Many Sitkans returned to work the day after Christmas, except for civilian federal employees, who remain on indefinite furlough following last weekend’s government shutdown. The US Forest Service and National Park Service will both be largely unstaffed during the shutdown. The Post Office and uniformed members of the Coast Guard will function as usual.
Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska have carved wood paddles and other works of art using tools and methods developed over thousands of years. But that’s not to say this art form is incompatible with new technology.
A border collie named Luna was killed in 2013 by a massive landslide at the headwaters of Redoubt Lake near Sitka. Luna’s former owner now hopes to officially name the small lake created by slide in honor of his longtime friend, and there’s a chance he’ll succeed.
Absentee voting is available in Alaska through Monday, Nov. 5, but not all registered voters can cast their ballot. Blind and visually impaired voters in need of special machines will have to wait until election day — and that doesn’t sit well with one married couple in Sitka.