Departing Sitka, Flight 67 weathers lightning strike

Aircraft lightning strikes occur more often than people realize. (Alaska Airlines photo)An Alaska Airlines jet was struck by lightning shortly after leaving Sitka Tuesday evening (11-4-14), but continued on to a safe landing in Juneau. Passengers reported hearing a loud sound similar to a gunshot and felt some minor turbulence.

Southeast votes for Walker, Begich, Dunbar

U.S. Senator Mark Begich speaks to Sitka resident Dirk White at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sen. Mark Begich would be headed back to Washington, D.C., had the rest of the state voted like Southeast. Bill Walker would have solidly won the governor’s race. And Forrest Dunbar would have probably squeaked by.

For Moreno, tourism lets tribal citizens tell their own story

Rachel Moreno was first elected in 2008 and is running for her fourth term (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Three-term incumbent Rachel Moreno is hoping Sitka tribal citizens give her a fourth opportunity to serve on the Tribal Council, in elections planned for next Tuesday, November 11th.

Kreiss-Tomkins reelected by wide margin

Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins celebrates with campaign manager Berett Wilber. Kreiss-Tomkins beat back a challenge from Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson in state House District 35. (KCAW photo/Emily Kwong)Sitka Democrat Kreiss-Tomkins beat Republican Steven Samuelson of Petersburg, 60-percent to 40-percent, in the race for State House District 35. It was a far cry from his first race, in 2012, which he won by 32 votes.

Marijuana and the minimum wage on the minds of voters

Grassroots coalitions and initiative committees have sprung up to lobby votes for or against Ballot Measure 2 .There isn’t a Ballot Measure 1 today. Voters will remember a campaign surrounding that proposition, with sought to overturn Governor Parnell’s oil tax structure. Today’s propositions -- especially measures 2 and 3, are a bit more personal.

Sitka voters to weigh in on 3 ballot props

Voters will decide three propositions Tuesday (11-4-14), ballot measures 2, 3, and 4. Here's a brief rundown of the laws citizens may -- or may not -- pass in this year's general election.

Edenshaw says he wants to reach out

Cliff Edenshaw is running for Tribal Chairman. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Cliff Edenshaw is one of two candidates running for Tribal Council Chairman. And he says he wants the council to reach out more to tribal citizens.

Waterspout prompts brief weather warning

The National Weather Service issued a special marine warning this afternoon, after a local pilot reported a waterspout off Middle Island, near Sitka. The waterspout was reported around noon, moving north.

Clowns, chain saws, and zombie brides…oh my!

IMG_8354Most days, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple is a beacon of safety in Southeast. But on the night before Halloween, the crew members transform the vessel into a haunted ship.

Katlian kick-off meeting talks sidewalks and first steps

01-IMG_3346With planning underway to revitalize Katlian Street, the steering committee organized a town hall meeting to present the four major facets of the project.