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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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.