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The real Sitka journey of Steinbeck’s ‘Doc Ricketts’

A new collection of essays about one of the most iconic figures in American literature has been published, shedding new light on his connections to Alaska -- and to "Star Wars."

City acts to avoid 80% power outage

MarineStreetThe Sitka Electric Department is concerned about more power failures, due to aging transformers at the Marine Street substation. The Sitka Assembly also voted this week to give regulatory power to the citizen-led Marijuana Advisory Committee.

Sitka police release operations manual in wake of video

The video of the arrest of 18-year-old Franklin Hoogendorn will be examined by the FBI< along with Sitka's police procedures. (YouTube image capture)Sitka has released its police department operating manual to the public. The 342-page document was posted on the city’s website after a video of a high school student being tased went viral.

With sale, seed planted for affordable housing project

NeighborhoodLast night (11-24-15), the Sitka Assembly finalized the sale of a portion of the Old City Shops property for an affordable housing project. Though the ordinance passed, Assembly members wondered aloud about how to ensure that neighborhood would be built.

‘The Geography of Water': A love story to Southeast

BookcoverA former ranger in the Tongass National Forest has published her first novel, and the story is set on her old turf. Mary Emerick's The Geography of Water springs from the beaches, coves, and bays of Southeast Alaska.

Sitka students beat state test score average

140831_BlatchleyFirstDay_waldholzResults are in from the first year of the Alaska Measures of Progress assessments and students in Sitka did better than expected.

In letter to FBI, STA concerned about racial bias

2014-11-02-85-500x333On Tuesday (11-17-15), the Sitka Tribe of Alaska wrote a letter to the Anchorage Division of the FBI, regarding a tasing incident of a Native Alaska teenager in the Sitka jail last year. The letter alleges that prejudice exists within the Sitka Police Department and asks the FBI to consult the tribe during the investigation.

Police search for Harry Race burglary suspect

IMG_4781Harry Race Pharmacy was robbed late Wednesday night (11-18-15) and the Sitka Police are now looking for the suspect.

Museum audit focuses collection

IMG_4567The Sitka Historical Society and Museum has been acquiring objects, documents and photos for more than 50 years. And, like any collector, there comes a time to clean house.

Wild about local foods

IMG_4738Every year, the Sitka Conservation Society hosts a Wild Foods Potluck. It’s an edible celebration of all that can be picked, plucked, hunted, fished, grown, and gathered in Sitka. This year, over 150 people attended and brought dishes to the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall.