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Consultant: Tourism branding needs to be different

Tourism consultant John Kelsh of Great Destination Strategies discusses community branding at a Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Sitka can’t boost tourism by waiting for consensus. That’s the message from marketing consultant John Kelsh, who addressed the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Is Southeast Alaska safe for sea stars?

Sunflower star losing arms in Sitka aquarium. (Photo by  Taylor White/EarthFix)Sea stars, commonly known as starfish, have been vanishing from North America’s Pacific shoreline. Whatever is killing them has spread as far north as Sitka.

Let there be light

While it's not exactly Scorsese, it is history. Sitka municipal administrator Mark Gorman made a short video Thursday (10-2-14) as engineers spin up the #5 turbine in the new Blue Lake Powerhouse. For a brief time, #5 was contributing electricity to the Sitka grid. Ultimately, the three turbines will generate a combined 18 megawatts for the system -- by sometime in November, if all goes well.

What does it mean?

141001_DoubleRainbow_Flags_woolseyTwo rainbows, two flags, one important purpose: Helping maintain a community worth living in. Have you renewed your commitment to community radio? Please take a moment now.

20 Years of Xtratuf

101-IMG_2808Here in Sitka, we marked the end of the visitor season with the 20th Annual Running of the Boots - Sitka's answer to the “Running of the Bulls” in Spain. It combines a very short road race with a very elaborate costume contest.

Despite higher fees, Sitka’s ANB Harbor a welcome upgrade

Sitka's ANB Harbor, home to many local trollers. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Construction was completed on the new ANB Harbor in Sitka in early 2014, but it wasn't until the last week in June when local officials held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the project's success.

Three Sitka artists, three grants…one surname

Sitka artist Dave Galanin in his studio. Photo by Greta Mart.

Sitka artist Dave Galanin in his studio. Photo by Greta Mart.

Last month, the Rasmuson Foundation announced the recipients of this year’s individual artist awards and grants. Several Sitka artists were on that list, and three of them share the … more

Paddling to the party

Three canoes left Kake this morning, starting a week-long trip to Juneau for Celebration 2014. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Jackson)Three canoes left Kake this morning; a week from now, they'll land in Juneau ten canoes strong. The week-long trek to Celebration 2014 is organized by the One People Canoe Society. Paddlers from Kake, Ketchikan and Wrangell will be joined by canoes from Sitka, Angoon, Hoonah, Yakutat and Haines. So what prompts people to pick up a paddle? It's about "getting back to their roots," says Alicia Chilton, who is skippering the Wrangell canoe. "Or maybe finding them."

The Dauenhauers teach tour guides how to teach tourists

Nora and Dick Dauenhauer wrote Russians in Tlingit America. The book is used to train Sitka's park rangers. (KCAW photo/by Emily Forman)Two of greatest living scholars on Sitka’s Russian and Tlingit past were in town last week to train National Park rangers on the historic battles that took place here. Park rangers give programs, of course, but sometimes they’ll interact with visitors for only a few minutes at a time. So the challenge is: How do you teach visitors about the culture in a way that will have impact - when the most commonly-asked question is “Where’s the bathroom?”

Seasonal store unpacks for cruise opener

Sitka Fur Gallery works hard to get the store ready for the first cruise ship in Sitka.The first cruise ship of the season arrives in Sitka tomorrow/today (Wed May 7) and that means many local business are scrambling to get ready. The seasonal stores -- those that build their inventory from scratch every May -- are especially feeling the pressure. On Tuesday afternoon in the Sitka Fur Gallery, the metallic mannequins are still naked with less than 24 hours to go before the first wave of visitors arrives. Store manager Andy Nichols and his employee James talked about how things are going.