Japanese delegation visits from Sitka’s Sister City

IMG_6925Sitka has a sister city in Nemuro, Japan. Like Sitka, Nemuro is an ocean-facing fishing port, but bigger - about 30,000 people to Sitka’s 10,000. And on Monday (04-04-16), Nemuro citizens visited Sitka’s city hall to commemorate their decades-long relationship.

Surf’s up in Sitka

160401_Surf_Schaeffer01Warmer winters have pushed Sitka snowboarders and other adventurers out of the mountains and into the water. The ocean swell and rock breaks right near the heart of town create prime wave conditions. But locals are worried about revealing too much about their secret spot.

State calls off student testing

Upwards of 70,000 students were scheduled to take the online Alaska Measures of Progress assessments this month. Those tests are now canceled because of technical issues. (Photo from AAI's website)Upwards of 70,000 students were scheduled to take Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) assessments across a five-week window, but in a press release issued on Friday (04-01-16), Alaska's Department of Education & Early Development called the whole thing off.

Sealaska sending $16 million to shareholders

(Graphic courtesy Corp.'s approximately 22,000 tribal members will each get between $129 and $1,082, depending on their status.

Need to deliver bad news? Let Brielle say it better

Music to his ears - NOT! Schaeffer (r.) tells KCAW host Ted Howard that his wife isn't all that into mandolin after all. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Since she arrived at KCAW, people in Sitka and around the state have been asking Schaeffer to say things that they’d really rather not say themselves. Now, she's turned that silvery voice into gold.

Landslide suit raises questions about Benchlands liability

Recovery crews halt work while a trained cadaver dog scents the site where the body of 62-year-old William Stortz was later located. (KCAW photo, Robert Woolsey)The August 18th landslide in Sitka was unprecedented, raising safety concerns about property development in the Benchlands. Now, a lawsuit by one of the owners whose house was destroyed is raising legal questions about who is responsible: the city or the developer?

Sitkans open conversation on racial equity

ANDORE_imgA two-day meeting in Sitka this weekend (Apr 1-2) will address community concerns over racism. Tom Gamble will facilitate a program called Advancing Native Dialogues On Racial Equities.

National Parks to care for Castle Hill, Old Sitka this summer

IMG_4348The Sitka National Historical Park will oversee Castle Hill and Old Sitka again this summer. The State Department of Natural Resources announced last week that the two agencies have renewed their cooperative management agreement for another season.

Sitka teachers agree to no pay raise next year

Sitka_School_District_logoThe Sitka School Board and district teachers have signed off on a new three-year contract. For the first year of the deal, at least, teachers agreed to take no pay raise.

Severed internet cable interrupts student testing in Alaska

The Center for Educational Testing reports that around 15,000 students were online nationwide when the outage occurred. Their test results should be unaffected.Alaska’s star-crossed educational testing system suffered another setback today (Tue 3-29-16), when a fiber-optic cable near the University of Kansas was severed at about 1:30 PM Central Daylight Time.