Garbage rates likely to increase for first time in ten years

rateincrease_solidwasteTuesday night (10-27-15), the Sitka Assembly approved a contract with Alaska Pacific Environmental Services to continue collecting Sitka’s garbage. The agreement does come with one important caveat: In their bid, Alaska Pacific said customer rates must increase by 21.3%.

Police identify cemetery vandals as group of juveniles

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASitka Police have caught the culprits behind a series of vandalisms in a 200-year-old cemetery. The police acted on a handful of tips from citizens. Lance Ewers, the Sitka Police Lieutenant, described the culprits as a small group of juveniles between the ages of 10 and 12.

Teachers confer about math, science


Teachers examine artificial moon and mars soil at the Alaska Math and Science Conference, held at Sitka High School. (Brielle Schaeffer/KCAW photo)

Hundreds of teachers from across the state convened in Sitka last weekend (10-24-15) for the Alaska Math and … more

Alaska Sacred Harp singers convene in Sitka

10-24-15-Sacred-Harp-group-sing-500x296Sacred Harp singing is a traditional American gospel genre from the South. Several dozen Alaskans involved in the style gathered in Sitka last weekend to share songs and work on their technique.

Repeated vandalism in historic Sitka cemetery

11999035_10153671962404470_3036989099618302492_nIn Sitka, a 200-year old cemetery was severely vandalized by an unknown party this weekend. This is the third time the Russian Orthodox Cemetery was targeted in the past two months. In this most recent incident, vandals knocked over 25 headstones.

Reeder leaves perch at Alaska Raptor Center


The Alaska Raptor Center’s office pal, Tootsie, a saw-whet owl, eyes departing executive director Debbie Reeder. After 13 with the organization, Reeder is leaving her perch. (Brielle Schaeffer, KCAW)

Debbie Reeder is leaving her post as executive director of the … more

Kluting recognized for service

IMG_4553During almost three decades of volunteering with Sitka Mountain Rescue, Don Kluting saved 15 lives while assisting the U.S. Coast Guard.

Naa Kahídi needs new roof

2014-11-16-100-500x333The Sheet'ká Ḵwáan Naa Kahídi is overdue for an upgrade. At Wednesday’s (10-21-15) STA meeting, general manager Lawrence SpottedBird shared plans to apply for funding from a $600,000 to replace the yellow cedar roof with a synthetic polymer.

Alaskans say the ferry system is worth the cost

Students protest cuts in the marine highway system budget at the Kake ferry terminal last March. (Photo courtesy Adam Davis/Sustainable Southeast Partnership)Coastal Alaskans told state officials why the ferry system needs to be maintained during a meeting Friday (10-23-15) afternoon in Sitka.

Vacant Sitka Hotel gets new owner, remodel

IMG_4544You’ve probably noticed the construction happening downtown on Lincoln Street. The Sitka Hotel has a new owner with big plans for the iconic building.