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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Times 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.
In 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.
During 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.
The 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.
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.