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Stedman: Fixing budget ‘more than a one-year conversation’

Stedman, a vocal opponent of SB21, says Alaska has to find an oil revenue structure "that doesn't change with every governor." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Stedman may be looking at one of the most difficult legislative sessions of his career. He openly opposed the previous governor’s changes to Alaska’s oil tax structure, anticipating a day of reckoning -- one that's come sooner than anyone expected.

Four rescued as F/V Eyak sinks near Sitka

Sitka search and rescue volunteer Jake Denherder took this photo of the sinking F/V Eyak from the Alaska State Trooper vessel Courage, early on January 19, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Jake Denherder.)The F/V Eyak ran aground near Calligan Island, just north of Goddard Hot Springs. Four people were rescued, including the Eyak's captain.

New administrator for Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital

Sitka’s other hospital has a new chief. The Southeast Regional Health Consortium announced Thursday that Jeff Prater has been hired as the new administrator at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. He took over this week from Interim Administrator Noel Rea.

Blatchley crowns a spelling bee c-h-a-m-p-i-o-n

Iona Burdick looks on during the Blatchley Middle School Spelling Bee. Her sister Esther competed, along with 32 other students. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Minuscule. Hydroponic. Spoonerism. These and over 100 other words of escalating difficulty were posed before participants at the Blatchley Middle School Spelling Bee.

Sitka processor sells ownership stake to Starkist

Silver Bay CEO Rich Riggs told the Chamber that even though his company has operations all along the coast, "Our home is here in Sitka." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka-based Silver Bay Seafoods has sold a twelve percent stake to Dongwon, the Korean owners of Starkist Tuna. The news of the sale has been public since November, but Silver Bay CEO Rich Riggs added details during a presentation to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce today (Wed 1-14-15).

Sitka to hold marijuana town hall

Should marijuana be regulated like alcohol? Or like cigarettes? Or in some altogether new way? Those are some of the decisions facing the City of Sitka, and they have to be settled soon.

Assembly considers dissolving Visitors’ Bureau

The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday night to dissolve the city’s Convention and Visitors' Bureau. The bureau plans to reconstitute itself as an independent nonprofit, one that could bid for city contracts to do much of the marketing and convention planning it does now.

Structural concerns bring library project to a standstill

The Harbor Drive site is quiet after the discovery of structural deficiencies. Construction is suspended for one month and the library opening delayed one month, for early November 2015. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)The expansion of Kettleson Memorial Library was put to a halt last Monday, after a local engineer raised serious questions about the structural integrity of the new building.

Mt. Edgecumbe superintendent resigns

J Thayne turned in his resignation on Friday afternoon, after just six months as head of the state-run boarding school. He will be replaced for the rest of the school year by Bill Hutton, who held the post from 2008 to 2010.

No deal yet for interim hospital CEO

The Sitka Hospital Board has not yet come to terms with their candidate for interim CEO, and has turned negotiations over to their attorney. The board last week met to offer the interim post to Rob Allen, who was their second-pick for the top job when it became open last summer.