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Sitka woman indicted for brandishing a knife

A Sitka woman is facing felony charges for allegedly threatening her husband with a knife in a domestic dispute. This is a class C felony.

Climbing 2200 steps in memory of fallen firefighters

IMG_1491The 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb commemorates the lives of the 343 firefighters lost in the twin towers on September 11th. Participants take a symbolic walk once a year in the shoes of the fallen, climbing 110 stories. Although Sitka’s tallest building is only seven stories high, the local fire department has found a way to bring this emerging tradition home.

Fish biologist spawns new career in education

Lon Garrison (Sitka Sound Science Center photo)The newest employee of the Alaska Association of School Boards knows a thing or two about rearing young creatures. Lon Garrison has spent 30 years in aquaculture.

Alaska’s top crime novelist hangs up his real-life gumshoes

John Straley, in his office at the Sitka Public Defender. With up to 50 cases in play at any given time, Straley says the work "can be rewarding, but also heartbreaking." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)One of Alaska’s most well-known writers is quitting his day job. John Straley has published nine novels, a book of poetry, and numerous essays. He's also been a criminal defense investigator for 31 years.

Wildlife violations accumulate in Sitka

Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to several wildlife violations in Sitka this month. They included an attempt to sell a big game trophy, smashing spawning salmon in Indian River, and killing a doe prior to the September 15th opening.

New Southeast, Southwest transportation chief named

Mike Coffey takes over as Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Southcoast Region director Oct. 1. (Photo courtesy DOTPF)Mike Coffey, a longtime Department of Transportation manager, will soon be in charge of the agency’s Southeast and Southwest Alaska operations.

Assembly rejects credit union’s expansion plans

The proposed ALPS expansion, as seen from Swan Lake. The addition would be built on a lot now occupied by Northern Credit Services.The ALPS Federal Credit Union in Sitka is going back to the drawing board. The Sitka assembly denied the credit union’s request for a conditional use permit to expand its facility into an adjacent lot.

Seafood worker indicted on assault charge

A Sitka grand jury has indicted a man on charges of assault and tampering with evidence, after he allegedly stabbed another man in the chest.

Chamber will take over Sitka’s visitor services

The Sitka Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is no more. The Sitka assembly last night (Tue 9-8-15) voted to dissolve the organization and transfer its responsibilities to the Chamber of Commerce, at a cost of $225,000 for the rest of the year.

Design plan for cottages neighborhood unveiled

CLT_plansAt a meeting of the Planning Commission last week, the Sitka Community Development Corporation unveiled their plan for a cottage neighborhood. The cottages are small, the land is held in trust, and the goal is to make housing affordable for Sitkans of median income. In many ways, the presentation was a dress rehearsal for this Tuesday’s (09-08-15) assembly meeting.