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.
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.
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.
The Department of Fish & Game will take public testimony in Sitka on Tuesday night on a hatchery proposed for Baranof Warm Springs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was a busy weekend in Sitka’s Eliason Harbor, where one vessel suffered fire damage just hours before another sank.