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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.

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.

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.

Maple restores Cape Edgecumbe buoy ahead of schedule

The Cape Edgecumbe weather buoy is back in service. The Coast Guard Cutter Maple took advantage of the relatively calm seas and pleasant spring weather two weeks ago (4-17-11) to fix the buoy, rather than waiting for the summertime.

Rural residents comment on redistricting maps

The Alaska Redistricting Board is in the middle of a grueling two-week public hearing process. They’re taking comments on their draft legislative boundary maps they released earlier this month, and other suggested maps submitted by municipalities and interest groups.

Sealaska Redoubt selection could advance

A survey team from the Bureau of Land Management will be in Sitka this summer to plat 11 acres of land selected by Sealaska – land selected by the regional Native corporation 36 years ago. The property is Redoubt Lake falls, one of Sitka’s most heavily-used subsistence fisheries. The possible transfer of public land into corporate hands has a local conservation group -- and the U.S. Forest Service – concerned.

Sitka brewery gets city loan worth $282k

Baranof Island Brewing Company, which produces beer on Smith Street in Sitka, came away from the Assembly table with a $282,000 loan on Tuesday night.

Assembly pulls $20k out of Fortress loan

Earlier this month, the Sitka Assembly approved a $100,000 loan for Fortress of the Bear, a bear habitat and tourist attraction that’s been open since 2007. But at its regular meeting last night, the Assembly decided to hold back 20 percent of the money.

Unrelated fire, sinking hit harbor over weekend

It was a busy weekend in Sitka’s Eliason Harbor, where one vessel suffered fire damage just hours before another sank.

Extended audio: Ten Tips for marketing with social media

SCVB executive director Tonia Rioux offered these Ten Tips for marketing with social media during her presentation to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday (4-20-11). She drew the information from an article on www.techrepublic.com by Debra Littlejohn Shinder.