PFD voter initiative moves forward

730afb19-00d0-4aeb-8495-7579960e089cA statewide effort with Sitka roots to make voting easier culminated today when petitioners submitted thousands of signatures to the Division of Elections. Supporters of the ballot initiative are hoping in the future residents will be simultaneously signed up to vote when they submit for their annual checks.

City finds source of power outages

IMG_5066-500x333Did you experience a power blip this week? The City Electric Department says a damaged high-voltage connection point was likely the cause.

Garbage rates to rise 21%

Garbage collection rates will rise for the first time in a decade, by 21% (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)At its regular meeting this week (01-12-16), the Assembly passed an ordinance to raise Sitka's garbage rates, appointed over a dozen Sitkans to committees, and learned about the Planning Commission's process for revamping the Sitka Comprehensive Plan.

Sitka to request 200 ft. buffer around pot business

200feet_downtownTuesday night (01-12-16), the Sitka Assembly decided to contest the state’s proposed setback distance for pot business. With a vote of 5-2, Sitka joins Petersburg in penning a letter to the State Department of Law, requesting the setback be reduced from 500 feet to 200 feet, at minimum.

Under new schedule, summer ferry service to Sitka expands

The fast ferry Fairweather sails Chatham Strait, between Admiralty and Chichagof islands in 2010. One of its four new engines broke March 7 while sailing Prince William Sound. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway System released its summer 2016 ferry schedule today (01-12-16), and as expected, it includes trimmed-down service. But service to Sitka is far more robust than originally proposed.

Community-supported fishery wins grant

20150524_sitka_880Sitka’s community supported fishery - called Alaskans Own - has received a $4500 grant to expand operations. With this money, the CSF hopes to sell more Alaskan fish to more Alaskan customers.

City investigating power blips

IMG_5074-500x333Small blips in power throughout Sitka over the last week have the city scrambling to fix the problem.

‘Sitka Public Library’ ready for books

Library commissioner Jane Eidler explores the stacks of the soon-to-be-filled Sitka Public Library. 9KCAW photo/Robert WoolseyIt’s official: the contractor handed off the keys to the newly-renovated Sitka Public Library, this week and the Sitka Library Commission moved right in. Commissioners discussed plans for bringing the books home.

Commission looks to Sitkans for new plan

Planning documents refer to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan, but the document is seldom used, according to Maegan Bosak, Sitka's director of Community Development.The Sitka Comprehensive Plan has been revised many times since the late 1950s, sometimes by paid consultants. This time through, however, the commission would like to see more citizen involvement.

Learning the ropes at the Young Fishermen’s Summit

Participants in the 2015 summit practice testifying  at a "mock Board of Fisheries" training session.This year the Alaska Sea Grant Program is hosting its 6th Annual Young Fishermen’s Summit in Juneau to introduce newbies to the industry.