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A weather forecaster returns to Sitka’s slide: ‘We were snakebit’

National Weather Service Meteorologist Joel Curtis (left) speaking with reporters in the aftermath of the 2015 slide, along with DOT geologist Mitch McDonald and Deputy Fire Chief Al Stevens (right). Curtis served as the incident meteorologist for the recovery effort. He describes it as one of the "major events" of his three-decade career.  (Robert Woolsey, KCAW)In part 1 of a 5-part series looking back on the Sitka landslide, National Weather Service meteorologist Joel Curtis returns to the scene of “one of the major events” of his professional life.

Who is on Tuesday’s Southeast primary ballots?

Southeast Alaska's House districts are 33, 34, 35 and 36. The Senate districts, which each include two House districts, are Q and R. (Map courtesy Alaska Redistricting Board)Southeast Alaska's four House and two Senate districts have no primary contests this year. Two have no contests at all.

SE Conference brainstorms a fix for Alaska’s ferries

Robert Venables is the former city manager of Haines. He says that the legislature understands that "there's a true sense of crisis" in the system. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Governor Bill Walker earlier this year empowered the Southeast Conference to look for solutions to the Alaska Marine Highway’s ongoing problems. Robert Venables explains how.

Right, left brains meet at Sitka Arts & Science Fest

Where do art and science intersect? Anna Weitelmann's notes on water quality illustrate an obvious answer.The Sitka Fine Arts Camp, along with the Sitka Sound Science Center and the Island Institute, hosted the first ever Arts & Science Festival, straddling the right/left brain divide.

Sitka Assembly narrows city attorney selection

8025297285_4d7343a3f8_oTwelve individuals have applied to be Sitka’s next city attorney. During a special meeting last night (08-10-16), the Assembly voted on their top picks for follow-up interviews.

At deadline: 11 candidates file for Sitka offices

With 11 candidates and 1 ballot proposition on property taxes, Sitkans will have a lot to think about when they head to the polls October 4. (Creative Commons photo)The filing period for municipal elections closed at 5 PM Friday. And three more Sitkans filed for assembly just before the deadline, and there’s also another candidate for mayor.

Summit kicks off ferry management study

Passengers board the ferry Malaspina while vehicles wait to load at the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. Travelers will no longer be able to take advantage of some discounts, due to budget cuts. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)An effort to restructure the Alaska Marine Highway System begins Aug. 20 at a summit in Anchorage.

Sitka chef competes for national seafood crown

IMG_7516 (1)A Sitka chef has been chosen to compete in the 2016 Great American Seafood Cook-Off. On Saturday (08-06-16), Collette Nelson will battle chefs from across the country in front of a live TV audience in New Orleans.

Library celebrates new Potter book with Quidditch game

2016-07-30 10.32.24-2The Harry Potter books are having a second wave. Author J.K. Rowling released a new play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” on Sunday (07-31-16), which inspired literary events all over the country. In Sitka, the local library held a tournament in honor of the book’s #1 sport - Quidditch.

Murkowski talks Trump, Tongass

0f52baae-ceb8-4168-91ce-24cebc96f581Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is standing amid beers and balloons, speaking to a group of Sitkans.