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Despite voting down rate hike, Assembly says rates will rise

Workers pouring cement at the Blue Lake dam in June, 2014 (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Assembly voted down a proposed electric rate increase at its meeting Tuesday night. But that doesn’t mean rates aren’t going up. The real question isn’t whether rates will rise, but by how much. And city staff have found some creative ways to soften the impact.

Sitka School District lays out potential cuts

Superintendent Mary Wegner (far right) lays out proposals for cutting the Sitka School District budget. The district faces a shorfall of up to $2.7-million. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW) The Sitka School District is facing a shortfall of up to $2.7-million for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Mary Wegner laid out a range of options, from ending the community schools program to laying off as many as nine teachers.

Activities at risk as Sitka’s school budget hits deficit ‘wall’?

Sitka High freshman David Wilcox blazes across the finish line Saturday morning (9-28-13). Faced with its largest projected budget deficit in recent memory, the Sitka School Board may consider dramatic cuts to sports and activities programs in 2016. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka School Board -- as usual -- is entering its annual budget cycle facing a significant deficit. But unlike past years, there’s no silver bullet from either the state or federal governments that’s likely to save the day.

Sitka to increase moorage rates for third year in a row

The new ANB Harbor, at the June, 2014 ribbon-cutting. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Rates for both transient and permanent slip holders will go up by 6.68%. The increase is effective immediately for transient users. For resident vessels, it will go into effect on April 15.

Movies in Your Mind: Radio Theater 2014

The radio theater show featured a 1950s Western, a Sherlock Holmes mystery, and four original plays by John Longenbaugh. (Mike Hicks/KCAW photo)Gather round, close your eyes and listen closely...as the Sitka Community Theater presents an evening of radio drama.

$1-million loan to buy Sitka hospital ‘breathing room’

Hospital staffers participate in the Alaska Day Parade. (SCH photo)Sitka Community Hospital will get a $1-million infusion of cash from the Sitka assembly, in order to meet short-term expenses. A long-term solution for the hospital’s cash woes is still on the horizon.

As Sitka’s hospital stumbles, officials look to new ‘healthcare landscape’

Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation)Sitka’s local hospital is in trouble. Deep financial losses that have only just become apparent have shaken the institution, and have cost the chief financial officer his job. Sitka Community Hospital will ask the Sitka assembly for a $1-million loan this week, but city officials are not calling the emergency infusion of cash a fix.

Sitka ended FY2014 with surplus, but rate hikes likely

The city ended the last year with a million dollar surplus in its primary operating budget. But finance director Jay Sweeney told the assembly that several of the funds that pay for utilities are in worse shape, and will likely require more utility rate increases.

147 years later, a changing of the flags on Castle Hill

Keeley LaRose came with her family to watch the ceremony (KCAW photo/Emily Kwong)Sitka celebrated the 147th anniversary of the Alaska transfer on Saturday (10-18-14) with a big parade and a period reenactment.

Assembly awards contract for water treatment facility

The assembly voted to award a $5.5-million contract to Dawson Construction to build a new UV Disinfection Facility, which will bring Sitka’s primary source of drinking water into compliance with federal regulations.