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Reckless driver takes out pole, cuts power to Sitka

The 2002 Honda Pilot rests in the bushes next to the pole it broke in half. Up above are Sitka's 69kV transmission lines. (Sitka Electric Dept. photo)Much of Sitka was without power Sunday night (5-15-16) after a car smashed into a utility pole at about 11 PM. The 2002 Honda Pilot hit the pole in the 1300-block of Sawmill Creek Road, more or less severing it.

Sitkans asked to conserve water, power during hydro changeover

After 53 years of continuous service, the turbines at Sitka’s Blue Lake Hydro plant are quiet. Walt Dangel, one of the original powerhouse operators at Blue Lake, threw the switches turning off the plant in a small decommissioning ceremony Monday morning (8-18-14). Dangel was assisted by Frank Rogers, Sitka’s senior plant operator. The two old turbines produce a combined 6 megawatts of power. They’re being replaced by three new turbines that will produce 16 megawatts.