Amid high staff turnover and an uncertain future, Sitka Community Hospital is suspending all surgeries at the end of this month. The new policy will go into effect the same day the city will unveil a draft of their merger proposal.
Gov. Dunleavy’s proposed budget does away with about 25% of K-12 funding and cuts the University of Alaska system’s funding by 41%. Sitka School District’s superintendent says, “If implemented, it will decimate public education in Alaska.”
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.