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Assembly considers opening boats to tourists

IMG_5095On Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Assembly considered allowing rentals, on a conditional use basis, in Sitka’s municipal harbors and slips. They also received an update on branding for tourists and firmed up zoning laws for marijuana business.

Little scientists examine ecosystems in bioblitz

IMG_5054How many things live in our backyard, and how are they connected? That’s what little scientists were trying to discover during a Junior BioBlitz on Wednesday. The kids tromped in muskeg and listened to birds during the daylong survey of ecosystems.

Sitka drivers told: Hands off your cell phone

Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. (Photo courtesy of Her Campus Media)Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. The policy is intended to reduce distracted driving and prevent accidents.

Scholarship program boosts training for Native teachers

Juneau's Joshua Jackson earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education in the PITAAS program. (UAS photo)While 15-percent of the state’s population is Alaska Native, under five-percent of its teachers are. PITAAS grooms future teachers and administrators while they’re still in college.

April 26, 2016: What’s happening at tonight’s Assembly meeting?

4434354492_8e440d4999_oTonight (4-26-16), the Assembly will consider legalizing bed & breakfasts on boats, cracking down on texting while driving, and hear a report from the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Sitka Tribe opens biotoxin lab to monitor PSP

IMG_4794At the end of the month, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska will open an environmental research laboratory to test shellfish for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The lab hopes to give both subsistence diggers and commercial divers peace of mind.

Most cruises docking on Sitka’s shore this summer

cruise ship pic for 06cruiseThe majority of cruise ships making stops in Sitka this summer will be docking out the road. Holland America Line has agreed to tie all its ships up at the Old Sitka Dock, meaning 45 ships will be bringing tourists directly to shore. This is a big change from years past, where Holland America ferried their passengers to town via tender boat.

City Attorney to resign after evaluations

Robin Koutchak (photo provided)At her annual evaluation on Tuesday (4-19-16), City Attorney Robin Schmid was asked by the Assembly to resign.

New assistant DA serves in stride

IMG_5020Christopher Orman is the new assistant district attorney for Sitka, Petersburg, and Kake. He replaced Jean Seaton in February, who held the position since 2009. Originally from Southern California, Orman had a winding road to get into law, but he says he’s ultimately happy to be serving the community.

Assembly talks furloughs, contract policy

IMG_4435At their regular meeting Tuesday night (04-12-16), the Assembly reviewed policies that would change how the city administrator carries out official business.