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Gubernatorial tickets lay out differences in Sitka

Democrat Byron Mallott (left) and Independent Bill Walker shook up the gubernatorial race when they merged campaigns. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and his running mate, Democrat Byron Mallott, came through Sitka on a recent campaign swing, overlapping with Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Dan Sullivan. And on issues from healthcare to oil taxes, the two tickets provided a study in contrasts.

District 35 Candidate Forum: Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Steven Samuelson

Republican Steven Samuelson is challenging incumbent Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins in the race for State House.Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Republican Steven Samuelson took questions from constituents during a live call-in forum last night [10-10-14] at KFSK in Petersburg.

Southeast cities hot and cold on ballot measures

Southeast Alaska voters shot down some tax changes and construction projects during the Oct. 7 municipal elections. Here’s a quick look at what passed and what didn’t.

How is a health initiative born? (Hint: It involves stickers)

IMG_4939In it's 8th year, enrollment at the Sitka Health Summit Planning Day was at a record high. Last Friday (10-03-14), 82 participants generated hundreds of ideas to improve health and wellness in the community. Their goal? To vote and commit to two ideas by the end of the day.

Candidate Forum: Thurs, Oct. 9 @ 7 p.m.

Republican Steven Samuelson is challenging incumbent Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins in the race for State House.KCAW will air a live call-in forum with the candidates for State House District 35. Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Republican Steven Samuelson will take your questions TONIGHT, Thursday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. Submit questions to joe@kfsk.org, or call in during the show: 888-772-3808.

Mock election at SHS reflects millennial priorities

IMG_5094On Tuesday (10-7-14), not all the voting in Sitka happened at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Up the street at Sitka High School, students headed to the polls in a mock election. While the student voters may not have completely agreed with the electorate at-large, their opinions were—mostly! —based on thorough research.

Voters choose new faces for assembly, veterans for mayor, school board

Voting during Sitka's 2014 municipal election. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka voters returned incumbent Mayor Mim McConnell to office for a second term, but chose two newcomers for the Sitka Assembly. If the results hold after absentee votes are counted on Friday, Sitka may have one of the youngest assemblies in recent memory.

Sitka’s school performance: No fault in these stars

Blatchley Middle School won a 4-star ranking under the Alaska School Performance Index. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)With anxiety running high over how Sitka schools will fare under newly-adopted state testing standards this year, the Sitka school board Monday night (10-6-14) seemed pleased to learn that -- under the old standards -- the district has shown significant improvement. But there is also some troubling information in the data.

Liveaboard firefighter stops Sitka harbor blaze

FireHose_mikehiattQuick thinking by an off-duty Sitka firefighter may have prevented a boat fire from becoming a major disaster in a local harbor Friday night. Deputy fire chief Al Stevens says Michelle Snowden, an engineer with the department, had just moved onto a liveaboard in Crescent Harbor when her pager alerted her to the fire on a neighboring vessel. She had it out before the engine arrived.

20 Years of Xtratuf

101-IMG_2808Here in Sitka, we marked the end of the visitor season with the 20th Annual Running of the Boots - Sitka's answer to the “Running of the Bulls” in Spain. It combines a very short road race with a very elaborate costume contest.