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Sitka High activities budget: A ‘perfect storm’

fea_soccerThe activities budget for Sitka High School may have reached a tipping point -- and it could force the end of some programs. The Sitka School Board heard a report from activities director LieuDell Goldsberry earlier this month. Between the recent addition of several new activities and a reduction in district spending, most programs have seen a cut of at least 40-percent over two years.

Coastline search leads to first residents’ camps

A computer-generated map of Southeast Alaska shows additional land (in brown) beyond today's shoreline. (Courtesy Jim Baichtal)Understanding the rise and fall of Southeast Alaska's landscape is helping scientists learn more about the area’s early human settlements.

Capital budget has few Southeast projects

The ferry Malaspina is in drydock and the Columbia is tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in this 2012 photo.Southeast projects in Gov. Bill Walker’s pared-down capital budget are mostly road, ferry and bridge work that could be funded by the federal government.

Sealaska land-selection bill passes Congress

Sealaska Plaza is the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters. Officials say winter dividends will be paid around Dec. 5. (Heather Bryant/KTOO)A bill transferring 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska has passed Congress. It's attached to a defense-spending act, which is on its way to the President’s desk.

ERV and Coast Guard rescue sinking vessel

MH60_EOIR_11Dec14_025828_2 (1)The Coast Guard and the Sitka Fire and Police Departments joined forces last night (12-10-14) to assist a troller that was grounded near Rockwell Lighthouse.

Assembly votes on heat pumps, bulk water, garden stands

The Sitka Assembly has tentatively approved a heat pump rebate program. Utility Director Chris Brewton said the program is a win-win: the city will increase electricity sales, while residents can lower home-heating costs.

Fire Hall replaces Christmas tree lost during SAR

2-IMG_3505The Sitka family that lost their Christmas tree - and, briefly, their father - got a happy ending today (12-10-14), thanks to some local elves.

Sitka Community Hospital facing unexpected financial woes

Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation)The city-owned Sitka Community Hospital is in worse financial shape than anyone thought -- including its new CEO. The Sitka Assembly was briefed on the hospital’s finances during a closed-door session Tuesday night.

With season cancelled, Yakutat family relocates son to play basketball

Despite their relative isolation, Yakutat's 700 residents have a strong tradition around basketball. (City of Yakutat photo)There will be no boys’ basketball season in Yakutat this year due to low enrollment and a couple of academic ineligibilities. Yakutat has a strong basketball tradition, and at least two families have decided that playing basketball is important enough to enroll their children elsewhere. One family brought their son to Sitka.

New Hoonah dock could boost tourism numbers

This image from the 2012 Hoonah Berthing Facility Site Alternative Analysis Report shows three possible dock locations. (Courtesy PND Engineers)Hoonah’s Icy Strait Point tourist attraction could see more visitors once a new cruise ship dock is built.