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USFS Fisheries: Salmon top Tongass product

Sockeye swimming upstream in Yakutat. (USFS photo/Nate Catterson)The most valuable product on the Tongass National Forest is now salmon. Ron Medel, Tongass Fisheries Program Manager, has spent the last several years calculating how much Alaskan salmon is produced in the forest.

Family home damaged in Tuesday fire

People passing by called 9-1-1 to report the Carley home fire, at 4:18 p.m. Tuesday (Photo courtesy of Mayrose Bagoyo)The family whose home was heavily damaged by a fire on Tuesday afternoon (5-5-15) say they are thankful that nobody was injured -- and even their dog survived.

Nobody injured in Sawmill Creek Road blaze

The Sitka Fire Department responded Tuesday afternoon (5-5-15) to a blaze at a house on Sawmill Creek Road. Fire Chief Dave Miller said the fire damaged about a third of the home’s upper story. Nobody was injured. Even the family dog survived.

Assembly chooses lower rate hike and Sitka gets creative to pay for its dam

“One of the dangers there, as oil prices continue to go up, is that people will start to shift over to electricity, and all that additional capacity that you’ve gained by raising the dam will just go into existing inefficient buildings, or into new inefficient buildings," says Jon Heller. (Blue Lake Expansion photo/Desiree Brandis)After a month of discussion, the Sitka Assembly settled on a modest electric rate increase. Residential rates will go up by about 6% in the coming year, to pay for the Blue Lake dam. And when it comes to figuring out how a town of 9,000 pays off a $150-million hydroelectric project, city staff are getting creative.

Lael Grant’s family files for her death certificate

1-11012997_884955974894554_449791800928123903_nThe family of a Sitka woman missing for nearly three years is asking the state to issue a death certificate. 33-year old Lael Grant was last seen in a local grocery store in the early morning of October 15, 2012.

Sitka Assembly chooses smaller electric rate increase

Sitka’s electric rates are going up, but not as much as they might have. The Sitka Assembly on Monday chose the smaller of two potential rate hikes, by a vote of 4 to 3. A household using about 1000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month will see their electric bill go up by about $8 a month.

When bear safety means no more orphaned, captive bears

Black bear cubs Smokey, Bandit, and Tuliaan were orphaned in Juneau and Seward in 2013. They make short work of a tent baited with grapes and graham crackers. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka fifth-graders turned out to watch a trio of captive brown bears destroy a small tent that had been “baited” with fried chicken. The larger lesson: Let's avoid having captive brown bears in the future.

Education Department funding for Mt. Edgecumbe preserved

IMG_7041With education a hot button issue in the ongoing budget debate, one school in Sitka is definitely safe this fiscal year. The state-run Mt. Edgecumbe High School will continue to receive $4.6 million from the Department of Education and Early Development. That money goes directly towards boarding over 400 students from around the state.

Ferry Chenega’s return to service delayed

2-21-14 Chenega in drydock at Ketchikan ShipyardSitka and Juneau will lose a week of fast ferry sailings this month. The Chenega will return to Southeast service May 14, a week later than scheduled.

Sitka Budget: City says utility rates must rise

This chart compares current monthly utility costs with two proposals before the Sitka Assembly. Option 1 reflects Ordinance 15-23, which would raise electric rates for an average Sitka household by about 6% this year. Option 2 reflects Ordinance 15-17, which would raise electric rates by about 23%. Both options include a 10% increase in water rates, a 4.9% increase in wastewater rates, and a 13% increase in solid waste rates. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)It's not just electric rates - Sitka is also proposing increases in water, sewer and garbage rates. KCAW's Rachel Waldholz is tracking the city budget. She sat down with News Director Robert Woolsey to break down the numbers.