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 By Sitka Sentinel    News    May 8, 2024

Sitka Tlingit clan houses listed among endangered historic places

A neighborhood of historic Sitka houses on Katlian and Kaagwaantaan streets, the Sitka Tlingit Clan Houses, has been selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for inclusion in the 2024 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic P...

 

Jan. 11 earthquake south of Sitka registers 5.9 magnitude

An earthquake jolted some Sitka residents awake Thursday night, Jan. 11, but no damage was reported and no tsunami occurred. The Alaska Earthquake Center at Fairbanks said the magnitude 5.9 earthquake occurred at 10:46 p.m. on the seafloor 50 miles s...

 
 By Sitka Sentinel    News    January 3, 2024

Sitka gives $300 to residents for tourism inconvenience

Sitkans received a $300 credit on their December utility bills after the city assembly voted to share some of the higher-than-expected sales tax revenues with the public. The assembly voted to spend just over $1 million on the program, distributing...

 
 By Sitka Sentinel    News    July 19, 2023

Southeast commercial king salmon harvest closed July 12

The Southeast Alaska commercial troll fishery closed to the retention of chinook salmon at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 12. That’s when the Alaska Department of Fish and Game expected that the target of 77,100 chinook for the summer’s first ret...

 
 By Sitka Sentinel    News    June 14, 2023

Investigation continues into deadly Sitka charter boat accident

The U.S. Coast Guard investigation is continuing into the May 28 charter fishing boat accident near Sitka that left four people dead and one still missing and presumed dead. The body of the Sitka-based boat captain was recovered June 8, leaving only...

 

Justice Department election monitors visit Sitka as part of nationwide check

The U.S. Department of Justice dispatched officials to 64 election jurisdictions in 24 states to ensure compliance with federal voting rights laws in last week’s midterm elections — including Sitka, Bethel, Dillingham and the Kusilvak Census Are...

 

Peak budworm infestation eats its way through Southeast forest

Look around Southeast and you will see a lot of evergreen trees that aren't so green. Southeast Alaska's hemlock and spruce trees are fending off an assault by a number of pests and diseases, most...

 
 By Sitka Sentinel    News    June 29, 2022

Sitka water takes second place in national contest

Sitka’s drinking water won second place in a national competition this month at the American Water Works Association’s annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. The panel of judges rated Sitka’s water second only to WaterOne, a Kansas public utili...

 
 By Sitka Sentinel    News    April 20, 2022

Tug grounding near Sitka spilled 5,300 gallons of diesel

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has determined that about 5,300 gallons of diesel spilled from the March 21 grounding of a tugboat in Neva Strait, near Sitka. The agency calculated that about 700 gallons were recovered by surface...

 

Sitka offers grants for businesses that open restrooms for tourists

As part of its plan to accommodate a large increase in cruise ship visitors this summer, Sitka is offering grants of $1,000 or more to businesses and other entities that will open their bathrooms to the public. The community is expecting ships with...

 

Southeast again debates Tongass roadless rule

After 20 years, Southeast communities, the state and federal government are still debating whether road building should be banned in most of the Tongass National Forest. The Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments through Jan. 24 on a...

 

Alaska bear, Fortress celebrate their tenth birthdays

SITKA – Fortress of the Bear celebrated two milestones in July the 10th birthday of Killisnoo, its very first bear cub, and the sanctuary's 10th year in operation. At his birthday party, Killisnoo w...

 

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