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15 Must See Alaska Cruise Destinations
Alaska is cruising paradise for nature fans, landscape photographers and those wanting to explore pristine wilderness areas. Known for its impressive mountains, numerous glaciers and many hiking trails, it’s a cruising destination like no other. You can kayak iceberg-filled fjords, go whale and bear
New options for experiencing Alaska's rainforests and raptors
Through an ongoing partnership with the Sitka-based Alaska Raptor Center and Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, Kawanti Adventures will offer a new raptor flight experience in 2019. Kawanti's three-hour Eagles, Raptors & Rainforest Experience begins and ends in Ketchikan. The tour travels 10 scenic miles
Sitka nonprofits fear economic, social setbacks of deep state budget cuts
Governor Mike Dunleavy wants to deal with the state’s $1.6 billion dollar spending deficit with deep cuts to education, Medicaid, and other social services. As the full extent of the proposed cuts become known, many are beginning to assess their effect on all Alaska institutions, even those that don
Alaska city and regional group agree to hospital purchase
SITKA, Alaska (AP) - A city government in Alaska has approved agreements enabling a regional health consortium to take over operation of its community hospital. The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported Tuesday that the City and Borough of Sitka Assembly voted 5-2 Monday to approve asset purchase and facili
Insurance relief restores 8 positions to Sitka school budget
An unexpected break from the city’s insurance carrier has left the Sitka School District with some extra cash — enough to preserve 4 teaching jobs, and 4 staff and admin jobs that were due to be cut.
Alaska DOT considering proposal for Berners Bay ferry terminal
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration is considering a new Juneau ferry terminal 30 miles north of the existing one to accommodate the short range of the new Alaska Class ferries. It’s part of the plan to ensure day boats can connect Juneau with Haines and Skagway.
Sitka doctor charged on eight counts of sexual assault
A Sitka doctor has been charged with sexually assaulting a patient. A Sitka grand jury last Thursday (4-4-19) indicted 75-year old Richard W. McGrath on eight counts of sexual assault in the second degree, for alleged sexual touching without consent.
Sitka administrator evaluation turns to debate over termination
One day after Sitka’s assembly made an historic decision to sell its local hospital, it came within one vote of firing the city administrator. In a move that caught many off guard, the Sitka Assembly deliberated the termination of municipal administrator Keith Brady, who’s been on the job less than
McGrath pleads not guilty, trial set for summer
A Sitka doctor charged with sexually assaulting a patient has pleaded not guilty, and will stand trial this summer at the earliest. 75-year old Richard McGrath appeared in person and entered a plea in Sitka Superior Court this morning (Friday 4-19-19).
Sitka schools unveil plan for 15 staff cuts next year, with more possible
The Sitka School District will be down over eight full-time teaching positions next year, and another seven staff and administrators — and that’s the conservative outlook. The district administration unveiled a budget plan last week (Friday 4-12-19) which assumes that when this year’s epic budget ba
Deer population up between 2013 and 2016 on Mitkof Island
Between 2013 and 2016, the deer population on Mitkof Island was on an upward trend, according to Stephen Bethune, Unit 4 area management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game based in Sitka.
Assembly approves sale of Sitka Community Hospital
The city of Sitka is moving forward with the sale of Sitka Community Hospital to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. In a vote of 5-2 they approved the final sale documents. Now those must go to the SEARHC board for approval.
Sitka Fine Arts Camp offers to absorb PAC management costs
A nonprofit organization has agreed to take on a major share of running the Sitka Performing Arts Center. The Sitka Fine Arts Camp recently signed an agreement with the Sitka School Board that should save the district over $100,000 a year in expenses.
Advocates speak out for continued cultural education in Sitka
Although the current Sitka School Board and District are not responsible for the historic disruption of Tlingit culture and language in the community, they have an obligation to help restore it.
Sitka Cirque takes audience underwater with “Tides”
Sitka Cirque’s Jessica Christianson and Frances Donohoe joined KCAW’s Erin Fulton in the studio to discuss their upcoming original show, “Tides.”. Devised by Donohoe, Charles Hart and Zeke Blackwell, the show will be produced in collaboration with playwright Zachary Desmond and local artist Pat Keho
Bailey, Pratt celebrate friendship in weekend concert series
Grammy-winning cellist and Sitka Summer Music Festival artistic director Zuill Bailey says that pianist Awadagin Pratt is his oldest friend in music, with a relationship going back to a table-tennis rivalry in their teens. They’ll share their stories and music in two events this weekend: A Cocktail
Sheldon Jackson Museum supporters, staff in dark over possible sale of collection
Rosemary Carlton has dedicated over 30 years of her life to the Sheldon Jackson Museum. Her career there started when she became the museum’s education specialist in 1985. But her love for the museum began much sooner, in 1969 when she moved to Sitka from Washington state to teach at the Etolin Stre
Alaska Coast Guard helicopter could not respond to fatal January plane crash
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A mechanical problem prevented a rescue helicopter from responding quickly to the scene of a fatal January air ambulance plane crash in Alaska, according to U.S. Coast Guard flight logs.
‘Carbon Dividend’ a cash incentive to halt climate change
Environmental advocates are working on new policy to lower the nation’s carbon emissions, and it should sound familiar to Alaskans: Paying citizens a dividend. Barbara Bingham, a Sitka resident and member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, described the details of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Divid
Easter bunnies arrive early at Rainy Day Bazaar
Mysti Birky, with Coast Guard Spouses and Women’s Association, outlines this year’s Rainy Day Bazaar, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at Harrigan Centennial Hall. A tradition in Sitka of some 30 years, the Rainy Day Bazaar features 60 vendors (table space still available), including photographers