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Sitka artists spruce up violins for auction

"No Time For Violins (Violence)," created by Suzan Brawlyn. Photo by Greta Mart.

About 200 classical music lovers turned out on Wednesday for another free noon concert presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Festival Artistic Director and cellist Zuill Bailey and the Catalyst Quartet played Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major in … more

No size limits for Silver Bay kings in June, July

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game is eliminating size limits for king salmon caught by sport fishermen in Sitka’s Silver Bay, so anglers can target more of the fish returning to Medvejie Hatchery. more

Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Sitka evacuated a 23-year-old man from a cruise ship near Glacier Bay on Thursday. The man, a crewmember on the ship, had come down with symptoms that looked like appendicitis. more

Meet Sitka PD’s new second-in-command

Sitka's newest police lieutenant, Jeff Ankerfelt, is sworn in. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Police Department)

Lieutenant Jeff Ankerfelt started work on June 2. He comes to Sitka from Minnesota, where he served in the Brooklyn Park Police Department for 23 years. But, he says, Sitka already feels like home. more

Bear killed after reaching into kitchen window

The young male brown bear shot by Wildlife Troopers on June 11, 2014 had been collared just a few weeks earlier. Here it recovers after being tranquilized and collared in Starrigavan Bay. (ADF&G photo/Phil Mooney)

Wildlife troopers shot and killed a bear Tuesday afternoon, after it tried to reach through the window of a trailer home. more

Assembly OKs float homes, honors baseball champs

The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday night to allow float homes in Sitka’s harbors. It was one of two pilot projects on the agenda aimed at increasing affordable housing. more

New commander for Air Station Sitka

Captain Edward Sandlin (left) shakes hands with Commander Mark Vislay (right) as Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo looks on. Photo by Thomas Oliver.

Leadership of Coast Guard Air Station Sitka changed hands Wednesday in a formal afternoon ceremony. Captain Edward Sandlin handed over command to Mark Vislay in the air station’s cavernous hanger, before an audience of 130 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel, friends and family. more

Assembly votes to raise pay for city workers

The Sitka Assembly gave final approval Tuesday night to an ordinance overhauling the pay-scale for non-union employees. The changes were prompted by a study that found some city salaries lagging well behind what is paid in other, similar communities. more

Sitka’s Odess Theater: A ladies’ room (and lady) like no other


The renovation of Allen Memorial Hall, the centerpiece of Sitka’s Sheldon Jackson Fine Arts Campus, is nearing completion. But contractors wouldn’t be working at all in the building without the support of a remarkable benefactor: A woman from the deep South who’s taken a hands-on interest in getting this job done. more

Critics question Sealaska ballot

Sealaska Plaza, the corporation's Juneau headquarters.

Four Sealaska board of directors candidates say the corporate balloting process violates a recent court ruling. Sealaska says it doesn’t. more