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Work on HPR to stretch into September

Work on Sitka’s Halibut Point Road will extend into the fall, several weeks longer than originally planned, after contractors ran into some unexpected obstacles buried within the road bed. more

State road projects in Sitka at $70-million and climbing

While Halibut Point Road repaving remains stalled, crews are beginning the $2-million project on Harbor Drive. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

The state has spent nearly $70-million on transportation projects in Sitka over the last five years, and there’s more on the way — a single-lane gravel road into Katlian Bay. Al Clough, the regional director for the Department of Transportation, recapped the DOT’s plans in Sitka for the Chamber of Commerce (7-16-14). more

More fish for the taking at Redoubt

Sitka resident and ADF&G biologist Patrick Fowler dipnetting for sockeye at Redoubt in early July, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rebecca LaGuire)

As of July 16, subsistence fishermen trekking out to Redoubt Bay can catch up to 25 sockeye salmon at a time, up from a 10-fish limit earlier this summer. Sport fishermen will see possession limits rise to six sockeye, from four. more

‘Romeo’ a story of transformation, tragedy

Romeo was fully wild, but social. He often mingled with Juneau dogs. (David Wilson photo)

His name was Romeo, and his story is almost as tragic as his Shakespearian namesake’s. Author Nick Jans has just published A Wolf Called Romeo about the black wolf which captivated Juneau residents for seven winters, before being illegally taken by a hunter in 2009. Jans will be in Sitka this Sunday (7-20-14) for a signing at Old Harbor books. more

Consultants to help streamline Sitka administration

Unlike most other departments, the city administration has no master plan. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Municipal Solutions, based in Phoenix, Arizona, was in Sitka last week to meet with city officials. They’ll spend the next few months reviewing operations in city hall from the ground up, and — hopefully — identify efficiencies and savings. more

The White Elephant at a crossroads

The White Elephant Shop. (KCAW/photo by Greta Mart)

There are now a handful of thrift shops and consignment stores in Sitka, but for decades there was only one: The White Elephant. In business for over 50 years, the White E — as locals call it — has contributed millions of dollars to support nonprofits, and to assist individuals in need of a helping hand. Until recently, the organization was run exclusively by volunteers more

Sitka’s Cello Seminar brings music to the people

Robert Lee (l.) and Alex Cox study at the Cleveland Institute and the Julliard School respectively. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Sitka is packed with students in the summertime, but these students have the largest luggage. The Sitka Cello Seminar is at its halfway point. Ten students from around the country are in town, living in Stevenson Hall on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus, and taking daily master classes with a pair of renown faculty. The seminar performed for the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (7-9-14). more

French: Trading up to the 3rd floor of the capitol

Sen. Hollis French says Gov. Parnell's refusal to accept 3 years of federal Medicaid expansion "would have Ted Stevens rolling over in his grave." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Sen. Hollis French is making another bid for the executive branch, this time as Lt. Governor. The 12-year veteran of the Alaska state senate ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010. French was in Sitka Monday (7-7-14) as part of a 10-day campaign swing through Southeast Alaska. He’s been instrumental in organizing a citizen initiative to repeal the governor’s oil tax bill — SB 21 — and says he’ll make a good team with Byron Mallot. more

New ferry schedule has few changes

The ferries Malaspina and Columbia tie up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in February of 2012. The winter ferry schedule is built around maintenance and repair work.

The ferry schedule for this fall, winter and spring is now available online. It’s similar to last year’s sailing calendar. more

After the crash: Searching for accountability in the Coast Guard

At the 2011 dedication of the Sean Krueger softball field in Sitka. Krueger was in command of CG6017. (KCAW photo/Emily Bender)

Four years ago, on July 7, 2010, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crashed off the coast of La Push, Washington, taking the lives of the aircraft’s commander and two crewman. The deaths of the Sitka airmen were three of 14 fatalities in the Coast Guard in a two-year period. Late last month, the Center for Investigative Reporting released an in-depth story examining the culture of safety — and accountability — in the Coast Guard. more