Author: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

GCI buys three Southeast TV stations, with big ambitions

GCI has announced plans to buy all three CBS affiliates in Southeast Alaska, including KTNL in Sitka. The purchase comes just weeks after GCI officially took ownership of three other stations, including Sitka’s KSCT. If the sale is approved, GCI will own most of the commercial TV stations in Southeast–and it could mark a new era in Alaska media.

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Fri Dec 12, 2013

Governor Parnell’s proposed budget includes no money for Southeast hydro projects. Budget includes several million dollars for Sitka infrastructure, but more for transportation projects elsewhere. City officials disappointed the budget includes no money for Sitka’s Blue Lake dam. Next year’s Stikine king salmon return expected to improve, but not enough for a commercial fishery.

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Thurs Dec 12, 2013

Assembly approves latest design for Kettleson Memorial Library. Questions about the Affordable Care Act answered. New regulatory system for halibut charter boat operators.

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Assembly votes to raise moorage fees

The cost of keeping a boat in Sitka’s harbors will likely increase next year, by about 6%. The Sitka Assembly voted to raise moorage fees at its regular meeting on Tuesday night, and the increase is probably the first of many.

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Ocean floor sensors yield clues on seismic activity

In January, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake shook up Southeast Alaska, and sent scientists scrambling to study the fault where it originated. Researchers placed sensors on the ocean floor, hoping to better map the fault system, and better predict the size and location of future earthquakes.

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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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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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