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Assembly passes marijuana law on first reading

The personal use of marijuana becomes legal in Alaska on Feb. 24, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Pixaby)As written, Sitka’s law would forbid marijuana consumption in public places, including restaurants and bars. But it leaves the door open to private cannabis clubs or cafes and allows the Assembly to consider exemptions for special events.

Panel considers pros, cons of commercial marijuana in Sitka

Chamber marijuana panel (l to r) Scott Brylinski, Robin Koutchak, Robyn Taylor, Sheldon Schmitt. Other than practical business matters, the Chamber audience was interested in making sure that legalization did not increase the use of marijuana by kids. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)During this week’s Chamber meeting (1-28-15), members talked with local officials who are helping to shape the policies that Sitka may adopt if commercial marijuana becomes a reality.

UPDATE: Video Recording of 1/27 Assembly Meeting

KCAW was unable to broadcast Tuesday night's (1-27-15) meeting, due to technical issues. Here you'll find a full video recording of the January 27th, 2015 Assembly Meeting, courtesy of the City and Borough of Sitka and recorded by Dan Etulain.

New Sealaska logging sites near earlier cuts

1-20-15 Sealaska Vice President and General Counsel Jaeleen Araujo, front row right, describes Tongass land being tranferred to the regional Native corporation under terms of recently-passed legislation. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Sealaska says it will begin logging its new lands later this year. The first parcels cut will be on Prince of Wales Island and the Cleveland Peninsula.

Sitka to sell several properties to Silver Bay Seafoods

Selling off the park is within the GPIP board's mission: “Unlike other property owned by the 
municipality, the former Alaska Pulp Corporation mill site was acquired not for governmental 
purposes from the state or federal government, but for economic development and disposal."  (GPIP photo)Sitka will sell off a significant portion of its land at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park. The Assembly approved the sale at its meeting Tuesday night. It’s the first of what may be several sales at the former pulp mill site.

Artesian well cleaned to improve flows; will open Wednesday

The flow rate of water from the artesian well had slowed significantly in the past few years,  prompting X to seek funding for inspection and cleaning. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)The Forest Service temporarily closed the artesian well for system inspection last Wednesday (1-21-15). District Ranger Perry Edwards says the water was always safe to drink. The problem was that it was coming out too slowly.

Sitka bike rider medevacked after collision with truck

A Sitka High School freshman was medevacked to Harborview Hospital in Seattle after being struck by a vehicle Friday evening (1-23-15). 15-year old Cody Bergman is in stable condition, according to close family friends, and he is responsive. However, doctors are keeping him sedated while they assess the extent of his injuries.

Marc Luiken is state’s new transportation commissioner

8-19-11 Marc Luiken at Jno C of C horiz widerThere’s a new boss at the state agency overseeing roads, airports and ferries.

What does civil rights mean to 21st century kids?

09-_DSC8605Almost 50 Years after Martin Luther King led the march from Selma to Montgomery, that resulted in the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the landscape of civil rights has changed. There are new faces tackling modern issues in the city of Sitka.

Tongass committee chafes at early deadline

Industry representative Wade Zammit discusses forest transition issues during a Jan. 20 meeting at Juneau’s Aspen Hotel. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Members of the Tongass Advisory Committee are unhappy with Forest Service efforts to speed up their work.