On a day that seemed almost guaranteed to produce no record times, two Sitka women on Saturday (7-19-14) crushed the course record in the 21st Alpine Adventure Run. Tasha Folsom took first place in the women’s event, with a time of 1:18:10 -- a full two minutes faster than the record set last year by New York runner Emily deLaBruyere. Second-place woman Emily Routon also beat last year's record time.
Work on Sitka’s Halibut Point Road will extend into the fall, several weeks longer than originally planned, after contractors ran into some unexpected obstacles buried within the road bed.
The state has spent nearly $70-million on transportation projects in Sitka over the last five years, and there’s more on the way -- a single-lane gravel road into Katlian Bay. Al Clough, the regional director for the Department of Transportation, recapped the DOT's plans in Sitka for the Chamber of Commerce (7-16-14).
His name was Romeo, and his story is almost as tragic as his Shakespearian namesake’s. Author Nick Jans has just published A Wolf Called Romeo about the black wolf which captivated Juneau residents for seven winters, before being illegally taken by a hunter in 2009. Jans will be in Sitka this Sunday (7-20-14) for a signing at Old Harbor books.
There are now a handful of thrift shops and consignment stores in Sitka, but for decades there was only one: The White Elephant. In business for over 50 years, the White E -- as locals call it -- has contributed millions of dollars to support nonprofits, and to assist individuals in need of a helping hand. Until recently, the organization was run exclusively by volunteers