Sitka budget lands with a floatplane dock, but fewer staff

Kevin Knox stands on "A-29," the FAA designation for Sitka's seaplane base. Knox is a recreational pilot, but his connections are professional. He's an advocate on behalf of the Southeast Alaska Aviation Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and he's the representative for Sitka's seaplane base in the Airport Support Network. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)To make ends meet, City Hall is consolidating or leaving unfilled 5 positions. A sixth city staffer was laid off. Critical repairs to Sitka's seaplane base -- at $170,000 -- passed just under the wire.

Sitka Summer Music Festival starts with Beethoven

Indonesia_1300_v1The Sitka Summer Music Festival began with gusto this week. For the first half of the month-long chamber music residency, the Cypress String Quartet will be performing all of Beethoven’s string quartets. These performances are extra special because they are among the last for the San Francisco-based group, which has been performing for two decades.

Party politics shape race for House 35 legislative seat

Sheila Finkenbinder (r.) will run as a Republican against two-term Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.There will be a race for the House District 35 seat in the legislature, but not until fall. Republican Sheila Finkenbinder will challenge 2-term Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins to represent Sitka-Petersburg-Hoonah and SE villages.

Jordans weigh in on three decades of Sitka Derby

Eric and Sara Jordan stand in front of their troller, the "I Gotta." Eric says the unusual name came with the boat which he bought from his mother.  (KCAW photo/Katherine Rose)Eric and Sarah Jordan participate in the Sitka Salmon derby on the other side of the scale. The couple has been running a derby weigh station from their salmon troller for the last 30 years.

Sitka derby leader says ‘anything can happen’

Charlie Skultka, Sr., with his leading king. He knows that with two days to go "anything can happen." (Facebook photo/Kendra Lee Skultka)This year’s Sitka Salmon Derby leader, Charlie Skultka, Sr., landed his fish -- which could be worth $7,500 -- about 5 minutes from the dock.

Assembly uses cuts, savings to close budget gap

7569786950_d487c36075_zTimes are tight in Sitka, but the Assembly has managed to balance the budget. How? Through combination of cuts, rate hikes, and money in reserve that may not be around next year.

A force awakens: Sitka High ’16 graduates

IMG_7534In a packed gym of beaming family and friends, seventy students became alumni of Sitka High School. Speeches were given. Selfies were taken. And while students and staff reflected on the journey ahead, many paid homage to their Sitka roots.

City to repair seaplane dock

IMG_3542-500x375During their regular meeting Tuesday (5-24-16), the Assembly authorized funding to repair Sitka’s public seaplane dock, which was condemned this winter after one the pilings crumbled.

Assembly explores utility assistance program

10157436313_ea1c09dec4_zThe centerpiece of Tuesday night's (5-24-16) Assembly meeting was the cost of living in Sitka. Specifically, how some Sitkans are struggling to pay their utility bills and whether the city should provide assistance. Two Assembly members propose a subsidization program.

Bear attack survivor: ‘Grace was extended to me’

The survivor of a brown bear mauling near Yakutat 10 days ago says the animal was startled, and attacked instinctively. Ken Steck is recovering from his wounds. He spoke recently with KCAW.