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A broken foot bridge over a river

Around Southeast Alaska, communities assess damage from record-breaking storm

Sitka broke rainfall records on Tuesday, and damage from serious rain, winds and power outages afflicted communities across Southeast.
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Alaska Airlines jet kills brown bear at Yakutat’s airport

Passengers weren't harmed, but a brown bear cub was orphaned.
Two people sit in lawn chairs on a lake looking at a sunset in the mountains

‘We can’t turn this down’: New Xbox game brings Tlingit voices to the forefront

A new Xbox game is loosely based on the real town of Hoonah, a small, predominantly Tlingit community on Chichagof Island.
A beige building with a red metal roof labelled "Sitka Police Department"

Neighbors shaken but unhurt after 4-year-old fires AK-47 in Sitka

Sitka police are investigating a near-tragedy that occurred over the weekend when a small child playing with a high-powered rifle fired shots into his trailer court. No one was injured in the incident, but police say it was a very close call.
A ferry approaches a town next to spruce covered mountains

Tenakee Springs reports first COVID-19 case

The casse was reported in a resident of the Chichagof Island community of 150
A white woman in a blue best poses next to a light blue boat with teh name "Axel"

In a down market, Alaska fishermen avert disaster by feeding families in need

A seafood donation program started by a Sitka organization is helping bring some stability to fishermen and consumers during an uncertain time.
An elder Alaska Native man in a red vest smiles while sitting at a table

One-of-a-kind photo collection documents 75 years of life in Angoon

Cyril George, a Tlingit from the Beaver Clan of Angoon, died six years ago, but his 4,000 photos of life in the village will finally be available to the public.
Aerial image of Angoon, Alaska

Anxious for relief, rural municipalities navigate spending rules for CARES Act funds

Alaska communities have the freedom to decide how they want to spend coronavirus relief money, but following the federal guidelines hasn't been easy.
An aerial image of Angoon shows buildings on a small peninsula next to several other inlets.

Angoon reports its first case of COVID-19

The Admiralty Island village of around 450 people has asked residents to “hunker down and avoid contact with anyone outside of their household until further notice.”
An aerial image of Angoon shows buildings on a small peninsula next to several other inlets.

Angoon mayor issues mask order following first coronavirus case in Kake

Following Monday’s news of the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Kake, the neighboring Southeast community of Angoon is now requiring face coverings in most public places.
Stacks of silver canisters and kegss sit around a crowded warehouse along with ladders, tools, and a garage door in the back.

In the middle of a pandemic, brewery opening brings craft beer to Sitka

Another brewery in Sitka closed down last fall after a decade in business.
A woman in a woven hat holds a skin drum in the air as people in hard hats look on.

CARES Act money helps Tribes address affordable housing and homelessness

Congress appropriated $100 million earlier this year to help Tribes cope with housing and sanitation issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID cases climb in small, isolated community of Yakutat

The City and Borough of Yakutat, with a population of around 600, reported four new coronavirus cases over the weekend.

Gil Truitt, Tlingit elder and revered school administrator, dead at 93

Truitt worked at Mount Edgecumbe High School for 30 years.

After dog gets sick, a reminder that Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning isn’t just for humans

A veterinarian said that there have been at least four cases of PSP in dogs since August of last year.

Instead of guiding this summer, seasonal workers are helping with COVID-19 testing at Sitka’s airport

Workers planning on working glamorous jobs guiding in Alaska's have stayed indoors to help with COVID-19 testing.