Author: Robert Woolsey

Roundabout decision to go to 2nd reading

The Sitka assembly on first reading narrowly passed an ordinance granting the state a right-of-way to construct a roundabout at the Swan Lake intersection. Newly-appointed member Heide Raffaele held the swing vote. She chose to pass the issue on to second reading, and buy time to study the issue.

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Assembly gives go-ahead for Blue Lake funding

The Sitka assembly wasted little time acting on the electric department's recommendation to pursue significant expansion of the Blue Lake hydro project. During their regular meeting Tuesday night (1-8-08) they authorized the restructuring of the electric fund's debt, and the creation of a capital fund to begin preparatory work on the project.

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Blue Lake expansion may meet Sitka's electric needs

Sitka's long-range energy plans may not require a new hydro project at Lake Diana after all. At a worksession with the Sitka assembly on Tuesday (1-8-08), system engineer Dean Orbison explained that a consultant had identified much more potential at Blue Lake than the 23-feet of additional height planned by the dam's original designers.

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Sitka police dog victim of harassment

Sitka’s first police dog, Justice, was the victim of an alleged assault this past weekend. Detective Mark Hake, the dog’s handler, responded to a drunk and disorderly complaint Friday night at the Lakeside Grocery store. According to court documents, after being escorted off the premises, the defendant allegedly stopped at the marked police canine vehicle and punched the left rear window where Justice was housed. The defendant was also allegedly shouting while he struck the vehicle. He was placed under arrest and charged with “Harming a Police Dog” in the second degree, a misdemeanor offense. The defendant was also arrested on one count of resisting arrest. KCAW’s Melissa Marconi Wentzel talked to Detective Hake about the incident and about the state statute protecting police dogs:

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Sealaska holds meeting in Sitka

Sealaska, Southeast's regional Native corporation, met with Sitkans on January 3rd to discuss a proposed bill which would transfer to the corporation about 85-thousand acres of Southeast Alaska rainforest.

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Tropical sea turtle found near Sitka

A female green sea turtle found dead near Sitka last week traveled thousands of miles to reach Southeast Alaska shores. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the turtle likely originated from Mexico or the Galapagos Islands. About four weeks earlier, a sea turtle was recovered near Ketchikan, bringing the total number of strandings of this protected species within the last decade up to seven.

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2007 – A Year in Stories

In Sitka, 2007 was marked by two major events – a plane crash that claimed a New Jersey family and the closure of the state’s longest running educational institution. Melissa Marconi Wentzel takes this look back at the top stories that shaped our community

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