Budget, bulk water round out Assembly action on Tuesday

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)During their regular meeting Tuesday night (06-15-16), the Assembly approved purchase agreements with two bulk water companies, passed the FY17 budget and union bargaining agreements, and assumed control of marijuana licensing in Sitka.

Dance group reflects cross-border cultural resurgence

Wayne Carlick, left, and others drum as more than 30 people take the stage during Celebration 2016. The Atlin, British Columbia, group included relates from Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Southeast Alaska’s Tlingit culture doesn’t stop at the Canadian border. An Inland Tlingit group from up the Taku River has strong connections to Alaska.

After seven years at sea, avalanche experts stop in Sitka

Jill Fredston, author and avalanche expert, stands aboard her boat docked in Eliason Harbor.You may be surprised to learn that Jill Fredston doesn’t row everywhere. Fredston and her husband Doug Fesler arrived recently in Sitka aboard their yellow cruiser, the Compañera with a pair of rowing shells lashed on deck.

Assembly: “The city can’t afford to get into the welfare business.”

6286669386_50339e779e_zThe Sitka Assembly voted down an ordinance last night (6-14-16) to subsidize the utility bills of low income Sitkans. Bill sponsor Tristan Guevin said he’d still like to city do more to help those most in need.

Sitkans hold vigil for Orlando shooting victims

IMG_7711A crowd of nearly 100 Sitkans gathered in Totem Square last night (06-13-16), to honor the 49 victims of Sunday's (06-12-16) shooting at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub. The group gathered beneath a blue sky in a big circle and, holding strips of orange paper, took turns reading the forty nine name aloud.

Bear spray an effective deterrent, with practice!

Stopping a charging bear can be like stopping "a freight train." Forest Service instructors recommend stepping aside as you spray. (Flickr photo/Marshmallow)So far, there have been two bear attacks in Southeast and summer is just getting started. KCAW’s Brielle Schaeffer decided to try her hand at using bear spray and has this story.

Family restores salmon habitat, one tree at a time

01230e3c-0364-4874-aeda-f40e18fc4a99Heavy equipment is rumbling across Kruzof Island near Sitka again, but this time the big rigs are not removing trees -- instead, they’re putting them back.

Vislay’s farewell to Air Station Sitka: ‘Battle complacency’

Relieved Air Station Commander Mark Vislay walks past one of the helicopters he's flown during his two years in Sitka. Vislay is being reassigned as a staff officer of the Coast Guard Commandant. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Commander Mark Vislay handed over the stick at Air Station Sitka to Commander William Lewin, in a ceremony this morning (Friday 6-10-16). Vislay praised his unit and urged them to "battle complacency."

Sitka Sound Science Center awarded $40,000 to design heat pump

Lisa Busch, executive director of the Sitka Sound Science Center, smiles as she accepts a check for $40,000 from Wells Fargo. The money will be used to design a seawater heat pump for the center.The ocean supports a variety of marine life at the Sitka Sound Science Center, and soon it will support human life. This week, the center received funding to design a saltwater heat-pump.

Bailey: Building trust, connections through music

Bailey believes strongly in outreach. "Our mission is to have music everywhere," he says. (Zuill Bailey photo)Performing solo for the Sitka Chamber of Commerce, Cellist Zuill Bailey is a musical force of nature. He believes in the importance of the arts in Alaska, and he makes his case on a 17th-century instrument.