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Postcard: Anthropology students explore Sitka’s culture of fish

USF Anthropology student Elizabeth Arnold scoops a load of pink salmon at the Sheldon Jackson Hatchery. (KCAW photo/Rich McClear)There are two things that Sitka has a lot of in the summertime: fish and students. Recently, an Anthropology class from the University of San Francisco mixed it up with salmon at Sitka's downtown hatchery.

Sitka assembly says no to non-profit sales taxes

A proposal to tax some fundraising activities of Sitka’s non-profits was voted down by the assembly Tuesday night (8-11-15). But the city will be looking for ways to shore up compliance for non-profits who should be paying taxes -- but don’t.

With interest in water on the rise, Sitka looks to expand industrial park

Although the entire park is just over 71 acres, there are less than 10 acres remaining in the so-called "core area."There will be no bulk water shipments from Sitka this summer. The company that owns the rights to market Sitka’s Blue Lake water will likely ask to extend its deadline. Meanwhile, Sitka is fielding inquiries from other companies interested in bottling Blue Lake water, but the city is running out of land at its industrial park and is looking to expand.

Damaged hull forces ferry Aurora out of service

The ferry Aurora docks in Gustavus in 2010. It's now in Ketchikan for hull repairs and its annual overhaul. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation)The ferry Aurora is in the shipyard a week earlier than scheduled after a crack was found in its hull.

Unified voice needed for federal response to B.C. mines

8-6-15 meeting signLt. Gov. Byron Mallott says the state will share its knowledge and ask for input on Canadian mines near rivers that flow into Alaska.

As campaigns heat up, Sitka teen spreads ‘Bernie fever’

Leo Solovyov (r) infects his peers -- and even some adults -- with Bernie fever at his first political event. (KCAW photo/Brody Armstrong)With 15 months to go until the 2016 presidential election, campaigns are revving up. And a young Sitkan is fired up about one of the oldest candidates in the race.

Salmon lovers unite!

An Instagram image from the Salmon Project's #babysalmonlivehere campaign.A non-profit is hoping to steer Alaskans toward more unity in their relationship to fish. The Salmon Project wants us to look past conflict toward common ground.

Tribes to get voice in state transboundary mine work

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott speaks at a Wednesday tribal meeting in Juneau on transboundary mines. United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group Co-Chair Rob Sanderson Jr., center, and Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten, right, listen. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)State government will formally involve tribal groups in its transboundary mining work. Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott made that commitment Wednesday while meeting in Juneau with Southeast Native leaders.

Fire destroys Sitka home

The home at 2026-D Halibut Point Road was completely destroyed in Saturday's fire. (Rebecca LaGuire/KCAW)A fire on Saturday night (8-3-15) destroyed a Sitka trailer home, but all three occupants escaped unhurt. The blaze was apparently sparked by fireworks.

Garrison to step down from school board

The April 15 meeting was billed as a "final" budget hearing, but the School Board postponed a final vote until after the legislature makes its decisions on education funding. From left: Sitka Schools Superintendent Mary Wegner, and School Board members Tom Conley, Jennifer Robinson, Lon Garrison, Tim Fulton, Kaya Duguay, and Cass Pook. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Sitka School Board President Lon Garrison is stepping down, after eight years on the board and five as its head. He’ll be moving to Juneau to take a position with the Association of Alaska School Boards.