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Three bears shot and killed in Sitka neighborhood

A tranquilized bear and cub. (Alaska Department of Fish & Game photo.Wildlife troopers shot and killed a brown bear sow and her two cubs in a Sitka neighborhood late this week (10/20/16). While it’s not the first report of an aggressive bear near downtown, the three were the first animals destroyed this year for public safety. Downloadable audio.

Go behind the scenes of the Alaska Day parade!

Nurses from Sitka had their own float this year at the 2016 Alaska Day parade. (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell)No city celebrates Alaska Day like Sitka and no event is bigger than Sitka’s Alaska Day parade. But while spectators set up chairs and line up for candy, the party has already started just up the block. Downloadable audio.

New Mt. Edgecumbe Superintendent can relate to rural students

New Mt. Edgecumbe  superintendent Janelle Vanasse.  (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell)Mt. Edgecumbe High School has a new superintendent. Janelle Vanasse moved to Sitka from Bethel, where she worked in rural education for twenty years.

Sitka celebrates 50th anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act

A view to the north of Sitka's 'Indian Village,' c. 1890. (Edward DeGroff photo, US Library of Congress)This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act. There's a history walk from 1-4pm on Saturday, October 15th and a presentation on the architecture of Sheldon Jackson campus on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7pm. Downloadable audio.

Aggressive bears concern Sitka Police

bearsIt’s not uncommon for bears roam neighborhoods in search of trash, especially in the months leading up to hibernation, but all the usual tricks for keeping Sitka’s bears at bay haven’t been working. Downloadable audio.

Linda Behnken honored by White House as “Champion of Change”

Linda Behnken spoke about the importance of mentorship in the fisheries industry while at the White House. Photo from a White House video.Behnken was one of 12 people the White House honored as “Champions of Change” in seafood sustainability. The Obama White House created the Champions of Change awards as part of the president’s “Win the future” initiative.

Canoe steaming carries on Tlingit and Haida tradition

Jerrod Galanin gets help lowering a basket of hot lava rocks into the canoe.  (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell)Earlier this week the skies over Eagle Beach in Sitka were filled with smoke and steam, as a carving team worked to transform a cedar dugout into an elegant, seaworthy canoe.

Voters in the villages take to the polls

Sarah, Keegan, and Delilah Cordova at the voting booth in Port Alexander. (Photo courtesy of Molly Kimzey)Along with Sitka, smaller cities from around the region went to the polls on Tuesday (10-4-16) to elect or reelect residents to the Mayor's office, the City Council, and seats on the School Board.

Bear sighting forces temporary park closure

A sow and her twin cubs scout a creek bed near Sitka for pink salmon. (Hugh Bevan photo)Sitka National Historical Park's trails were closed for about an hour while park staff and the police responded. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also tried to locate the bear.

UPDATE: Body of missing hiker found

Michael Hansen was last seen leaving his apartment at 10:30 a.m. Monday. His vehicle was found at the trailhead, off Sawmill Creek Road, at noon today , 9-20-16. (Courtesy Sitka Search and Rescue)The body of Michael Hansen was found by searchers earlier today (09/23/16). Hansen’s family has been notified of his death and the investigation is ongoing.