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Diesel stove likely cause of boat fire

IMG_8534A 32-foot commercial fishing boat caught fire early Monday morning (07-25-16) in ANB Harbor. The F/V American Express, a gillnetter, was tied up on the outer side of the transient float.

July 26, 2016: What’s happening at tonight’s Assembly meeting?

4434354492_8e440d4999_oWhen the Assembly meets tonight (07-26-16), they’ll continue discussing Sitka's property tax structure, receive an update on bulk water contracts, and sign-off on rate increases written into the FY17 budget. Those include a 5% increase in moorage fees and a 1% increase in water and wastewater fees.

Zika patient treated in Sitka

Location-MEHostpital-1024x683The state department of Health and Social Services announced the first known case of the Zika Virus in the state today belonging to a patient treated at SEARHC’s Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Don Young visit sparks protests

IMG_7479Congressman Don Young was scheduled to speak to the Chamber of Commerce at noon yesterday (07-21-16). But he first had to pass through a group of pretty disgruntled constituents.

Sitka Seafood Festival issues SOS

parade 3 2013The Sitka Seafood Festival has issued a call for help. The 2016 festival was placed on hold earlier this year. Alicia Haseltine, vice-president of the festival board, says the decision was made after the event lost several of their leaders.

Pokemon swarm Sitka streets

617af198-e461-4fc8-8d40-51456a6939d6Pokemon GO is based on an incredibly popular Japanese franchise. There are video games and trading cards, TV shows and toys. And now, there’s a game for smart phones that’s taking the world - and Sitka - by storm. Downloadable audio

Coast Guard rescues charter fisherman

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 69-year-old man from a charter vessel Tuesday morning (07-19-16) from Snipe Bay, 40 nautical miles south of Sitka.

Drug-free coalition wins $600,000 grant for Sitka

IMG_7326The state’s Division of Health and Social Services awarded Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services and the HOPE Coalition a grant of $150,000 per year, for up to four years, to address prescription opioid and heroin abuse in Sitka.

Assembly cracks down on bad debts

16363037299_4cb5c4d815_z-500x281At their regular meeting Tuesday night (07-12-16), the Sitka Assembly passed - on second and final reading - a comprehensive revision of Sitka’s credit and debt collection policy.

VIDEO: Air crew rescues injured hiker from Mt. Verstovia

Michigan resident Debra Valentine is brought aboard an Air Station Sitka rescue helicopter. (USCG image)An Air Station Sitka helicopter crew rescued a woman off of Mt. Verstovia Tuesday evening (7-12-16), after she fell and injured her knee.