Earlier this week the skies over Eagle Beach in Sitka were filled with smoke and steam, as a carving team worked to transform a cedar dugout into an elegant, seaworthy canoe.
FEMA will be stepping in to fund landslide mapping in Sitka. The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, who will be leading the research project, announced the news on Tuesday.
Sitka National Historical Park's trails were closed for about an hour while park staff and the police responded. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also tried to locate the bear.
A helicopter from Air Station Sitka medevacked a Hoonah man to Juneau on Saturday afternoon (10-1-16), after he was mauled by a brown bear. It was the 5th brown bear attack since August in the area.
Alaska’s largest ferry will be down for repairs longer than expected. Another ship will fill in, but it’s smaller and some travelers will have to make other arrangements.
During their regular meeting last Tuesday night (09-27-16), the Assembly approved - on first reading - a dedicated fund for student activity travel using marijuana fees. They also set aside money for landslide mitigation and received a half a million dollar check from Sitka Community Hospital.
The Sitka School Board has appointed a Mt. Edgecumbe Social Studies teacher Dionne Brady-Howard to a vacant seat after five rounds of deadlocked balloting.
The city of Sitka is struggling to pay off the Blue Lake Dam in a big way. The project was largely funded through bond proceeds. But due to a major decline in electric usage by Sitka customers, the city doesn’t have enough money to meet the bond payment.
About 4,500 acres of heavily-logged forest will return to wilderness under a deal involving the federal government and a Southeast Alaska Native corporation.
Sitka Community Hospital must integrate operations with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or risk closing within three years.