At its regular meeting this week (01-12-16), the Assembly passed an ordinance to raise Sitka's garbage rates, appointed over a dozen Sitkans to committees, and learned about the Planning Commission's process for revamping the Sitka Comprehensive Plan.
Tuesday night (01-12-16), the Sitka Assembly decided to contest the state’s proposed setback distance for pot business. With a vote of 5-2, Sitka joins Petersburg in penning a letter to the State Department of Law, requesting the setback be reduced from 500 feet to 200 feet, at minimum.
The Alaska Marine Highway System released its summer 2016 ferry schedule today (01-12-16), and as expected, it includes trimmed-down service. But service to Sitka is far more robust than originally proposed.
Sitka’s community supported fishery - called Alaskans Own - has received a $4500 grant to expand operations. With this money, the CSF hopes to sell more Alaskan fish to more Alaskan customers.
Small blips in power throughout Sitka over the last week have the city scrambling to fix the problem.
It’s official: the contractor handed off the keys to the newly-renovated Sitka Public Library, this week and the Sitka Library Commission moved right in. Commissioners discussed plans for bringing the books home.
This year the Alaska Sea Grant Program is hosting its 6th Annual Young Fishermen’s Summit in Juneau to introduce newbies to the industry.
Shortly after the sun rose yesterday (01-07-15) morning, members of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Sitka gathered to celebrate Christmas. In keeping with the Julian calendar, Orthodox Christians around the world will celebrate twelve days of festivities with prayer, presents, and of course, song.
Southeast Alaska lawmakers are giving Gov. Bill Walker’s spending plan mixed reviews. Some are ready to change the way government is funded, while others are not.
In spite of everything, 2015 will be remembered as a good year in Sitka. It’s the year that the community’s faith, grit, and forward-thinking principles were put to the test. It's the year we met our better selves.