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Sitka’s hospitals consider integrating operations

Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation)A consultant’s plan recommends Sitka Community Hospital combine operations with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

School district takes on poor attendance

The Sitka School Board met Tuesday (9-20-16) at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School to discuss absenteeism.Sitka’s School District is beginning a new effort to target absenteeism.

New SNHP superintendent has spent a lifetime in parks

David Elkowitz started his career as a 10-year-old volunteer. (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell)There’s a new superintendent at Sitka National Historical Park, and he may not mind a rainy weekend. David Elkowitz just wrapped up two weeks on the job, after arriving from west Texas.

Stormy weather diverts three Sitka cruise ships

The Holland America Cruise Ship Westerdam prepares to dock in Juneau July 16, 2012. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)Gale-force winds and high seas on the outer coast are keeping about 4,500 cruise ship travelers from seeing Sitka this week.

Dead Sitka Sound whale probably killed by ship

Researchers collect samples from a beached humpback whale carcass Saturday on a Sitka Sound beach.A dead whale found floating near Sitka last week was probably killed by a ship. That’s the conclusion of a pathologist who inspected the carcass.

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).