Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

Kabuki Syndrome Talk at Sitka Public Library

Kabuki Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects an estimated 1 in 32,000 births. Join us at Sitka Public Library on Thursday, June 18th at 6:30 p.m. to hear Stephanie Diaz speak about her family’s journey with this little-known disorder. This event is free and open to the public; no registration required. For more information, please contact Margot at 907.747.4028 or email

Assembly Meetings - Agenda, Viewing, and Public Comment

Regular Assembly Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Harrigan Centennial Hall. The agenda and supporting documentation are available at, the Sitka Public Library, or by contacting the Municipal Clerk's Office at City Hall. Public comment on agenda items and “Persons to be heard” is encouraged and welcomed. Citizens may provide comments by email, in person, or by phone. Regular and special Assembly meetings are live-streamed through the City's website and YouTube channel. In addition, regular meetings are aired live on KCAW FM 104.7. To receive Assembly agenda notifications, sign up with GovDelivery on the City’s website.

For more information, visit or contact the Municipal Clerk's Office at 747-1826 or 747-1811.

Assembly Regular Meeting

The Assembly of the City and Borough of Sitka will hold a Regular  Meeting on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. in Harrigan Centennial Hall. The June 25 packet and supporting documentation is available at the following link:|&Search=
Assembly meetings are livestreamed through the City's website at, and YouTube channel.

Vacancies on Municipal Boards, Commissions, Committees

Volunteer positions are available on the following Municipal Boards, Commissions, and Committees: Animal Hearing Board (category-specific seats), Health Needs and Human Services Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Investment Committee, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Police and Fire Commission, and Sustainability Commission. Interested individuals may submit a board application and letter of interest to the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 100 Lincoln Street or Applications are available online at or the Municipal Clerk’s Office. For further information, contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 907-747-1826 or

Police and Fire Commission Meeting

The Police & Fire Commission will meet on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. in Harrigan Centennial Hall. Agenda items include: Approval of May Meeting Minutes and Parking Citation Hearing Board. This meeting is open to the public.

Robotics Mini Camp at the Library Program

Sitka Public Library is offering a free Robotics Mini Camp for youth aged 10 to 13 years-old July 9 to July 12, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The camp will be led by Liam Laybourn, and participants will be learning basic robotics and programming concepts. Free robot kits will be given to each participant. Pre-registration for this program is required, and spots are limited. For more information call 907.747.4020.

Summer Schedule-Preschool Storytime at Sitka Public Library Program

Sitka Public Library’s Preschool Storytime will be offered the following Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at the library’s multipurpose room: June 27, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8 and August 15. The program includes readings, rhymes, songs, and a craft project. Everybody is welcome. For more information call 907.747.4020.

Stay and Play Program at the Library Summer Calendar

Babies, toddlers, and siblings up to five-years-old are invited to the Stay and Play Program at Sitka Public Library. The program will run from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. at the Sitka Public Library's on Tuesday, July 16, July 23, and July 30. This is a self-guided program. Families will have access to a variety of tinkering toys and activities. Materials will be available to use until 4:25 p.m. to allow for clean-up time. For more information call 907.747.4020 or email Maite at

Ground Loading and Unloading for Passengers at the Airport

Starting July 15, the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport will undergo improvements affecting how passengers board and exit planes. For approximately 10 months, until late Spring 2025, passengers will embark and disembark the aircraft from the tarmac using portable stairs or ramps, as the current jet bridge will be out of service. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this timeframe. Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka Airport Terminal Manager with any questions at 907.747.1803 or by emailing

Non-Profit Organizations Annual Grant Funding Applications

Grant applications are available for non-profit organizations to apply for annual funding from the City and Borough of Sitka FY25 General Fund. $45,000 is available for disbursement. Applications are available at City Hall, 100 Lincoln Street, 3rd Floor (Administration Office), and online HERE. Submit completed applications to the Administrator’s Office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2024. Applications received after the time fixed for receipt will not be considered. Applications will be awarded in September at an Assembly Special Meeting. 

For more information, contact Administrative Coordinator, Holley Bayne, at 907.747.1812 or

Final 2024 Public Outcry Auction for Vendor/Outfitter Space at Harrigan Centennial Hall

The City and Borough of Sitka will hold a second and final public outcry auction for obtaining a 2024 Plaza Vendor Space Permit and/or Plaza Outfitter Space Permit in 2024 for commercial operations of tours and excursions in Room 6 of Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive. The auction will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12. 

The application must be filed by Thursday, July 11 at 4:00 p.m. at the office of the Harrigan Centennial Hall Manager. For application and procedures, visit or contact Harrigan Centennial Hall Manager at 907.747.4090.

Blasting in the Granite Creek Area

SECON will continue exploratory mining and blasting operations at the Granite Creek Lease Lots 2 and 3 Quarry beginning Monday, June 3 through Monday, July 1. During this period, blasting activities may occur from the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., as needed.

Please avoid the area and follow all signage. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. Please contact SECON with any questions at 907.738.0763 or the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department at 907.747.1804.

Free Summer Breakfast at Sitka Public Library

Sitka Public Library's free grab-n-go Summer Breakfast program starts every Wednesday, starting June 5, and ending August 7. Youth are welcome to pick up a free bagged snack at the library’s ocean side window. 20 bags are available first come, first served. There is no limitation based on family income or sign up necessary. This program is offered in partnership with Sitka Conservation Society.

For more information call 907.747.4020 or email Maite at

CBS Recycle Center Changes and Simplifications

The City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department announces changes and simplifications for recycling, effective immediately. The CBS Recycle Center, located at 802 Sawmill Creek Road, will now accept #5 plastic in addition to #1 and #2 plastics. All plastics can be comingled in the same container, no separation of these plastics is necessary. Corrugated cardboard and newspapers can now be comingled, no separation is necessary. Glass, aluminum and metal cans, scrap aluminum and other metals are still accepted and must be separated into their labeled containers. 

Please remove items from garbage bags and take non-recyclable items to the Transfer Station, located at 205 Jarvis Street. 

CBS sells recycled items which reduces the cost of solid waste processing. We hope these improvements make it easier for the citizens to recycle and the benefits it provides. 

For further information, please visit the solid waste page under the Public Works Department at or call 907.747.1804.

Leads/Requested/Suspended Operations for Missing Person

Sitka, Alaska – Jedidah Kowchee, 28 years old, 5’ 4”, 155 pounds was last seen leaving AC shopping center on December 13, 2023, at approximately 4:07 p.m. He was wearing a black hat and black jacket, light colored hoodie under his jacket. Tan khaki pants, black running shoes with black and white soles and clear framed glasses. 

Sitka Police Department (SPD), Sitka Fire Department (SFD) Search and Rescue and Sitka Tribe of Alaska (STA) volunteer teams were dispatched and searched during daylight hours on Saturday, December 23 and again on Sunday, December 24 until early afternoon. 

Despite their concerted efforts, Jedidah’s whereabouts remain unknown. A joint effort to locate Jedidah Kowchee, the SPD, SFD Search and Rescue, and STA volunteer teams emphasize the critical need for additional leads from the community.

Anyone having contact or information regarding Jedidah, is asked to contact the Sitka Police Department 907.747.3245 or the anonymous tip line 907.747.8980, or Sitka Fire Department Search and Rescue 907.966.5770, or STA by phone 907.738.7622 or text the keyword AKTIPS followed by your crime tip to 847411. 

Anyone interested in volunteering, please report to Sitka Tribe of Alaska headquarters at 204 Siginaka Way or contact Mary Ferguson at  907.738.9229.

The City and Borough of Sitka’s mission is to provide public services for Sitka that support a livable community for all. Stay connected to the City and Borough of Sitka! Visit us online at; like us on Facebook at; follow us on Instagram @cbsitka; and Twitter @cbsitka; or call Administration, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at 907.747.1812.


Katlian Street Closed to Pedestrian Traffic in the 400 Block

The City and Borough of Sitka opened Katlian Street to two-way vehicle traffic in the 400 block. Pedestrian traffic remains closed. Please use caution and follow all signage.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this timeframe. Please contact the CBS Public Works Department with any questions. 907.747.1804.