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College trustees push Redoubt ownership claim

Sheldon Jackson College Trustee Heather McCarty, center, speaks at a Monday press conference about claims to the Redoubt Lake area. Trustees Rob Allen, left, and Gary Paxton, right, listen.Sheldon Jackson College’s Board of Trustees says it’s strengthened its claim to the area around Redoubt Lake. It's a popular sport and subsistence fishing area, about a 15-mile skiff ride south of Sitka.

Fast ferries added to online, interactive map

Fairweather crew members and shore staff get ready to tie up the fast ferry at Sitka's terminal. It and three other ships are slated to be tied up next year. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska Marine Highway System travelers can now track all ferries online. The fast ferries Chenega and Fairweather were added to an interactive map showing ships' whereabouts and expected arrival times.

Energy Cents targets home heat, power costs

Home energy improvement supplies and tools.A new energy-conservation effort is targeting home power and heating costs in more than a dozen Southeast Alaska communities.

Groups go after invasive weed on Admiralty Island

Angoon Community Association Watershed Crew Leader Calvin Washington looks for invasive black bindweed in Whitewater Bay. Photo courtesy SEACC.There’s an effort underway to eradicate a Lower 48 weed that’s choking off plant life in part of Southeast Alaska. Three organizations combined forces to pull black bindweed from a beach.

Stedman: Projects could help region’s economy

Sitka Senator Bert Stedman at a Bipartisan Working Group press conference. Photo courtesy the Bipartisan Working Group.Sitka Senator Bert Stedman was a key player in this year’s oil-tax and gasline battles. And he managed the capital budget as co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He also focused on projects and issues in his district, which includes Sitka, Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg.

Both sides testify on subsistence controversy

Kootznoowoo General Manager Peter Naoroz, left, addresses the Federal Subsistence Board Thursday during its Juneau meeting. Alaska Native Brotherhood subsistence leader Bob Loescher, right, listens. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld.Different sides of the Angoon sockeye controversy made their case before the Federal Subsistence Board on Thursday.

Special Holiday Programming

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This weekend: don’t miss The Battery Exchange, Christmas with the Roncos, and Christmas at St. Olaf,  plus a whole lot more. Also, Prairie Home Companion and Radio Boogie will air at slightly different times on Saturday. Here’s the full schedule:… more

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.

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.

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.