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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.

Fishing vessel sinks in Kelp Bay; defueled by Coast Guard

imagejpeg_1On Friday (09-04-15), a 49-foot fishing vessel sank in Kelp Bay. The owner reports that 600 gallons of diesel were on board. The cause of the sinking is still under investigation.

Seiner sinks in Eastern Channel

122Last Wednesday (09-02-15), F/V Pacific Venture sank in the vicinity of the Twins Island. Over the weekend, Marine Safety Detachment in Sitka says 500 gallons of fuel were removed and that the vessel is "stable." Salvage operations are expected to begin on Wednesday (09-09-15).

State team helps Sitka apply for disaster aid

IMG_1341Today (09-02-15) , a state team sat down with Sitkans affected by last month’s landslides. Six staff with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and one state geologist will be in Sitka for two days, to walk city officials and citizens through the process of procuring disaster aid.

Governor declares disaster in Sitka, freeing up relief funds

150818_slides_Waldholz_01On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. According to Gorman, the cost of emergency response alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars.