Sitka, AK

Sitka campground to close due to helicopter, gravel operations

Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - The Sitka Ranger District is closing Sawmill Creek Campground Road and Beaver Lake Trail Oct. 3, due to helicopter operations. Gravel is being flown in to improve the Beaver Lake Trail. The Sitka Ranger District asks that pedestrians refrain from accessing the area during the closure...
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Sitka city election set for Oct. 4

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Voting in the Sitka 2022 municipal election takes place on Tuesday, and the CBS laid out the timeline for the election. There are three candidates for Mayor. Incumbent Mayor Steven Eisenbeisz, assembly member Kevin Mosher, and Valorie Nelson. Two Assembly seats are open this year. In...

September 27, 2022: What’s on the agenda when the Sitka Assembly meets tonight?

When the Sitka Assembly meets tonight, it will consider approving a new strategic plan spanning the next five years. The strategic planning process began in February, and included focus groups, workshops and a community survey to help a steering committee home in on the direction the final draft of the plan took. The assembly reviewed a draft version of the plan with consultants earlier this month.

In concert: ‘Simply Three’ blurs the edges of classical and contemporary music styles

Glen McDaniel, Nick Villalobos, and Zack Clark are the string trio known as “Simply Three.” Classically trained musicians on violin, cello, and bass, “Simply Three” push the envelope of musical styles in their concerts and music videos. They talk about their origins twelve years ago as college musicians, and their path toward collaboration and invention, with KCAW’s Brooke Shafer. Simply Three will perform in Sitka 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 28 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. Tickets available online at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp website.

Q&A with Alaska House District 2 candidate Rebecca Himschoot

The Alaska Beacon asked Alaska’s legislative candidates to answer a 15-question survey about their positions on a variety of issues. Read all of their responses here. Answers have not been edited. Rebecca Himschoot, nonpartisan candidate from Sitka. Yes/No questions:. The Alaska Constitution allows legislators to call a constitutional convention...

Sitka School Board candidates weigh issues in KCAW forum

The race for Sitka School Board is uncontested this year – actually, it’s undercontested – as there are only two candidates on the ballot for three open seats. Nevertheless, those two candidates aren’t taking the job lightly. Both participated in an hour-long school board forum Thursday night (9-22-22) on Raven Radio, and could easily have spent another hour discussing the issues.

Commentary: Letter from Proponents of Prop 1

Posted by Kevin Knox, Rebecca Himschoot , Kevin Mosher, Andrew Hames, Woody Widmark, Rich Krupa, Mike Vieira , Sondra Lundvick, Tristan Guevin, Levi Albertson | Sep 26, 2022. Note: Opinions expressed in commentary on KCAW are those of the author, and are not necessarily shared by the station’s board, staff, or volunteers.

We did a deep dive into the bathrooms on Lincoln Street so you don’t have to

When Sitkans learned they would be seeing a record breaking number of cruise passengers this summer, there were a lot of questions about how the town would accommodate the influx of people, from traffic flow to garbage. And swirling in the middle of all of those concerns were public toilets. Sitka had nowhere near enough. So the city had to scramble to find solutions, and that meant acquiring some high end toilet trailers and offering a unique grant program.

City seeks feedback on summer tourism to aid in next year’s planning

The summer cruise season is winding down, and now the city is looking for community feedback, while it’s fresh on Sitkans’ minds. This summer’s “short-term” tourism plan was only meant to address the immediate impact of record-breaking numbers of cruise visitors, as the industry rebounded from the pandemic. City planning director Amy Ainslie says now is the time to pause and assess the city’s strategy, and prepare for another record-breaking year in 2023.

Listen: Experts answer your questions on Ballot Props 1 and 2

On Wednesday (9-21-22) KCAW hosted two half-hour forums focusing on ballot propositions 1 and 2, which voters will weigh in on this fall. Proposition 1 would replace the existing sales tax on cannabis with a consumers tax on marijuana and marijuana products, capping out at 8%. The money would be dedicated to the school district’s Student Activities Fund. To explore the pros and cons of Prop 1, KCAW was joined in conversation by assembly sponsor Kevin Knox, Sitka School District activities director Rich Krupa, and Michelle Cleaver, who owns Weed Dudes in Sitka.

Indigenous People’s Day events at UAS Sitka to feature weekend screenings of Land Acknowledgment Panels, and a keynote by Rep. Mary Peltola

UAS campus director Paul Kraft and support specialist Courtney MacArthur helped develop the UAS Indigenous Land Acknowledgment Panels to create a teaching moment, and to further the understanding of the significance of land acknowledgement. The panels explore questions beyond simply reading an acknowledgment at the beginning of a public meeting. The panels (recorded as Zoom meetings) will be screened at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 8 (Panel One) and 2 p.m. Sunday, October 9 (Panel 2) in Room 229 on the UAS Sitka campus. The screenings are a prelude to the events of Indigenous Peoples Day, which begin on campus at 5 p.m. on Monday, October 10, in the hangar, and then move to Room 229 for a keynote speech by US Representative Mary Peltola at 6 p.m. Breakout sessions are scheduled for 7 p.m. on the theme of “Our Journey Forward.”

As early voting opens, Sitka’s election official explains all the ways to cast a ballot before — or on — October 4

Municipal clerk Sara Peterson is Sitka’s election official. She discusses the October 4 ballot, all the candidates and the two propositions. The last day to request a by-mail absentee ballot is Tuesday, September 27. Early voting is now open at Harrigan Centennial Hall 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through October 3. Polls will be open on 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, October 4. The polls are wheelchair accessible, there is ADA voting equipment available, and you can also vote by personal representative. The municipal clerk’s office is on the third floor of City Hall, 747-1811. Find more information at the KCAW Election Center.

Sitka police make 5 arrests after drug warrants are served

Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - On Sept. 18 and 19, the Sitka Police Department executed multiple search warrants. While executing one search warrant, officers located 64 fentanyl pills with approximate street value of $3,520, 28 grams of heroin with approximate street value of $28,000 and 3.5 grams of methamphetamine with approximate street value of $700.

A month of construction remains for Sitka’s Sawmill Creek Road

Crews are planning to wrap up the construction on Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka soon; possibly by the middle of next month. The project to resurface the downtown section of Sawmill Creek Road and expand bicycle and pedestrian access has been a long time coming. It’s been in the design phase for around a decade, but construction finally kicked off this summer.

Coast Guard aircrew medevacs man from vessel near Sitka

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Coast Guard medevaced a man from the container ship Matson Anchorage approximately 150 miles southwest of Sitka Friday evening. Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received the initial request for the medevac on Friday at 5 p.m. from the captain of the ship, who reported that the 45-year-old crewmember was experiencing health complications.

Elder facilities, childcare top health summit priorities

The Sitka Health Summit has pinpointed two goals for 2023 aimed at caring for some of the youngest and oldest Sitkans. The health summit is a community coalition that meets once a year to brainstorm two initiatives focused on community wellness. Doug Osborne is a facilitator for the summit. He...

Sitkans organize annual Walk for Recovery and Wellness

This week, Sitka Counseling and Prevention is hosting its annual Walk for Recovery and Wellness (9-24-22). With the national and local rise in opiate use, the group also has locally-focused overdose prevention kits available for Sitkans to pick up for free at any time. Annie Mattea and Lakota Harden joined KCAW’s Brooke Schafer to talk about the upcoming event. Listen here:

Sitka assemblymember and former Hoonah mayor compete for House seat long held by Kreiss-Tompkins

A Sitka assemblymember and a former Hoonah mayor are competing for the Alaska House of Representatives seat being vacated by five-term Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins. Though nonpartisan candidate Rebecca Himschoot had an edge over Republican Kenny Skaflestad in last month’s open primary – about 54% to roughly 46% – it’s a difference of 373 votes.