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Lake levels renew call for conservation

The Green Lake Dam, as seen in a 2008 file photo. As water levels begin to drop, the city has renewed its call for Sitkans to conserve electricity. (File photo)

On Nov. 9, Green Lake was 19 feet below full – no change from the week before – and Blue Lake was 13 feet below full. That’s a drop of one foot from the week prior. The city anticipates it will need $1.6 million in diesel fuel to keep up with demand for electricity. more

State revenue sharing rescues Sitka's '12 general fund

Sitka’s municipal budget is back from the brink. At a special assembly meeting Thursday evening (5-5-11) in Harrigan Centennial Hall, city administrator Jim Dinley reported that a deficit of almost $800,000 had been dramatically reduced by eleventh-hour action of the Alaska Legislature. more

Commissioner to 2011 MEHS grads: "I'll be working for you."

While it may not always be fun to go to school on Saturdays, one of the upsides of the rigorous academic calendar at Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe High School is an early graduation. Seventy-five seniors received their diplomas this morning (5-5-11) in ceremonies at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. Among the distinguished guests present to congratulate the graduates of the state-run boarding school was Commissioner of Education Michael Hanley. more

Hatchery meets opposition from property owners

A plan to build a hatchery at Baranof Warm Springs is meeting resistance from residents of the small community. They voiced their concerns to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game at a public meeting Tuesday night in Sitka. more

Sitka 8th grader wins college credit for Geobee finish

A Sitka student has earned his first three college credits, and he’s only in eighth grade. Trevor Schoening was presented his scholarship by UAS Sitka campus director Jeff Johnstone during the university’s graduation ceremonies last Friday night (4-29-11). more

Yakutat student wins Gates Millenium Scholarship

A Yakutat high school senior will have her way paid to the college of her choice – for all four years, plus graduate school. Maka Monture was notified last month that she is to become a Gates Millenium Scholar. more

Coast Guard names Sitka a 'Coast Guard City'

Sitka was officially named a “Coast Guard City” on Saturday. The designation belongs to only 12 communities in the country and is awarded by the Coast Guard to signify a close bond between the military branch and the communities in which it serves. more

Low turnout at Sitka redistricting hearing

A dozen or so Sitkans – many of them city officials past and present – showed up Friday to weigh in on a plan to redraw legislative boundaries in Alaska. more

SJ Campus rehab logs 10,000 volunteer hours in 90 days

April 30, 2011, marked 90 days since the transfer of the core campus of the former Sheldon Jackson College to the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Volunteers by Saturday had logged 10,000 hours prepping the campus for the 540 students scheduled to occupy the camp beginning on June 5. Commentary by Roger Schmidt. Photos by Cassi Olson. more

Hatchery proposed for Baranof Warm Springs

The Department of Fish & Game will take public testimony in Sitka on Tuesday night on a hatchery proposed for Baranof Warm Springs. more