Author: Katherine Rose

With House Bill 2001 signed, where does Sitka stand?

When the governor told Alaskans he was signing the budget Monday, he spoke about restoring funding for multiple programs. But perhaps another “r” word is more accurate. He actually reversed his previous decision to veto the University of Alaska system’s funding by 40 percent. In the end, the university system will have its budget slashed by $25 million.

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Assembly takes no action on police investigation

Despite three pending harassment lawsuits, the Sitka Assembly continues to hold off on hiring an outside consultant to investigate the Sitka Police Department. Some assembly members believe an interim police chief may be improving the work environment enough to make an investigation unnecessary.

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Familiar faces among applicants for city admin job

The Sitka Assembly continues moving forward with the city administrator hiring process. After advertising for the position at the end of July, the assembly has received a total of 14 applications -- some of them familiar faces to long-time Sitkans.

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Chalky algae shells turn Sitka seas turquoise

The seas are changing around Sitka this week. Ocean waters have turned a pale green-ish blue color. Researchers at Sitka Tribe of Alaska think a specific type of algae is the cause. It’s non-toxic, but it’s shedding a material you’ve probably been familiar with since elementary school.

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Sitkan shoots, kills bear in backyard

A Sitka resident shot and killed a brown bear in his backyard Thursday morning (8-9-19), after the animal reportedly charged him. The incident occurred in the 2000 block of Sawmill Creek Road, which has seen an uptick in bear activity over the last couple of weeks.

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