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Sitka teacher named to state education board

29473_profileSitka science teacher Rebecca Himschoot secured a spot on the State Board of Education & Early Development, when a joint session of the legislature confirmed her appointment Friday (4-15-16).

Emergency personnel, delivery drivers may be included in cell phone ban

FedEx_Express_truckDuring its regular meeting on Tuesday night (4-12-16), the Assembly expanded a cell phone ban to include delivery drivers, cab drivers, emergency personnel, and other specialized drivers.

Rules for marijuana permits in Sitka take shape

scup_pic02.jpg4aa196a1-05b9-456c-8109-def248cd26d1LargerAt their Tuesday night meeting (4-7-16), the Assembly unanimously approved, on first reading, a resolution that would require marijuana businesses to obtain conditional use permits (CPUs) before setting up shop.

King quota is up

Salmon_tote-300x132The Southeast Alaska king salmon quota for 2016 is out and it’s already looking better than last year.

City seeks state land

StateLandDuring its regular meeting on Tuesday night (04-12-16), the Assembly voted to request the state sell some of its land parcels in Sitka.

Assembly supports community-wide landslide mapping

The South Kramer landslide tore through the Benchlands subdivision, claiming the lives of three men and destroying property. (Credit: US Coast Guard)At their meeting last night, the Sitka Assembly broadened the city’s commitment to landslide risk assessment.

Historical tensions surface in land use meeting

IMG_4420The Planning Commission is revising the land use section of Sitka’s Comprehensive Plan. They’re inviting the public to weigh in. But at Tuesday night’s (4-5-16) meeting, it was the past - not the future - that took center stage.

UPDATE: Missing kayaker presumed dead

Jesse Mills was reported missing by his wife Amy Fyrdundel this morning (04-07-16).The Coast Guard suspended the search for 41-year-old Jesse Mills of Sitka this afternoon (Friday 4-8-16).

Don Young talks cheap power, development

IMG_4898U.S. Representative Don Young made a stop in Sitka on Wednesday (4-6-16) to speak at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The 22-term congressman, known for being a loose cannon, railed against business regulations and the media, but rallied for affordable energy.

Citywide furlough to be considered at budget meeting

IMG_4435Budget season is officially here for the City and Borough of Sitka. A draft copy of the FY17 budget has been distributed to all Assembly members in thick white binders.