One of the Alaska Marine Highway’s new ferry engines is down. That could affect service in Southeast, including Sitka, and Prince William Sound.
Both of Sitka High's basketball teams recovered from opening -game losses and claimed 3A Region V Basketball titles today (Sat 3-7-15).
The Kake Lady Thunderbirds are the 1A Region V Basketball champions. Kake beat the Angoon Lady Eagles 53 - 37 in the title game Friday night in Sitka. The Klawock Chieftans took the boys title, defeating Kake 56 - 40.
After six weeks on the job, Rob Allen - the interim CEO of Sitka Community Hospital - has agreed to take on the position permanently. He announced his decision during the hospital board’s last meeting in February (2-26-15) and expects to negotiate for a contract soon. He says the hospital’s financial panic has subsided, thanks in large part to the staff members who rode the wave.
Dispatch received a call Friday morning (3-6-15) that a man was not breathing at a Monastery St. apartment. Once on scene, responders attempted to resuscitate 24-year old Ian Blair, but were unsuccessful. Police suspect Blair died of a drug overdose.
The Sitka Wolves earned a re-match with the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves Friday, with the 3A Region V Basketball championship on the line. The Sitka Lady Wolves eliminated the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves Thursday, and will challenge Petersburg for the title.
In the budget “apocalypse," Sitka Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins says, "We’re going to alter the status quo we’ve had in Alaska for the last 40 years."
Officials haven’t been able to trace the source of a minor diesel spill in Thomsen Harbor this weekend. Coast Guard MSD Supervisor Mike Wortman said the discharge quantity was less than a gallon and not recoverable.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Monday (3-2-15) took up a pair of proposals to reshape the king salmon troll season in Southeast Alaska. They rejected one, and adopted the other.
Staff cuts next year may be a foregone conclusion, as the Sitka School Board wrestles with an uncertain financial future. But board president Lon Garrison says, "We are not going to slash and burn."