Katherine Rose, KCAW - Sitka

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AK: One family’s pirate home is Sitka’s hidden treasure

What if you wanted your home to be more extraordinary, more unusual, more like, say, a pirate ship? One Sitka family has been realizing that vision, slowly turning their home into a shipwrecked, tropical paradise over the last 40 years.

AK: Sludge, scum and grit take toll on Sitka’s aging wastewater facility

Ever wonder what happens when you flush? At Sitka’s wastewater treatment plant, a $10 million dollar revitalization project is in the works for the facility that was built almost 40 years ago.

Sludge, scum and grit take toll on Sitka’s aging wastewater facility

What happens when we flush? Here’s why Sitka officials are pitching a multimillion-dollar revitalization project for the city’s nearly 40-year-old wastewater facility.

Sitka senator opposes Dunleavy’s plan to sell new aquatics center

Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposes selling off a brand-new aquatics center in Sitka. But Sitka Sen. Bert Stedman opposes the idea: “They can sell the pool with me in it when they sell the governor’s mansion with him in it.”

Judge denies Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s request for injunction

A Juneau judge has denied Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s request for an injunction that would have required the Alaska Department of Fish and Game develop new procedures in the weeks leading up to the Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery. 

Microplastics found in Sitka mollusks

Researchers in Sitka have been looking at the impact of microplastics on local shellfish. Their findings illustrate a possible connection between microplastics in butter clams and household laundry.

Sitka police chief asks assembly to raise officer salaries in response to turnover

Concerns over a hostile workplace culture surfaced Tuesday night, during a presentation to the Sitka Assembly calling for higher police wages.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska sues state, claiming mismanagement of herring fishery

A tribal government is filing suit against the state of Alaska, alleging mismanagement of the Sitka sac roe herring fishery.

AK: Sitkans quest for the next great board game

A group of Sitkans decided to take a vacation to an equally cold and rainy place -- Vancouver, B.C. -- for a board game convention. Listen now

Women aim for firearm mastery at Sitka pistol clinic

At the Sitka Sportsmen’s Association indoor shooting range, the fastest-growing user demographic is female. A new pistol clinic is tailored especially for them. Listen now

Sitka Tribe to co-manage interpretation at Sitka National Historical Park

After a year of negotiations, Sitka Tribe of Alaska will partner with the National Parks Service to begin co-management of historical interpretation at the Sitka National Historical Park — the first compacting agreement of its kind in U.S. history. Listen now

Board of Fisheries passes annual black cod limit for sport fishing

The Board of Fish voted to limit the harvest for non-resident sport fishermen to eight sablefish a year throughout the Southeast Alaska area, with a bag limit of four fish per-day.

Board of Fisheries requires daily bag limits for subsistence shrimp harvest

The Alaska Board of Fisheries has decided to limit the amount of shrimp harvested and require a non-commercial household permit for subsistence fishing. This, following a recommendation from the local Sitka Fish and Game Advisory Committee to take emergency action to protect shrimp from overfishing in Hoonah Sound. Listen now

City will not donate funds to St. Michael’s Cathedral for renovation project

Though it was short, with no new business and only four items of unfinished business on the agenda, Tuesday’s  Sitka Assembly meeting was still eventful, with assembly members continuing to debate if they should allocate funds for renovations to St. Michael’s Cathedral. Listen now

When preschoolers meet Pioneers, both benefit

Loneliness and isolation can be a big problem for seniors in Alaska. Many older people are often far away from family members, and kids are far away from their grandparents. In Sitka, the local Pioneer Home for seniors has found a solution for both problems: housing a local preschool right next door.

Mt. Edgecumbe girls smash records at state wrestling tournament

Students from around Alaska gathered in Anchorage this weekend to compete in the state wrestling tournament, hosted by the Alaska School Activities Association. Several of those students, young men and women, are from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka which, in recent years, has built the largest girls wrestling program in Alaska. Listen now

What a change in city code could mean for Sitka’s LGBTQ community

Earlier this fall the Human Rights Campaign gave Sitka and ten other American cities a score of zero on its municipal equality index, because these communities had no legal protection for residents based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Sitka assembly on Tuesday will consider on final reading a sweeping anti-discrimination ordinance. Listen now

Does Sitka’s Baranov statue impress or oppress?

The statue of Alexander Baranov was erected to honor the role of commerce in Sitka’s past, but for many, Baranov and the Russian-American Company are synonymous with colonization and the systematic oppression of Alaska Natives. Listen now

Sitka Tribe of Alaska receives $2 million grant to help domestic violence victims

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has landed over $2 million in federal grant money to aid victims of domestic violence. The money is being awarded in three separate grants and will create five new positions to support women and children in Sitka. Listen now

Suspect in Sitka shooting charged with assault

Sitka police arrested man Saturday evening after a two-hour manhunt for allegedly shooting another man. Nathan Leask, 35, was charged with one felony count of first-degree assault and one misdemeanor count of fourth-degree assault. Listen now