A seller’s market at Sitka’s industrial park A seller’s market at Sitka’s industrial park

A seller's market at Sitka's industrial park

It’s a seller’s market at Sitka’s Gary Paxton Industrial Park. Although much of the uplands in the former mill site remains on the market, park director Garry White told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (5-20-15) that the waterfront continues to attract suitors. document.createElement('audio'); http://www.kcaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/21SEDA.mp3 Downloadable audio. White says there … more

We’re Number 2! Slayers roll to second-place in state tourney We’re Number 2! Slayers roll to second-place in state tourney

We're Number 2! Slayers roll to second-place in state tourney

According to Newhouse, the Slayers treat each other like family. “We want to be competitive, but competition will never replace fun.” (Michelle Turner photo) It’s official: Sitka has the number-two roller derby team in the state. The Sitka Sound Slayers lost only two games in Alaska’s United We Roll state roller derby tournament held over the weekend (May 16-17) in … more

It’s a sign! It’s a sign!

It's a sign!

Today Seimeen announced that the name of her new Wednesday 2-4 show would be “The Good Vibes Show”. Ten minutes later she opened a package and found this inside! Can’t argue with that! Tune in for two hours of music to make you feel good!

Trooper shoots aggressive brown bear in Starrigavan campground Trooper shoots aggressive brown bear in Starrigavan campground

Trooper shoots aggressive brown bear in Starrigavan campground

Law enforcement officers killed a young brown bear in a Sitka campground over the weekend (5-17-15), after the animal had become aggressive. Alaska Department of Fish & Game biologist Phil Mooney says he and a state trooper and a Forest Service law enforcement officer had been combing the Starrigavan Campground for three days, but were unable to locate the juvenile bear. … more

Book, exhibit recall 1980’s fishing ‘gold rush’ in Sitka Book, exhibit recall 1980’s fishing ‘gold rush’ in Sitka

Book, exhibit recall 1980's fishing 'gold rush' in Sitka

The Lualda’s decks go awash during a halibut opener in Sitka Sound in 1987. (Jana Suchy photo) It may be the next best thing to time travel, for the hook-and-line crowd. An author and photojournalist who worked as a deckhand in Sitka in the 1980s has rediscovered some of her early work, and published it in a new book. http://www.kcaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/15OLDPIX1.mp3 … more

Local News

Arctic adviser: Rigid regs worsen climate change impacts

Craig Fleener, Gov. Walker's Arctic policy adviser, addresses the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society at Juneau's Centennial Hall on Wedensday. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Craig Fleener, the governor's Arctic policy head, says communities could better adjust to climate change if hunting and fishing rules become more flexible. more
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Centennial Hall declared asbestos-free

Harrigan Centennial Hall was re-opened this afternoon (Wed 5-20-15), after an asbestos scare forced an emergency closure on Tuesday. Building Manager Don Kluting said a gray substance was found on spare door and a sample sent to a lab in Washington state, with negative results. more
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With an eye on legislature, Sitka schools move ahead with hires

The Sitka school board wants to develop a more strategic budgeting process in the next couple of years -- assuming the state government is functioning and lawmakers fund education. more
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State News

Museum of the North Rolls Out A New Exhibit: DINOSAURS!

The University of Alaska Museum of the North opens a new exhibit Saturday. “Expedition Alaska: Dinosaurs” gives visitors the opportunity to experience paleontologists quest and what they’re finding in an underexplored region.

For $1B Radar, It’s Clear

The Missile Defense Agency today confirmed Clear Air Station as its preferred location for a new type of radar system, called Long Range Discrimination Radar. The selection of Clear helps solidify Alaska’s role as host to the ground-based mid-course missile defense system, designed primarily to shoot down warheads from North Korea.

49 Voices: Jean Aspen of Homer

This week, we're hearing from Jean Aspen, a writer of wilderness books and a nurse who lives in Homer. Download Audio

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All safe after Sitka tour vessel founders

The St. Michael took the stricken St. Tatiana's passengers aboard. (Flickr photo/Michael Fitzhugh)

69 passengers and 5 crew members are safe after being evacuated from a tour boat Thursday afternoon (5-21-15) in Sitka. more
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Southeast News

Logging restrictions in place for dry weather on Tongass


Officials on the Tongass National Forest are restricting logging activities because of the hot, dry weather and some lightning strikes in the region. The forest has been placed on “Hoot Owl” restrictions, effective Friday, May 22nd. That means some logging work cannot take place during the afternoon and evening. The limitations are in place for the Craig and Thorne Bay districts on Prince of Wales Island along with the Wrangell ranger district. more

Petersburg salmon derby underway Friday


The Petersburg Chamber of Commerce’s 34th annual salmon derby opens Friday, May 22 with over 100 prizes for lucky anglers landing a king salmon during the four-day event. Fishing starts at 7 this morning and is open through 5 p.m. Monday. Event organizers were able to tag two fish this week, good for cash prizes if they’re caught again during the derby. more

Wrangell, Petersburg hospitals share a financial administrator

It can be difficult for rural Alaskan hospitals to recruit experienced financial professionals. That’s why the hospitals in Wrangell and Petersburg are taking a new approach to that challenge by sharing a chief financial officer. more

NPR News

Expats Find Brazil's Reputation For Race-Blindness Is Undone By Reality

Brazil is touted as one of the most racially harmonious places in the world, but people of color who move there say they are surprised at the degree of discrimination they face, based on skin color.

TLC Pulls '19 Kids And Counting' Amid Reports Of Star's Sexual Misconduct As Minor

Reports say Josh Duggar, 27, molested five underage girls in 2002 and 2003. Duggar has apologized, and his family says they have been open about "one of the most difficult times of our lives."

In New Jersey, A Beef Over Pork Roll Sparks Rival Festivals

What is pork roll? As one fan puts it, "It's like Spam meets bacon." And this Saturday, Trenton, N.J., will host not one, but two competing festivals devoted to this Garden State meat delicacy.