Southeast News

Three apply for school board vacancy

Brent Edwards, Jennifer Carter and Dionne Brady-Howard have applied to fill a vacancy on the Sitka School Board.

Sitka’s hospitals consider integrating operations

Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation)A consultant’s plan recommends Sitka Community Hospital combine operations with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

School district takes on poor attendance

The Sitka School Board met Tuesday (9-20-16) at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School to discuss absenteeism.Sitka’s School District is beginning a new effort to target absenteeism.

Stormy weather diverts three Sitka cruise ships

The Holland America Cruise Ship Westerdam prepares to dock in Juneau July 16, 2012. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)Gale-force winds and high seas on the outer coast are keeping about 4,500 cruise ship travelers from seeing Sitka this week.

UPDATE: Body of missing hiker found

Michael Hansen was last seen leaving his apartment at 10:30 a.m. Monday. His vehicle was found at the trailhead, off Sawmill Creek Road, at noon today , 9-20-16. (Courtesy Sitka Search and Rescue)The body of Michael Hansen was found by searchers earlier today (09/23/16). Hansen’s family has been notified of his death and the investigation is ongoing.

Dead Sitka Sound whale probably killed by ship

Researchers collect samples from a beached humpback whale carcass Saturday on a Sitka Sound beach.A dead whale found floating near Sitka last week was probably killed by a ship. That’s the conclusion of a pathologist who inspected the carcass.

Columbia damage means less ferry service to Sitka

The M/V Columbia, recently re-powered, is not one of the three ships which could possibly be retired soon. (Flickr/Gillfoto)Sitka will have no Alaska Marine Highway service Sept. 26 to Oct. 9. The two-week gap comes because the ferry Columbia will soon head to a drydock for repairs.

Subsidies to expand rural broadband, cell service

A new plan will extend high-speed broadband and cell service in rural areas. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)More Alaskans will have affordable access to mobile phones and broadband internet, thanks to a change in federal communication rules and funding.

Enhanced IDs help tribal members cross borders

LO-RES-FEA-PHOTO-ID-CARD-pascua-yaqui-tribal-id-card-AP100730125893-e1300734335856Enrolled members of Alaska’s largest tribal government are getting enhanced photo IDs. They can be used for border crossings and some other situations where official identification is necessary.

Most incumbents do well in Southeast primaries

I voted stickerTuesday’s primary election was pretty low-key in Southeast Alaska. The real battle for state House and Senate candidates will come during the general election. But a few trends emerged.