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Sitkans push for PFD voter initiative

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Zoe Kitchel canvassing for the PFD voter ballot initiative. (Photo by Emily Kwong)

Sitkans have joined a statewide effort to make it easier for people to cast their ballots at the polls. The push to get Alaska residents registered to … more

Marijuana committee iffy about excise taxes

509362492_c0c2eedc56_zitka’s marijuana advisory committee doesn’t want to impose excise taxes on the now-legal drug - at least, not right now. While no firm recommendations were made at a meeting earlier this week, several members spoke in support of leaving taxes off the table.

LeConte could boost Sitka ferry service

The LeConte docks at Juneau's Auke Bay terminal in 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska Marine Highway officials have identified several ways to increase ferry service to Sitka next summer. It’s in response to community concerns about the fast ferry Fairweather being indefinitely tied up.

Alaska Sacred Harp singers convene in Sitka

10-24-15-Sacred-Harp-group-sing-500x296Sacred Harp singing is a traditional American gospel genre from the South. Several dozen Alaskans involved in the style gathered in Sitka last weekend to share songs and work on their technique.

Sitkans detail impacts of 2016 ferry system cuts

The fast ferry Fairweather sails Chatham Strait, between Admiralty and Chichagof islands in 2010. One of its four new engines broke March 7 while sailing Prince William Sound. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Sitkans affected by substantial ferry service cuts will voice their concerns during a rally and legislative listening session at noon Friday (10-23-15). Here are some of the impacts they expect.

State cuts could close one Sitka harbor

140708_Crescent_Harbor-KCAW 300x225If budget cuts eliminate a state matching-grant program for marine facilities, Sitka could have to close one of its boat harbors. At least three are scheduled for work over the next 10 years.

Baranof devotes a day to salmon-centered learning

IMG_3711October 8th is National Salmon Day, but first graders in Sitka are way ahead of the curve. Baranof Elementary School has been hosting a salmon celebration for the past 9 years.

Girls Scouts host Women of Science and Technology Day

The Girl Scouts of Alaska will host a Women of Science and Technology Day in Sitka, on Saturday, Sept. 26th.   KCAW News spoke with Victoria Lorde, Girl Scouts of Alaska Southern Southeast Member Services and Program Specialist. Downloadable audio.

Sitka geologically separate from rest of Alaska

Geologist Susan Karl points to faults shown on a new geologic map of Baranof Island, in Southeast Alaska. It reflects the discovery that the island's bedrock is different from that of other parts of the region. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Sitka sits on a different chunk of the Earth’s crust than the rest of Alaska. Decades of scientific research have led to a report and map showing where the faults lie.

Marine debris barge to skip Southeast

A Coast Guard helicopter lifts one of several bags of marine debris collected in 2014 on Biorka Island, near Sitka. (Photo courtesy Sitka Sound Science Center)The barge picking up marine debris from Alaska's coastline will skip Southeast. Regional communities are sticking with existing disposal agreements.