Month: November 2013

Small bird-banding study could produce big results

Alaska has its share of big science projects, to be sure. But to get results, science doesn’t always have to be huge. In Sitka, a project in its second year is studying the seasonal movement of juncoes and some other sparrows. It started as a way to involve kids in science, and to answer some basic questions about a species so common that we haven’t taken the trouble to study it.

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Sales tax holiday set for Friday and Saturday

The Sitka assembly gave final approval Tuesday night for a sales tax holiday this Friday and Saturday, the two days after Thanksgiving. The assembly also passed on first reading a proposed ordinance that would require the city to make the decision about sales tax holidays earlier in the year.

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St. Peter’s Bazaar: A festive event to fight homelessness

St. Peter’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Churchwomen Pauline Fredrickson and Candi Barger discuss next Saturday’s Annual Christmas Bazaar & Luncheon (10AM – 2PM Saturday, December 7). The bazaar features baked goods, crafts, chowder, and chili. The event benefits St. Peter’s 12-step programs, and efforts to combat homelessness.

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Wed Nov 27, 2013

Assembly declines to spend public funds on typhoon relief in the Phillipines, opts for private donations. Residents react to proposed Harrigan Centennial Hall facelift. Despite improving economy, Salvation Army food assistance program in Sitka is on the rise.

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Tue Nov 26, 2013

Assembly expected to approve sales tax holiday for this weekend. Sitka family’s second home in the Phillipines shelters typhoon survivors. Fishermen want to broaden use of electronic monitoring, rather than human observers, in federal fisheries.

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In Sitka, watching typhoon’s devastation back home

A Sitka family is rebuilding in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines in early November. Sitka mailman Felix Cirera traveled back to his hometown of Tacloban this week to find out what is left of the beach-side home that he and his wife, Myrna, had built in the city and planned to retire to. Several of the Cireras’ relatives rode out the storm in the house.

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