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Historical tensions surface in land use meeting

IMG_4420The Planning Commission is revising the land use section of Sitka’s Comprehensive Plan. They’re inviting the public to weigh in. But at Tuesday night’s (4-5-16) meeting, it was the past - not the future - that took center stage.

UPDATE: Missing kayaker presumed dead

Jesse Mills was reported missing by his wife Amy Fyrdundel this morning (04-07-16).The Coast Guard suspended the search for 41-year-old Jesse Mills of Sitka this afternoon (Friday 4-8-16).

Don Young talks cheap power, development

IMG_4898U.S. Representative Don Young made a stop in Sitka on Wednesday (4-6-16) to speak at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The 22-term congressman, known for being a loose cannon, railed against business regulations and the media, but rallied for affordable energy.

Citywide furlough to be considered at budget meeting

IMG_4435Budget season is officially here for the City and Borough of Sitka. A draft copy of the FY17 budget has been distributed to all Assembly members in thick white binders.

Japanese delegation visits from Sitka’s Sister City

IMG_6925Sitka has a sister city in Nemuro, Japan. Like Sitka, Nemuro is an ocean-facing fishing port, but bigger - about 30,000 people to Sitka’s 10,000. And on Monday (04-04-16), Nemuro citizens visited Sitka’s city hall to commemorate their decades-long relationship.

Surf’s up in Sitka

160401_Surf_Schaeffer01Warmer winters have pushed Sitka snowboarders and other adventurers out of the mountains and into the water. The ocean swell and rock breaks right near the heart of town create prime wave conditions. But locals are worried about revealing too much about their secret spot.

State calls off student testing

Upwards of 70,000 students were scheduled to take the online Alaska Measures of Progress assessments this month. Those tests are now canceled because of technical issues. (Photo from AAI's website)Upwards of 70,000 students were scheduled to take Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) assessments across a five-week window, but in a press release issued on Friday (04-01-16), Alaska's Department of Education & Early Development called the whole thing off.

Sealaska sending $16 million to shareholders

(Graphic courtesy Corp.'s approximately 22,000 tribal members will each get between $129 and $1,082, depending on their status.

Need to deliver bad news? Let Brielle say it better

Music to his ears - NOT! Schaeffer (r.) tells KCAW host Ted Howard that his wife isn't all that into mandolin after all. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Since she arrived at KCAW, people in Sitka and around the state have been asking Schaeffer to say things that they’d really rather not say themselves. Now, she's turned that silvery voice into gold.

Landslide suit raises questions about Benchlands liability

Recovery crews halt work while a trained cadaver dog scents the site where the body of 62-year-old William Stortz was later located. (KCAW photo, Robert Woolsey)The August 18th landslide in Sitka was unprecedented, raising safety concerns about property development in the Benchlands. Now, a lawsuit by one of the owners whose house was destroyed is raising legal questions about who is responsible: the city or the developer?