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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.

Sitka man arrested after stand-off with police

The 34-year-old had barricaded himself and another man inside a boat parked on the 1300 block of Halibut Point Road early Sunday morning. Officers fired a canister of tear gas to force him out.

Sitka debates whether to sell GPIP land or keep it public

Selling off the park is within the GPIP board's mission: “Unlike other property owned by the 
municipality, the former Alaska Pulp Corporation mill site was acquired not for governmental 
purposes from the state or federal government, but for economic development and disposal."  (GPIP photo)Should Sitka sell off its remaining land at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park, or keep the land in public hands? That’s the question currently bedeviling the GPIP board. On Thursday night, board members brought the issue to the Sitka Assembly for guidance.

School safety moves beyond the lockdown

A memorial to the victims of the 2006 shooting at Dawson College, Montreal. One person was killed and 18 wounded in Canada's third school shooting. (Flickr photo/Doug)Researchers are developing new strategies to counter shootings at schools and other public places, and they’re not what you might expect. The Sitka School Board at it’s regular meeting this week (1-6-15) heard a presentation on the ALICE program, which represents a radical departure for personal safety in life-threatening situations.

Allen offered interim hospital CEO post

Rob_Allen_crop Sitka businessman Rob Allen has been offered the job of interim CEO of Sitka Community Hospital. Allen, who currently lives in Deerfield, Massachusetts, is still considering the offer. He originally applied for the position when it became open last summer, and was the second choice behind Jeff Comer.