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Southeast’s year in review: ferries, logging and mining

Three ferries tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in the winter of 2012. Commercial users will likely pay higher rates beginning next winter. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The year 2015 saw the beginnings of major changes to the Alaska Marine Highway, the Tongass National Forest and the possible future of transboundary mines.

Citizens’ Task Force searches for answers, consensus

The expanded Sitka Public Library will open on February 1. Critics of government spending continue to point to major capital projects such as the library and the Performing Arts Center as being beyond Sitka's means to maintain. (KCAW photo/Bill Foster)Sitka is looking to its residents for answers about how to best raise revenues and decrease spending. With their first report duein 3 weeks, the Citizens’ Task Force has some way to go before reaching consensus.

Food, cheer for all at Sitka ANB/ANS Annual Christmas Dinner

No one goes hungry in Sitka on Christmas Day. The annual ANB/ANS Community Christmas Dinner takes place at 2 PM December 25 in the ANB Founders Hall.

Board considers $100 offer for Fortress bear habitat

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, during a demonstration for elementary students this spring. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)One of the original tenants at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park in Sitka is offering to buy the property it’s leased for the last 12 years, but the deal is not sitting well with the park’s board.

Healthcare navigator steers Sitkans toward Medicaid

Since September 1 low-income Alaskans have been able to sign up for Medicaid in Alaska. We checked in with a local health insurance “navigator” to find out if Sitkans were taking advantage of the opportunity.

Christmas decorations light up Sitka

Mike Romine stands in front of his home on Wachusetts Street. He even provided a low-power FM signal so viewers could listen to holiday music in their vehicles. (KCAW photo/Brielle Schaeffer)Mike Romine is a Sitka man with a love of Christmas lights. His home has become an attraction every December with its huge displays, coordinated to musical hits. But this season, as Sitkans work to recover from a deadly natural disaster, the lights hold a special meaning.

STA fills vacant seats with Gray and Way

The Tribe’s attorney, Alan Bell, swears in Lesa Way and Clara Gray to a two-year term on Tribal Council. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)On Wednesday night (12-16-15), the Sitka Tribe of Alaska filled two vacant seats on the council at its regular meeting. After hearing verbal testimony from four candidates, the council appointed and swore in Clara Gray and Lesa Way to a two-year term.

House fire in Pelican; no injuries

IMG_2708A fire burned down a home in Pelican yesterday afternoon (12-16-15). The occupants - two adults and three children - were not home at the time.

Ferries keep old underage travel rules, for now

0414_marine_highway_brightened_1200x900 kids on ferry - AMHSThe Alaska Marine Highway System is not changing its rules for children traveling solo anytime soon. Rules proposed a year ago have not been implemented.

New businesses feature baked treats

cinnamon rollsThree of Sitka’s new business ventures have at least one thing in common – mouthwatering baked treats.