareholders, who receive dividends twice a year.

Property destroyed by slide still taxable

A new home under construction on Sitka's Kramer Avenue was totally obliterated in the slide. A neighboring new home stands unscathed. Four people remain missing . (NOAA/NWS photo, Joel Curtis)A Sitka property wiped out by last year’s deadly landslide is still taxable, at least according to city code.

SeaTech students research whales

IMG_4859 (1)Although graduation is this week, school is not over for some science students at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. The class, known as SeaTech, is headed to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego to present their original research on beluga and narwhal bioacoustics.