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Sitkans react to gay marriage ruling

Image courtesy Mel Green/FlickrAlthough same-sex marriage has been legal in Alaska since last October, residents of Sitka and visitors alike had thoughtful reactions to Friday's (6-26-2015) landmark decision by the US Supreme Court.

School board backs administrator job-share, raises pool fees

The Sitka School Board endorsed the hiring of co-assistant superintendents, raised fees at the Blatchley Pool, and accepted the resignation of ailing member Tom Conley.

SAR responds to fourth call in four days

Sitka Search and Rescue responded to yet another call this week -- the fourth in four days. Family members reported two campers who didn’t return on time. The couple were found unhurt, but as KCAW’s Vanessa Walker reports, the summer search and rescue season is officially underway.

Lael Grant declared dead, homicide suspected

An image from the "Help Find Lael Grant" Facebook page, which now has 1,426 followers.A Sitka woman missing for nearly three years has been declared dead. Police are now investigating her disappearance as a homicide.

Assembly considers absorbing Convention and Visitors Bureau

A screenshot of the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau website. The assembly has voted to dissolve the bureau. (Screenshot June 24, 2015)The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night directed the city to explore how it might take on the functions of the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau. The assembly voted in February to dissolve the bureau.

Administrative team doubles-down on Sitka school district

Sarah Ferrency and Phil Burdick at Pacific High. Ferrency says she puts job sharing in context: "When you're one person, you can't be in two places at once." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)It’s a two-for-one deal that’s likely unprecedented in Alaska. This fall when students and teachers return to the Sitka School District they’ll be greeted not by one assistant superintendent -- but two.

Repeal senior sales tax exemption? Assembly says…maybe

The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night postponed action on a proposal to repeal the senior citizen sales tax exemption. The measure would replace the exemption with a rebate program for low-income seniors.

SAR responds to third call in two days

Sitka Search and Rescue responded to its third call in two days on Monday (6-22-15) after receiving a report that a woman had fallen nearly 40 feet down a cliff in Herring Cove.

SAR responds to two calls on Father’s Day

The Coast Guard came in to assist Sitka Search and Rescue on 6-21-2015 at Bear Mountain. (Photo courtesy Sitka Search and Rescue)Sitka Search and Rescue team had a busy day Sunday (6-21-15) -- responding to two separate calls from hikers in need of help.

Silver Bay Seafoods to pay $75k environmental fine

Sitka-based fish processor Silver Bay Seafoods has agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty for improperly discharging fish waste in the Valdez harbor.