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Governor declares disaster in Sitka, freeing up relief funds

150818_slides_Waldholz_01On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment, but that the incident is ongoing and total recovery costs are unknown. According to Gorman, the cost of emergency response alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars. Individual assistance and family grants are also available, at a cap of $16,450 per household.

Source of large oil spill in ANB Harbor identified

IMG_2990The Coast Guard has determined the source of a large diesel spill that spread from Sitka Sound into ANB harbor yesterday morning (08-31-15). The source was a commercial vessel south of ANB Harbor, Since the spill wasn’t reported for several hours, the size could have been anywhere from 50 gallons to 300 gallons. That made clean-up difficult.

Sitka organizations offer free counseling in aftermath of slides

From left, John Raasch, of Youth Advocates of Sitka; Marita Bailey, Amy Zanuzoski and Carol Berge, of Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services; and Parcae Soule, of SEARHC, spoke about counseling resources available to Sitkans. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)As the city continues to cope with the aftermath of last week’s landslides, Sitka's emergency responders had one key message on Thursday: take care of yourself, and make sure to ask for help if you need it.

Nine days in, landslide response starts to scale back

City crews continued to focus Thursday on removing debris from the Kramer Avenue landslide site, working on a cleanup that officials estimate could take a month or more.

Cross Country to open school sports year this weekend

27 students are on the Sitka High 2015 Cross Country team. (KCAW photo/Charles Bingham)The Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe high school cross-country running teams will hit the trails this weekend when they host their only home meet of the season.

Veteran teachers to lead Sitka’s high schools

Mandy Summer (l.) and Lyle Sparrowgrove have decades of combined experience in the classroom. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Both of Sitka’s high schools have new principals -- and both are familiar faces with a lot of teaching experience.

Chamber of Commerce likely to take over Sitka visitor services

A screenshot of the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau website. The assembly has voted to dissolve the bureau. (Screenshot June 24, 2015)The saga of Sitka’s Convention and Visitors Bureau continued Tuesday night, as the assembly moved one step closer to fully dissolving the bureau and hiring an outside contractor to do its work -- likely the Sitka Chamber of Commerce.

City still investigating cause of diesel spill

The diesel from the Jarvis Street Power Plant leaked into Sitka Sound through this storm water drain at Eagle Beach. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)The Sitka Assembly received an update on last week’s diesel spill at the city’s Jarvis Street Power Plant.

Speaking at Assembly, officials say: Thank you, Sitka

Sitka Police Lt. Lance Ewers speaks to volunteers and friends and family of the missing men at Grace Harbor Church on August 19, the day after Sitka was hit by a series of landslides. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)At the first meeting of the Sitka Assembly since last week’s landslides, city officials spoke emotionally about the loss of three local men -- and said they had been overwhelmed by the response of city staff, volunteers, and ordinary citizens.

Oso battalion chief: Sitka slide is ‘déjà vu’

Among all the expertise imported by Sitka to aid in the recovery operation at the Kramer Avenue slide, one man finds this disaster hits very close to home.