Southeast lawmakers split on Walker budget plan

Reps. Cathy Muñoz, center, and Sam Kito, right, listed as Sen. Dennis Egan makes a point. The three Juneau lawmakers make up half of Southeast’s legislative delegation. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)Southeast Alaska lawmakers are giving Gov. Bill Walker’s spending plan mixed reviews. Some are ready to change the way government is funded, while others are not.

Sitka’s 2015: The year we met our better selves

No matter how bad it gets, Sitkans will always show up for this party: Alaska Day 2015. (KCAW photo/Emily Kwong)In spite of everything, 2015 will be remembered as a good year in Sitka. It’s the year that the community’s faith, grit, and forward-thinking principles were put to the test. It's the year we met our better selves.

Southeast’s year in review: ferries, logging and mining

Three ferries tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in the winter of 2012. Commercial users will likely pay higher rates beginning next winter. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The year 2015 saw the beginnings of major changes to the Alaska Marine Highway, the Tongass National Forest and the possible future of transboundary mines.

Citizens’ Task Force searches for answers, consensus

The expanded Sitka Public Library will open on February 1. Critics of government spending continue to point to major capital projects such as the library and the Performing Arts Center as being beyond Sitka's means to maintain. (KCAW photo/Bill Foster)Sitka is looking to its residents for answers about how to best raise revenues and decrease spending. With their first report duein 3 weeks, the Citizens’ Task Force has some way to go before reaching consensus.

Food, cheer for all at Sitka ANB/ANS Annual Christmas Dinner

No one goes hungry in Sitka on Christmas Day. The annual ANB/ANS Community Christmas Dinner takes place at 2 PM December 25 in the ANB Founders Hall.

Board considers $100 offer for Fortress bear habitat

Black bear cubs Smokey, Bandit, and Tuliaan were orphaned in Juneau and Seward in 2013. They make short work of a tent baited with grapes and graham crackers, during a demonstration for elementary students this spring. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)One of the original tenants at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park in Sitka is offering to buy the property it’s leased for the last 12 years, but the deal is not sitting well with the park’s board.

Healthcare navigator steers Sitkans toward Medicaid

Since September 1 low-income Alaskans have been able to sign up for Medicaid in Alaska. We checked in with a local health insurance “navigator” to find out if Sitkans were taking advantage of the opportunity.

Santa Claus comes to town at Landlubbers parade

IMG_5186Santa arrived in town via firetruck on Sunday (12-20-15) during the Landlubbers Christmas Parade on Lincoln Street. The man in red then heard present requests at Kettleson Memorial Library and handed out books to dozens of bright-eyed kids.

Christmas decorations light up Sitka

Mike Romine stands in front of his home on Wachusetts Street. He even provided a low-power FM signal so viewers could listen to holiday music in their vehicles. (KCAW photo/Brielle Schaeffer)Mike Romine is a Sitka man with a love of Christmas lights. His home has become an attraction every December with its huge displays, coordinated to musical hits. But this season, as Sitkans work to recover from a deadly natural disaster, the lights hold a special meaning.

‘Star Wars’ hits Sitka

2000px-Star_Wars_Logo.svgA line snaked out the door at the Coliseum Theater on Thursday night, as people anxiously waited to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the latest in the famous science fiction series.