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City still investigating cause of diesel spill

The diesel from the Jarvis Street Power Plant leaked into Sitka Sound through this storm water drain at Eagle Beach. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)The Sitka Assembly received an update on last week’s diesel spill at the city’s Jarvis Street Power Plant.

Speaking at Assembly, officials say: Thank you, Sitka

Sitka Police Lt. Lance Ewers speaks to volunteers and friends and family of the missing men at Grace Harbor Church on August 19, the day after Sitka was hit by a series of landslides. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)At the first meeting of the Sitka Assembly since last week’s landslides, city officials spoke emotionally about the loss of three local men -- and said they had been overwhelmed by the response of city staff, volunteers, and ordinary citizens.

Oso battalion chief: Sitka slide is ‘déjà vu’

Among all the expertise imported by Sitka to aid in the recovery operation at the Kramer Avenue slide, one man finds this disaster hits very close to home.

Final Sitka slide victim recovered

Sitka building official William Stortz. (Facebook photo)Search crews have recovered the final victim of the August 18 Sitka landslide. The body of 62-year-old William Stortz was found Tuesday afternoon (8-25-15) at about 4:15.

As skies clear, recovery work resumes at Sitka landslide

An unexpected break in the weather allowed searchers to resume their work on the Kramer Avenue landslide in Sitka on Monday (8-24-15).

Rioux withdraws from Assembly race

SCVB director Tonia Rioux. She said that Sitkans rolled out a "not just a red carpet -- but a magic carpet -- for last October's travel industry convention. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau director Tonia Rioux withdrew her name from the race Friday. She says a combination of events in the last week means she needs to focus on her family.

Man drowns in Sitka Channel

A man died in Sitka over the weekend, after attempting to swim across Sitka Channel. According to a friend he had been in the water for at least 30 minutes before help was summoned.

Coast Guard helicopter crew medevacs man from cruise ship

A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevacked a 45-year-old man from the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice near Baranof Island on Monday (8-24-15).

Study: Tongass forest most resistant to climate change

Sport fishermen cast lines at Blind Slough, a Tongass National Forest site near Petersburg. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Some conservationists want President Obama’s climate change agenda to include Southeast Alaska’s rain forest.

Sitka Disaster Declaration moves to gov’s office

The City of Sitka has officially declared a Disaster Emergency, following the August 18 storm with brought seven landslides down in the community, and killed three people.