School board approves $300,000 English curriculum purchase

Nat_Geo_ReachThe Sitka School Board has authorized the purchase of nearly $300,000-worth of new reading and writing curriculum for the elementary grades.

Pacific High graduates ready for future

IMG_7393Pacific High School’s three latest graduates are now on to bigger and brighter things. The alternative high school held its commencement ceremony Thursday night (5-19-16) at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. It was filled with traditional Alaska native drumming, heartfelt wishes and hopes for the future.

State, Southeast group to reconsider ferry system

5-19-16 Squarer - Walker, White shake hands after MOU is signedThe state and a regional development group are combining forces to develop a new business and management plan for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Police ID shooters, resolve case

The Sitka Police Department has identified the group of people allegedly shooting at the water off of the Chaichei Islands this past weekend.

Police look for reckless shooters

The Sitka Police Department is trying to identify a group of people who allegedly shot guns at the water off of Chaichei Islands over the weekend.

Term limits, dropped incumbent on Sealaska ballot

A resolution calling for term limits is before Sealaska's 22,000 shareholders.Sealaska shareholders are deciding whether to impose term limits on the corporation’s board. They're also considering nine candidates for four board seats.

Coast Guard rescues two fishermen near Sitka

IMG_4519 (1)A Coast Guard crew rescued two Sitka-based commercial fishermen from a sinking boat near the Fairweather fishing grounds early this morning (Tue 5-17-16).

Anchorage resident injured in Yakutat bear attack

Brown_Bear_sheilacameronAn Anchorage man was mauled by a brown bear near Yakutat over the weekend. 29-year-old Kenneth Steck was medevacked to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage on Friday (5-13-16) after suffering extensive bite wounds.

Debut novel’s story of determination ‘a love letter’ to Alaska

Alaskan_LaundrySoutheast Alaska is a good setting for a coming-of-age story. The rigors of the jobs available to young people here -- mostly in the fishing industry -- and the hazards of the landscape can make or break anyone.

Reckless driver takes out pole, cuts power to Sitka

The 2002 Honda Pilot rests in the bushes next to the pole it broke in half. Up above are Sitka's 69kV transmission lines. (Sitka Electric Dept. photo)Much of Sitka was without power Sunday night (5-15-16) after a car smashed into a utility pole at about 11 PM. The 2002 Honda Pilot hit the pole in the 1300-block of Sawmill Creek Road, more or less severing it.