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Outage traced to Green Lake turbine

Most of Sitka lost power for about a half-hour Wednesday afternoon (4-29-15), but the new equipment at the Blue Lake project was not to blame. A gate at the Green Lake No. 2 turbine was the culprit.

Sitka hospital’s turnaround to happen one idea at a time

Hospital Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Brandt reports on her group's results. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka Community Hospital's management held a town hall-style meeting Monday night (4-27-15) to try and better understand the things the hospital is doing well, and some things that it is not doing so well.

After 75 years, family keeps Sitka Sentinel running

Image0_SentinelThe Sitka Sentinel celebrated its 75th anniversary last year without much fanfare. As many newspapers in big cities have folded or turned into online only operations, the Sentinel has continued publishing five issues a week. The paper is owned and edited by Thad and Sandy Poulson, journalist who arrived in 1969 and are determined to keep the press running.

Responders use cell phone signal to trace injured woman

Responders found the woman next to a piling under the downtown Forest Service dock. (KCAW photo, Rachel Waldholz)An injured Sitka woman was safely transported to medical care on Monday, after responders located her using a cell phone signal.

Sitka Salmon Shares buys plant, expands its direct sales model

Sitka fisherman Spencer Severson owns one of eleven vessels which supply Sitka Salmon Shares.Launched 5 years ago, Sitka Salmon Shares now has over 2,000 customers who buy seafood across the midwest. The company just purchased Big Blue Fisheries in order to expand its operations.

Board looks to private sector to fund Community Schools

The Sitka School Board Wednesday night (4-22-15) approved a budget for next year with only 3 fewer teachers -- but left open the question of whether or not to keep the Community Schools program.

Assembly approves electric rate hikes on first reading

Sitkans should expect electric rates to rise this year, but it’s not clear yet by how much. The assembly passed two separate rate increases, on first reading. One would raise rates all at once, while the other would likely spread the increase over several years.

Assembly gives high marks to City Administrator, Attorney

City Administrator Mark Gorman, speaking with the assembly at his evaluation, on April 22, 2015. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)The Sitka Assembly gave City Administrator Mark Gorman and City Attorney Robin Koutchak high marks at their annual evaluations on Tuesday night (4-21-15). And while a good evaluation usually means a pay raise, both of Sitka’s top officials declined to take any more salary, in light of next year’s unusually tight budget.

Botanists look to fern for clues to Southeast’s past

Brad Krieckhaus, botanist at the Sitka Ranger District, made the first modern find of the fern on the southwest side of Baranof Island in Summer 2005.A species of fern common in Asia has been found in Southeast Alaska. But unlike invasive species, Wright’s filmy fern is an early colonizer. And figuring out how and when it got here is the next piece of the puzzle.

Feds propose removing most humpback whales from endangered species list

NOAA Fisheries has proposed splitting humpbacks into fourteen populations and removing ten of those populations from the endangered species list. (Amy Kennedy/NOAA)The federal government is proposing to remove most humpback whales from the endangered species list. Forty-five years after the whales were first listed, federal scientists say that most humpback populations -- including those common in Alaska - are stable and growing.