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Ferry gift shops to close

The gift shop on the ferry Kennicott is one of five to be closed this summer in a cost-cutting move. (Viking Travel/Alaska Ferry

Marine highway officials say closing the shops will save $1 million a year. more

Sitka kicks off major trash study

During a work session on Tuesday night, the Sitka Assembly heard from contractors tasked with creating a top-to-bottom assessment of how the city handles trash and recycling. Representatives of the firm CB&I outlined the process that will, they hope, lead to a new master plan by September. more

Low income Sitkans fall through Medicaid “donut hole”

At its heart, the Affordable Care Act has a simple premise: Americans who lack health insurance should be able to go online and pick a plan, and if their income falls beneath a certain threshold, then the federal government will cover part of the cost. That is, unless you live in one of the states that has opted out of the federal Medicaid expansion — like Alaska. Then, you can actually make too little money to qualify for help. more

Two men sentenced in shooting at Pioneer Bar

55-year old Richard Davis will serve two months in jail for assault and misconduct involving a weapon. 22-year old Tyler Westlund already served five days in jail, and still owes a $1,000 fine for criminal mischief resulting in property damage. more

For self-employed Sitkans, health act makes a difference

The deadline to enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is March 31, and that has prompted many Sitkans to bite the bullet and figure out what the act means for them. For some fishing families and other self-employed Sitkans, what they’ve found has been a pleasant surprise. more

Yakutat prepares to try out wave power


The northern Southeast city of Yakutat is gearing up for a wave-energy experiment. more

Sitka 7th-grader triumphant at state Spelling Bee

Abigail Fitzgibbon stands alone for her championship word at the state bee. (Paul Fitzgibbon photo)

A Sitka seventh-grader has won the state spelling bee. Abigail Fitzgibbon was the Sitka champion last year as a sixth-grader, but was unseated earlier this year in a dazzling spell-off with eighth-grader Kyle Vidad. Fitzgibbon represented Sitka last weekend in Anchorage as a runner up, but nevertheless managed to run away with the state trophy. more

Herring harvest limit to be lower than forecast

Seine boats await an opening at Crescent Harbor, prior to the 2012 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)

Sitka’s spring herring fishery will be about 1,000 tons less than originally estimated, the Department of Fish & Game announced today. The harvest level for the herring fishery in Sitka Sound will be just over 16,000 tons. That’s about 7 percent lower than the preliminary harvest amount announced in December. more

Research team studies connectivity, at home and sea

Lee Cooper and Jackie Grebmeier both received their PhD's from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. They've put together exciting research careers -- and a marriage. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Two preeminent oceanographers will be in Sitka for the month of March. Jackie Grebmeier and Lee Cooper will be catching up on their writing, visiting classrooms, and mingling with the public — basically, enjoying the novelty of staying in one place for a solid month. more

Schmidt: The arts help shape Sitka’s economic future

Roger Schmidt says the arts are one of the top reasons people choose to live in certain communities. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

The Sitka Fine Arts Camp has broken the $2-million mark in annual revenues. Director Roger Schmidt told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce last week that business at the camp had grown by a factor of 32, since he was named to the post in 2000. The budget that year, Schmidt said, was $70,000. more