It’s costing 10 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower-48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes.
On Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Assembly considered allowing rentals, on a conditional use basis, in Sitka’s municipal harbors and slips. They also received an update on branding for tourists and firmed up zoning laws for marijuana business.
How many things live in our backyard, and how are they connected? That’s what little scientists were trying to discover during a Junior BioBlitz on Wednesday. The kids tromped in muskeg and listened to birds during the daylong survey of ecosystems.
Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. The policy is intended to reduce distracted driving and prevent accidents.
While 15-percent of the state’s population is Alaska Native, under five-percent of its teachers are. PITAAS grooms future teachers and administrators while they’re still in college.
Tonight (4-26-16), the Assembly will consider legalizing bed & breakfasts on boats, cracking down on texting while driving, and hear a report from the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
At the end of the month, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska will open an environmental research laboratory to test shellfish for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The lab hopes to give both subsistence diggers and commercial divers peace of mind.
The majority of cruise ships making stops in Sitka this summer will be docking out the road. Holland America Line has agreed to tie all its ships up at the Old Sitka Dock, meaning 45 ships will be bringing tourists directly to shore. This is a big change from years past, where Holland America ferried their passengers to town via tender boat.
At her annual evaluation on Tuesday (4-19-16), City Attorney Robin Schmid was asked by the Assembly to resign.
Christopher Orman is the new assistant district attorney for Sitka, Petersburg, and Kake. He replaced Jean Seaton in February, who held the position since 2009. Originally from Southern California, Orman had a winding road to get into law, but he says he’s ultimately happy to be serving the community.