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Sitka schools catch quarter-million budget break

After months of meetings and wrangling over the 2017 budget, the Sitka School board learned that fiscal year 2016, which ends in a week, will close out with a quarter-million dollar surplus.

Volunteers retrieve injured hiker from Verstovia Trail

39188ef9-f000-4bd9-af73-fb45e77f31a6Early Sunday evening, Sitka Mountain Rescue received word of an injured hiker on the Mt. Verstovia trail. Gregory Raschick of Sitka injured his knee at 1600 feet, while descending the mountain with a group of family and friends. Raschick is a longtime volunteer for Sitka Mountain Rescue, so he knew exactly what to do.

Hoonah Native corporation names new CEO

Russell Dick will take over as Huna Totem CEO this fall. The Native corporation for Hoonah operates the Icy Strait Point tourist attraction. (File photo)Huna Totem Corp. will soon have its first shareholder CEO. Board of Directors Chairman Russell Dick will become the corporation’s CEO and president Oct. 1.

Grocery mural tells farm-to-table story

13321809_1132783143409836_4054324007516417229_nThe paint is finally dry on a new mural in Sitka. Cara Jane Murray’s new work, Everything Comes to Life, adds a splash of color to the corner of Baranof and Oja Street, encompassing an exterior wall of a local grocery store.

Relay runs its way to $14,000

Carrie Spackman leads a group of cancer survivors and their caregivers around the bases at last weekend's Relay For Life event (Photo KCAW/Katherine Rose).Last weekend was Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Despite the misting rains, about 30 Sitkans came together to walk the track around Moller Field and share stories of survival.

In a flash, Girl Scouts resolve HPR crosswalk issue

Girl Scout Troop 4140 poses for Sentinel photographer James Poulson on Peterson Street. ack row from left to right: Retha Winger, Stan Filler Sr. Sitka CHARR,  John Weitkamp Sitka Rotary Club, Giant Stuffed Duck,, Loyd Platson chair of Police and Fire Commission, Doug Osborne Sitka Community Hospital.
Middle row: Zheng Arce, McDonalds restaurant,  Autumn Dinsmore, Sitka Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt, Margaret Peterson, Amy Bergman Oceanside Therapy Center.
 Front row: Sharon Bergman Sitka Rotary Club, Rianna Bergman, and chiropractor  Besty Decker. (KCAW photo Robert Woolsey)After years of government inertia, the Girls Scouts of Troop 4140 in Sitka have spearheaded the installation of flashing crosswalk signs along some of the busiest state road in town.

Dance group reflects cross-border cultural resurgence

Wayne Carlick, left, and others drum as more than 30 people take the stage during Celebration 2016. The Atlin, British Columbia, group included relates from Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Southeast Alaska’s Tlingit culture doesn’t stop at the Canadian border. An Inland Tlingit group from up the Taku River has strong connections to Alaska.

After seven years at sea, avalanche experts stop in Sitka

Jill Fredston, author and avalanche expert, stands aboard her boat docked in Eliason Harbor.You may be surprised to learn that Jill Fredston doesn’t row everywhere. Fredston and her husband Doug Fesler arrived recently in Sitka aboard their yellow cruiser, the Compañera with a pair of rowing shells lashed on deck.

Assembly: “The city can’t afford to get into the welfare business.”

6286669386_50339e779e_zThe Sitka Assembly voted down an ordinance last night (6-14-16) to subsidize the utility bills of low income Sitkans. Bill sponsor Tristan Guevin said he’d still like to city do more to help those most in need.

Sitkans hold vigil for Orlando shooting victims

IMG_7711A crowd of nearly 100 Sitkans gathered in Totem Square last night (06-13-16), to honor the 49 victims of Sunday's (06-12-16) shooting at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub. The group gathered beneath a blue sky in a big circle and, holding strips of orange paper, took turns reading the forty nine name aloud.