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Columbia damage means less ferry service to Sitka

The M/V Columbia, recently re-powered, is not one of the three ships which could possibly be retired soon. (Flickr/Gillfoto)Sitka will have no Alaska Marine Highway service Sept. 26 to Oct. 9. The two-week gap comes because the ferry Columbia will soon head to a drydock for repairs.

Sitkans join North Dakota pipeline fight

IMG_8858Thousands continue to protest in North Dakota, at the site where an oil pipeline is under construction. The events in Standing Rock have sparked demonstrations for clean water and tribal rights across the country, including Sitka.

Small mudslide generates big response in Sitka

The DOT quickly cleaned up the slide Friday morning (9-16-2016). Fire Chief Dave Miller opted for a big response to the slide, admitting that Sitkans remain "sensitive" after last year's fatal event. (KCAW photo/Ken Fate)A small mudslide obstructed a portion of state highway in Sitka early Friday morning (9-16-16). Sitka fire chief Dave Miller responded and decided to take no chances.

Holland, Celebrity bring more passengers to Sitka in 2017

All Holland America ships this summer have been anchoring at the Old Sitka Dock and this ease of transport is one of the reasons the company is bringing another ship to Sitka next summer. (Photo courtesy of Chris McGraw)More cruise ship passengers will visit Sitka next season. In 2017, Holland America will bring a seventh cruise ship through Alaska and Sitka is on the itinerary. Celebrity Cruises will also be making half a dozen calls.

Update: NOAA to examine dead humpback in Sitka Sound

The whale carcass on Thursday afternoon. (Henry Larsen photo)The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is looking for a dead whale near Sitka. The animal was seen floating near Crow Island Tuesday morning (9-13-16).

Sitka administrator to step down within nine months

City Administrator Mark Gorman, speaking with the assembly at his evaluation, on April 22, 2015. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)City Administrator Mark Gorman will step down from the position in six to nine months. He announced his decision during last Tuesday night’s Assembly meeting (09-13-16).

Pending vote, Sitka Assembly to dedicate one mill to electric fund

160914_marinesubstation_kwongDuring their meeting last night (09-13-16), the Sitka Assembly approved a key element of their plan to raise property taxes while making Sitka more affordable. The ordinance says that if voters approve a 2 mill increase, the revenue generated by one of those mills will go towards Sitka’s electric fund.

Sitka school board beefs up policy on sexual health

After learning that chlamydia and gonorrhea had pushed Alaska to the lead nationally in STI's, board member Tom Conley -- a physician -- said "There's nothing wrong with our HIV/AIDS policy as presented -- it's just insufficient." (US Centers for Disease Control image)The Sitka School Board sent its policy covering sexually-transmitted infections back to the drawing board, after it learned it was missing the boat on the most common STI’s.

With 3 attacks in a month, Sitka bears showing ‘stress’

The Forest Service is not sure why Sitka's bears seem to be on edge. An excess of cubs, too few pink salmon -- both might part of the explanation. (KCAW image)A pair of Forest Service workers killed a charging brown bear near Sitka at the end of August. It was the third dangerous bear encounter in the Sitka Ranger District in less than a month.

King fishing over, trollers near end of summer season

Deckhand Berett Wilber anticipates the end of the summer troll season, once she offloads this pile of cohos from the F/V Alexa K. (Charlie Wilber photo)The second summer troll opening for king salmon in Southeast Alaska is finally over. The 22-day opening was the second-longest on record for the fishery. Coho fishing remains open until September 22.