SHI President Rosita Worl said “the widespread interest in this story indicates to us that the public is as concerned as we are about protecting our cultural heritage.”
The fire marshal says heavy smoke, heat and flames hampered an effort to rescue those trapped upstairs.
On Dec. 21, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges said that over 80% of the correctional center’s inmates had tested positive for COVID-19.
Troopers say local residents have been unable to search for Nicholas Garner, who is still missing, due to a winter storm. Search efforts will resume once the storm clears.
The unstable hillside above Beach Road led to the suspension of the search and rescue efforts and prevented many residents from returning to their homes.
President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act has put Sitka’s plans for a new Coast Guard fast-response cutter on the rocks.
Jury trials remain suspended, and many people have no idea when they will get their day in court. Plus, defense attorneys say their inability to meet with clients put a damper on resolving cases through plea deals.
Hiland Mountain Correctional Center has 109 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday. That’s up from just three cases a week ago.
State geoscientists say the slide area and some homes around it are still considered unsafe — and will likely be inaccessible for months.
Most, but not all of Capital City Fire/Rescue’s career staff signed to get vaccinated. EMS Officer Andrew Pantiskas says the case at the hospital hasn’t changed attitudes much.