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Substance abuse treatment is hurting, experts say

IMG_4540While more attention is being brought to solve the state’s drug problems, proper services have always been hard to get in more remote areas.

Some must leave home to get help

Lael_Grant_FB-282x300For all its prevalence in Alaskan communities, drug addiction can be a difficult health care problem to manage.

Photos: Paddling to Celebration 2016

DSC_0058Celebration, a 4-day festival honoring Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures began yesterday (06-08-16). And while some of the festival goers arrived by plane or boat, several dozen pulled themselves to shore.

Hawaiian language revitalization a model for Alaska

IMG_3386Xh’unei Lance Twitchell is studying language immersion schools in Hawaii, to bring the model to Southeast Alaska. Central Council has pledged to build a preschool this fall.

Spencer: Volunteerism creates a lifelong ‘passion for service’

Wendy Spencer (l.) and Sitka mayor Mim McConnell. Alaska ranks 8th in the country in the number of national service volunteers located here - over 650. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The nation’s chief service officer says volunteerism has broad public support, and programs like Americorps and Senior Corps will survive the transition to a new presidential administration.

Sitka man’s derby win worth the 57-year wait

1-160604_BobBernhardtThe winner of the 61st Sitka Salmon Derby has waited a long time for his fish. Bob Bernhardt has been trying for the top king salmon in the event since his brother Ernie beat him 57 years ago.

Sitka budget lands with a floatplane dock, but fewer staff

Kevin Knox stands on "A-29," the FAA designation for Sitka's seaplane base. Knox is a recreational pilot, but his connections are professional. He's an advocate on behalf of the Southeast Alaska Aviation Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and he's the representative for Sitka's seaplane base in the Airport Support Network. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)To make ends meet, City Hall is consolidating or leaving unfilled 5 positions. A sixth city staffer was laid off. Critical repairs to Sitka's seaplane base -- at $170,000 -- passed just under the wire.

Sitka Summer Music Festival starts with Beethoven

Indonesia_1300_v1The Sitka Summer Music Festival began with gusto this week. For the first half of the month-long chamber music residency, the Cypress String Quartet will be performing all of Beethoven’s string quartets. These performances are extra special because they are among the last for the San Francisco-based group, which has been performing for two decades.

Party politics shape race for House 35 legislative seat

Sheila Finkenbinder (r.) will run as a Republican against two-term Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.There will be a race for the House District 35 seat in the legislature, but not until fall. Republican Sheila Finkenbinder will challenge 2-term Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins to represent Sitka-Petersburg-Hoonah and SE villages.

Jordans weigh in on three decades of Sitka Derby

Eric and Sara Jordan stand in front of their troller, the "I Gotta." Eric says the unusual name came with the boat which he bought from his mother.  (KCAW photo/Katherine Rose)Eric and Sarah Jordan participate in the Sitka Salmon derby on the other side of the scale. The couple has been running a derby weigh station from their salmon troller for the last 30 years.