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With taxes on the agenda, Assembly meeting heats up

Taxes have dominated the conversation at the Sitka Assembly in recent months. (Photo courtesy of PixabyTaxes have dominated the conversation at the Sitka Assembly recently, as the city struggles to come up with an additional million dollars for schools. This week’s meeting erupted into a heated debate over the issue -- but there were also hints of some long-term solutions.

Sitka’s brand gets wild ‘Raven’ makeover

Full RavenSitka's Convention and Visitor’s Bureau unveiled a new logo and tagline to give potential visitors a snapshot of the diverse history and culture of Sitka in one fell swoop.

Sitka raises water, sewer rates by $6 per month

The Sitka Assembly voted Wednesday night to raise water and wastewater rates. The vote will increase monthly water and sewer bills from $86 to $92.

Assembly passes budget with million dollar shortfall

Sitka is still struggling to come up with funding for the School District and Sitka Community Hospital. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)The Sitka Assembly passed a budget for the coming year on first reading last night (5-27-15). But that budget still has a million-dollar hole. The shortfall is significantly larger than expected even a week ago.

Sitka derby leader wouldn’t mind a bigger fish

Derby leader Bert Edenso says his king didn't behave like a big one. "There wasn't much of a battle." (SSA photo/Eric Jordan)The leader in the 60th Annual Sitka Salmon Derby is not resting on his 42.6-pound laurels. In fact, he’s going to go out next weekend looking for a bigger fish.

Coast Guard rescues charter passenger near Peril Strait

Crew members from Air Station Sitka shot this video while rescuing a 68-year-old man from a charter fishing vessel on Sunday. (Image courtesy of Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs)A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a passenger from a charter fishing boat north of Sitka on Sunday night (5-24-15), after he reported chest pains.

Meet Jasmine Molina, a 12-year-old ambassador

22AK_Jasmine1Sitka’s Filipino population has grown substantially in the past five years, but there remains no formal system to help new students transition to school. That is, until Jasmine came to town.

With fish in the sea, danger of eagles on the runway

ak-birds-2As fishing season moves into full swing, so does the workload of the staff who haze birds off of Sitka’s runway. David Tresham wants to remind Sitkans to practice good etiquette on the water to ensure safe travels in the sky.

All safe after Sitka tour vessel founders

The St. Michael took the stricken St. Tatiana's passengers aboard. (Flickr photo/Michael Fitzhugh)69 passengers and 5 crew members are safe after being evacuated from a tour boat Thursday afternoon (5-21-15) in Sitka.

A seller’s market at Sitka’s industrial park

White says there are now 43 full-time jobs at GPIP, and 380 seasonal jobs. When the APC Mill closed in 1993, Sitka lost over 400 full-time jobs. White says his board has been working under a 20-year strategy to develop the site.It’s a seller’s market at Sitka’s Gary Paxton Industrial Park. Although much of the uplands in the former mill site remains on the market, park director Garry White told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (5-20-15) that the waterfront continues to attract suitors.