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Sitka settles with tasered teen for $350,000

The video of the arrest of 18-year-old Franklin Hoogendorn was at the center of a months-long controversy over Sitka police procedures. (YouTube image capture)

Sitka has settled out of court with a high school student who was tasered in the city’s jail in 2014. Franklin Hoogendorn will be paid $350,000 by Sitka’s insurance carrier.

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Planning commission speaks against federal logging plan

Trees on Mitkof Island in the Tongass National Forest. Photo/Angela DenningPetersburg’s Planning and Zoning commissioners disagreed with the plan’s focus to move from old growth to young growth harvest.

Marijuana group still hashing out details

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The clock is ticking for Sitka’s Marijuana Advisory Committee. State regulations go into effect February 21 and the group has yet to forward its recommendations to the assembly on what a pot industry might look like on Baranof Island.

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City questions rules for utility billing

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During last night’s (02-09-16) meeting, the Sitka Assembly was notified of a snowballing issue in the city finance department: utility bills. Specifically, power disconnections when bills are past due.

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WISH on probation, but questions arise

Ketchikan from the waterWISH officials say there was no warning from the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault that there were any problems. In fact, just a few months prior, the shelter had received notice of compliance, praising the program for following regulations.

Two fishing boats aground, sunk on Kupreanof shoreline

A man in a skiff brings a pump and fuel drums over to the grounded Moonshadow and Robert G. Johnston Tuesday morning.A Petersburg fisherman is working to recover two boats aground and sunken on the Kupreanof Island shoreline across from Petersburg. The 42-foot fiberglass gillnetter Moonshadow and the 57-foot wooden tender Robert G. Johnston both belong to Arnold Enge.

Sitkans excited about new library

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The renovated and enlarged Sitka Public Library is now open for business, with thousands of books having been moved back from temporary quarters on the Sheldon Jackson campus.

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Report: Ferries boost Anchorage, Mat-Su economies too

Cars and trucks line up to board the ferry Chenega in Sitka on Sept. 13, 2015. The ferry system carries traffic that ends up in Anchorage and Fairbanks, a new study says. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Anchorage is tied for first as the prime destination for ferrying summer tourists, according to a new report by the McDowell Group.

Petersburg drug cases resolved

Lorry, left, and Lars ChristensenOne Petersburg man will likely be serving jail time for trying to sell heroin and methamphetamine in Petersburg, while his brother will not. 63-year-old Lorry Christensen entered guilty pleas to two counts on Thursday. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree as well as misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree. Meanwhile, drug charges have been dismissed against his brother, 57-year-old Lars Christensen.

Edgecumbe to ANSEP: ‘It’s 70 years of tradition here’

Teacher Dionne Brady-Howard is worried about how the loss of Edgecumbe would affect young Alaskans (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)

The past three weeks have been turbulent at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. ANSEP has proposed turning the 70-year-old boarding school into an accelerated high school. Now, Edgecumbe students and teachers, are asking questions about ANSEP’s motivations - and whether the plan would even work.

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Petersburg to seek larger land grant through legislation

landselectmapPetersburg is hoping for legislative help to boost the size of a state land entitlement that comes with the formation of a new municipality. A local committee is recommending the borough seek all of the un-spoken for state land within Petersburg’s boundaries.

Hanley’s departure comes at critical time for Mt. Edgecumbe

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Commissioner Mike Hanley’s departure comes at a critical time for Mt. Edgecumbe High School, the state run boarding school in Sitka.

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Schools serve breakfast, feed brains

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It’s often called the most important meal of the day but sometimes kids don’t get the chance to eat breakfast before heading to class. Sitka School District wanted to change that this year and started offering breakfast for all students.

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Mitkof Mummers scale back for mini murder mystery

Kaitlin DuRoss and other Mitkof Mummers rehearse this week for "Ole and Lena's Three Doors to Death". Photo/Angela DenningThe Sons of Norway has partnered with the local acting troupe to fund raise for both groups.

Bumps likely in the long road to a new Tongass plan?

Sec. Vilsack's direction to produce a plan that is "ecologically, environmentally, and economically sustainable" is a significant challenge, as managers reckon with a forest that is huge, but also fragile. (Flickr photo, Joseph)

The Forest Service is planning to shift its focus from old-growth to young-growth timber harvests in the Tongass National Forest. The transition to young growth got its start early in the Obama administration, and there could be at least three more presidents before it becomes a full reality.

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City mayor talks pot at Chamber presentation

Mayor Lew Williams III speaks to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)City of Ketchikan Mayor Lew Williams III talked pot during his annual State of the City presentation at Wednesday’s Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Sitka School Board rallies behind Mt. Edgecumbe (again)

The Mt. Edgecumbe Cheerleaders leave the floor at halftime in 2013. (KCAW Photo/Robert Woolsey)

The Sitka School Board Tuesday night (2-2-16) directed the superintendent to draft a letter in opposition to a proposal from the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program to take over Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.

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Sitka man sentenced to 40 years for sexual assault

A Sitka man has been sentenced to over 40 years in prison for sexual assault.

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Petersburg assembly prepares talking points for Juneau

dollar bills closeupThree assembly members are traveling to Alaska’s capital city this month and the assembly came up with seven issues for them to bring up during their trip.

Will legal pot be possible in rural Alaska?

Photo from flickr/Creative Commons/Brett Levin/LEGAL Colorado marijuana growResidents and borough staff in Petersburg are trying to come to grips with state regulations for marijuana that take effect later this month. The regulations create a new licensing process for businesses that could grow, test and sell pot in the state. But they have some in Petersburg thinking the hurdles for new pot businesses will be too difficult and local marijuana sales will remain underground and off the books.

Coast Guard in Petersburg recognized for rescue missions

Kupreanof sinkingTwo skippers recount rescues when their boats sank and their crews were saved.

Ortiz gives an update on the legislative session

Recently elected House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event.Rep. Dan Ortiz says the atmosphere in Juneau is pretty positive, with most lawmakers focused on resolving the state’s $3.5 billion deficit rather than delaying action.

Halibut commission boosts catch limits for most of the coast

IPHC staff and commissioners meet at Juneau's Centennial Hall (Photo from IPHC Facebook page)The International Pacific Halibut Commission Friday approved an increase in halibut catch limits for most of the coast. The joint U.S. and Canadian body oversees management of the prized bottom fish from California to Alaska. The commission held its annual meeting in Juneau this week. Commissioners approved a coast-wide catch of 29,890,000 pounds for 2016. That’s an increase of 2.2 percent from last year’s limits.

Elders cleaning up after storm blows roof off

Roofing material is seen in the yard in front of Frank and Marge James' rented home off North Tongass Highway. The roof blew off in the storm earlier this week. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Two Ketchikan elders are cleaning up and looking for a new place to live after the roof of their rented home was blown off during a big storm earlier this week.

No herring fishery in Seymour Canal this year, good run predicted in future years

The herring market in Southeast targets the herring roe. Photo/ADF&GMost of the herring this year are four-year-olds and are too small to harvest for roe.

Kreiss-Tomkins’ fiscal survey link corrected

Alaskans in House District 35 were sent a survey by their House representative, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, regarding options to help resolve the state’s budget deficit. But, according to Kreiss-Tomkins’ office, the survey information included an incorrect link.

Storm blows through SE, taking out trees, power

KPU Electric Division crews work on power lines Tuesday morning on Sunset Drive.A big storm blew through Ketchikan Monday and early Tuesday, taking down trees in some areas and cutting the community’s power link to the Swan Lake hydroelectric dam.

City prepares 2016 cruise season calendar

A cruise ship is docked at Ketchikan's downtown Berth 2. About 1 million cruise passengers visited Southeast in 2015. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The first ship of the season will be the Crystal Serenity, arriving May 1. That ship carries a little more than 1,000 passengers. Daily visits and multi-ship days start on May 8th. After that, there are no scheduled ship-free days until Sept. 10.

No retail marijuana ban for City of Ketchikan

Council Members Julie Isom and Bob Sivertsen are seen during Thursday's discussion of a proposed temporary ban on retail marijuana. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Following about an hour of public comment from a packed Council chambers, the Ketchikan City Council voted 3-2 Thursday to reject an ordinance that would have temporarily banned retail marijuana in city limits.

Ketchikan’s aging water system

A section of repaired water pipe is seen on Baranof Avenue after the old pipe broke and washed out the fill under the street in 2013. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Wood-stave and steel pipes are a thing of the past, but the aging iron pipes under much of Ketchikan's streets have their own set of problems.