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Fairweather returns to service Thursday

The Fairweather at cruising speed. (Flickr photo/Gillfoto)The fast vehicle ferry Fairweather canceled its voyage to Sitka today (Wed 8-13-14) after a mechanical problem was discovered shortly after its departure from Juneau. Spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the Fairweather was not far along on its trip to Sitka when the crew detected trouble with the exhaust systems in the ship’s two starboard engines. AMHS engineers spent the day making repairs, and the ship will return to its scheduled run on Thursday (8-14-14).

Assembly awards contract for water treatment facility

The assembly voted to award a $5.5-million contract to Dawson Construction to build a new UV Disinfection Facility, which will bring Sitka’s primary source of drinking water into compliance with federal regulations.

Sitka Assembly debates legislative priorities

Assembly members agreed that the Blue Lake hydro project is a top priority for state funding, along with the city’s road and harbor systems. Members also suggested focusing on a secondary drinking water source and improved ferry service.

Court orders a second look at controversial fish observer program

Fishermen offload commercially-caught halibut in Juneau. (Flickr photo/Gillphoto)A US District Court judge has ruled that a newly-implemented fisheries observer program in the Gulf of Alaska may have become unreliable, and is sending federal managers back to the drawing board to fix it. The decision by Judge H. Russel Holland is being hailed as a victory by Southeast Alaska’s longline fleet, who have chafed under the new system, which requires them to carry human observers on their relatively small vessels. But federal fisheries managers see it as a win as well.

Sitka begins switch-over to Indian River water

A text message alert sent out from the city on Monday warned residents that they might see yellow water coming out of the tap -- but the water is safe to drink, and meeting all drinking water standards.

Boater missing near Cross Sound is found, rescued

McConnell's skiff ran out of gas and drifted to Hogan Island. (KCAW graphic)A boater who went missing near Cross Sound on Thursday (8-7-14) was found and rescued after a 24-hour, multi-agency search. The US Coast Guard and US Forest Service found 21-year-old Gus McConnell on the north side of Hogan Island, in the mouth of Portlock Harbor, about 55 miles northwest of Sitka.

Fairbanks station stays with APRN — for now

kuacKUAC-FM in Fairbanks will not leave the Alaska Public Radio Network, at least not for a couple months.

Assembly, School Board filing deadline Friday

The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, August 8 for candidates running for mayor, assembly and school board in Sitka. So far, four candidates have filed to run for assembly and two for school board. Mayor Mim McConnell is running for reelection. No other candidate has yet filed to challenge her.

With final mission, Kluting says goodbye to SAR

Don Kluting resigned from Sitka Mountain Rescue on July 30, 2014, after 29 years as a SAR volunteer. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)When search and rescue responded to a call on Harbor Mountain last Friday, the mission marked the end of an era: it was the final outing for Don Kluting, who served as Sitka’s search captain for two decades. Kluting resigned last week, after the city decided to move SAR back into the Fire Department.

Stiff penalties for out-of-season fishing

Two Californian fishermen recently learned that commercial trolling out of season near Sitka - even by a single day - can be expensive.