Katherine Rose, KCAW - Sitka
The Southeast Alaska town now offers vaccine to teenagers 16 as young as 16 — making Sitka one of the first places in the nation where this has been possible.
School funding is the biggest single expense for the city of Sitka, falling somewhere in the $7 million range most years. Without major cruise ship visits, schools could loose out on a lot of money.
In an unusual move, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game set a large guideline harvest level for the commercial herring fishing in Sitka this spring, on the understanding that the fleet is not likely to hit that mark.
Mt. Edgecumbe High School’s Chohla Moll was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Researchers at the University of Alaska are partnering with communities around the state to figure out if they can detect COVID-19 spread before it shows up in lab tests by testing wastewater for viral particles.
Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka briefly locked down and quarantined around 25 students, after another student at the state-run boarding school tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week.
A sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former police officer against the City of Sitka has settled out of court for over $500,000.
Cities in Alaska have been divided on the question of whether mask mandates are a violation of personal freedom or an effective public health tool.
Scientists reported a strong egg count this year after a disastrous season in 2018. But some tribal members say that the high count doesn't represent other changes in how and where the eggs are.
Details about the patient haven't been released.
Sitka's tribal health-care provider announced that the patient is a resident at a 15-bed long-term care center. All residents of the facility, which houses senior citizens and others in need of long-term care, were tested.
Weak markets and smaller-than-average fish — two factors in the premature closure of last year’s fishery — are being blamed for the move, along with new uncertainty over the spread of coronavirus in China.
The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday for a Sitka man whose empty kayak was discovered overturned the day before in Sitka’s Eastern Channel.
State managers intend to double the commercial harvest level for the Sitka Sound sac roe fishery. Meanwhile, subsistence users are seeing a shrinking spawning window, and fewer eggs on branches.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s latest budget proposal removes the Sheldon Jackson Museum from the asset disposal list and directs just under $400,000 in deferred maintenance money to replace the museum’s roof.
Officials say at least one local bear has done enough damage to warrant an aggressive response.
Last month, Sitka Tribe announced that the park service wasn’t renewing the contract and tribal tour leaders may not return to Sitka National Historical Park next year.
That lake-lurking bear has been particularly active, even destroying property and eating poultry. And it’s not the only one.