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Suspected drunk driver crashes into Sitka post office

In addition to crushing the storefront, the SUV hit a parked car, a street sign, and ran over the mailbox. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Police are investigating a woman for drunk driving, after she plowed her SUV into the Sitka’s downtown postal substation Tuesday night (1-19-16).

‘Olfactory’ smells like victory at Blatchley bee

Romy Bekeris with her trophy, a Merriam-Webster dictionary. KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey.It was a duel to the finish, in the annual Scripps Spelling Bee at Blatchley Middle School Tuesday night (1-19-16). Eighth-grader Romy Bekeris took the prize.

Wegner asks for no raise; school board talks budget

Mary Wegner, during her job interview with the Sitka School Board. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Tonight, the Sitka School Board will meet in special session to finalize contract negotiations with Superintendent Mary Wegner. At their meeting last Monday (01-11-16), the board also revised the FY16 budget and reviewed its legislative priorities.

Sitka wildlife violations include tardy fish tickets

Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited several Sitkans for wildlife violations yesterday (1-18-16).

Grounded boat spills fuel into Neva Strait

86b34817-e0d3-4ba4-b3f1-3d513a772097A 38-foot fishing vessel, the F/V Yankee, ran aground in the Northside of Neva Strait, on Tuesday night (01-12-16), spilling 150 gallons of diesel fuel into the water.

Raptor Center says goodbye to iconic eagle

HALiThe Alaska Raptor Center lost one of its famed and feathered ambassadors last month. HALi, a bald eagle, died in early December, due to health reasons. She was around 6 years old.

Stedman: “Southeast needs to be treated fairly”

Stedman, a vocal opponent of SB21, says Alaska has to find an oil revenue structure "that doesn't change with every governor." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Republican senator Bert Stedman, who serves Southeast’s islands from Icy Strait to the border, will join his fellow legislators as they gavel into session on Tuesday (01-19-15). KCAW’s Emily Kwong sat down with Stedman to talk about his session priorities. He says he wants to ensure that - in the battle of what to cut - Southeast gets a fair deal.

PFD voter initiative moves forward

730afb19-00d0-4aeb-8495-7579960e089cA statewide effort with Sitka roots to make voting easier culminated today when petitioners submitted thousands of signatures to the Division of Elections. Supporters of the ballot initiative are hoping in the future residents will be simultaneously signed up to vote when they submit for their annual checks.

City finds source of power outages

IMG_5066-500x333Did you experience a power blip this week? The City Electric Department says a damaged high-voltage connection point was likely the cause.

Garbage rates to rise 21%

Garbage collection rates will rise for the first time in a decade, by 21% (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)At its regular meeting this week (01-12-16), the Assembly passed an ordinance to raise Sitka's garbage rates, appointed over a dozen Sitkans to committees, and learned about the Planning Commission's process for revamping the Sitka Comprehensive Plan.