Superintendent Robert Boyle recognized David Boyd from the district’s maintenance department, Kayhi custodian Larry Mestas, and teachers Cheryl Elliott and Roxanne Abajian.
The centerpiece of Tuesday night's (5-24-16) Assembly meeting was the cost of living in Sitka. Specifically, how some Sitkans are struggling to pay their utility bills and whether the city should provide assistance. Two Assembly members propose a subsidization program.
An Alaska Airlines executive gave some details during Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce lunch about the company’s recently announced merger with Virgin Air.
Five high school baseball teams will be battling for two state tournament berths at the region five tournament in Petersburg Thursday through Saturday. Sitka is the top seed among the five Southeast schools and will open up play Thursday afternoon at 4:30. The Wolves will take on the winner of the opening game of the tournament, the number four seed Thunder Mountain against the number five seed Petersburg. That game is at 10 a.m.
Six community organizations are getting a little financial help from the Petersburg Community Foundation.
Commercial fishing for Stikine River king salmon has been closed down in Southeast Alaska because of low numbers in early May.
Petersburg High School students report another successful trip into the LeConte Bay on the mainland near Petersburg, to survey the southernmost tidewater glacier in the northern hemisphere. This is the 33rd year for the high school’s LeConte Glacier survey and the amount of research and knowledge about the ice mass continues to expand. This year more students are looking into different aspects of the position and characteristics of that glacier.
KRBD Rainbird Community Radio in Ketchikan celebrated its 40th birthday over the weekend. The party incorporated the station’s annual “Live Day,” a day where everything is read or performed live on the air.
The survivor of a brown bear mauling near Yakutat 10 days ago says the animal was startled, and attacked instinctively. Ken Steck is recovering from his wounds. He spoke recently with KCAW.
The financial picture at Sitka Community Hospital is like the tortoise: slow and steady, but determined. The city-owned hospital is still recovering from the discovery of a cash flow problem in 2014, but will begin paying down its $1 million debt to the city this coming fiscal year.
The Little Norway Festival also known as Mayfest drew visitors to downtown Petersburg for crafts, food, and good times.
Ketchikan’s Library Director Linda Lyshol is moving on to a new job as library director of the Branch District Library in southern Michigan, starting in just a few weeks.
Local artist Pia Reilly created multiple paintings for the outside and inside of the Rae C. Stedman Elementary. It's funded through one percent for art from the school's recent remodel project.
Fire destroyed a generator shed at a home on Kupreanof Saturday afternoon but did not spread to two nearby cabin buildings. The structure caught fire around one o’clock Saturday afternoon, sending black smoke into the sky with flames visible across the Wrangell Narrows in Petersburg. As locals and visitors enjoyed Petersburg’s Little Norway Festival and sunny weather, the blaze was reported to Petersburg emergency dispatchers by multiple callers. The fire was behind a home about halfway between the Kupreanof state dock and Sasby Island along the Kupreanof shoreline.
Next winter’s ferry schedule will be leaner than this year’s, and that one was pretty lean. It’s the result of budget cuts, which could lead to the sale of the ferry Taku.
On Wednesday (5-18-16), the League of American Bicyclists designated Sitka a “Silver Level” Bicycle Friendly Community. Only 73 other communities in the United States have earned this honor, including Anchorage.
Some of the best drinking water anywhere may be just a little bit better now. Sitka officials on Thursday (5-19-16) cut the ribbon on a new, $8-million dollar ultraviolet disinfection plant for the town’s water supply.
The Sitka School Board has authorized the purchase of nearly $300,000-worth of new reading and writing curriculum for the elementary grades.
The state and a regional development group are combining forces to develop a new business and management plan for the Alaska Marine Highway System.
During Council discussion of the pot tax, there was general agreement on a 5-percent tax – not graduated – with proceeds going into the general fund. The Council directed city management to come back with an ordinance to that effect for the next regular meeting.
Cristina Cabrera will be performing two concerts this weekend Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the Lutheran Church. Weather-permitting, Cabrera will also play at the beer garden on Saturday and on a flatbed truck in the parade.
The winners of Alaska’s name-the-new-ferry contest didn’t know about it until they got a call from Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.
Petersburg has hired a new director for its Parks and Recreation department. Two out-of-town applicants for the job got a chance to tour local recreation facilities and meet the public Tuesday. An aquatics center supervisor who works in Lynnwood, Washington has been chosen for the post.
Norway’s ambassador to the U.S. arrived in Petersburg Wednesday to enjoy the community’s Little Norway Festival. Kåre Aas is from Oslo, and began working for Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. He has served as Norway’s ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well as political director in the foreign affairs ministry before becoming the ambassador to the U.S. in 2013.
Musician Ed Littlefield has been at Fawn Mountain Elementary School the past two weeks teaching students about Tlingit songs and culture.
How and whether to tax retail marijuana within the City of Ketchikan is up for discussion during Thursday’s Ketchikan City Council meeting.
Sealaska shareholders are deciding whether to impose term limits on the corporation’s board. They're also considering nine candidates for four board seats.
A Coast Guard crew rescued two Sitka-based commercial fishermen from a sinking boat near the Fairweather fishing grounds early this morning (Tue 5-17-16).
An Anchorage man was mauled by a brown bear near Yakutat over the weekend. 29-year-old Kenneth Steck was medevacked to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage on Friday (5-13-16) after suffering extensive bite wounds.
A body found last week in Ketchikan on the tideflats under a fish processing plant has been positively identified as Thomas Booth, who went missing in January.