Month: May 2008

Takatz hydro key to Sitka's energy future?

The Takatz Lake hydro project is back on the table for Sitka.
The Sitka assembly met Wednesday evening (5-21-08) to discuss next year’s budget for the electrical department, but it may as well have been the first meeting of a local, sustainable energy task force.
The discussion of the day-to-day costs of operating the electric utility took a back seat to planning for the day when Sitka is almost completely powered by electricity.

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House candidates outline views in Petersburg

The declared candidates for the House District 2 seat currently held by Peggy Wilson met for the first time together in an on-air forum last week in Petersburg.
The forum, hosted by public radio station KFSK, was part of the community’s Little Norway Festival.
Robert Woolsey prepared this look at some of the issues the candidates addressed during the program.

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New book adds Tlingit perspective to historic Sitka battles

Two of Southeast Alaska’s leading cultural historians, Richard and Nora Marks Dauenhauer, have published a new book about the battle for Sitka.
The book documents the events leading up to the battles of 1802 and 1804, which took place at sites now known as “Old Sitka” (in Starrigavan Bay) and Sitka National Historical Park.
The little-understood episode was last major conflict between North American Natives and a colonizing European power.

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New technique may save released rockfish

Scientists in the lower 48 say they’ve found a way to help increase the survival of released rockfish. It’s called re-compression, and it could mean the difference between life and death for innumerable fish. Two researchers recently presented their findings to sport and charter fishermen in Sitka. They, and at least one Sitka scientist, hope the technique will catch on in Alaska. The presentation was co-sponsored by the Alaska Conservation Foundation, the Sitka Conservation Society, and the Sitka Marine Stewardship Roundtable.

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Sitkans press AMHS officials for improved winter schedule

Representatives from Sitka went into a full-court press to try and win better ferry service for the community next winter, but received little in the way of assurances from state marine transportation officials.
The department of transportation held a one-and-a-half hour teleconference this morning (Thu 5-15-08) on the proposed 2008 fall/winter schedule for Southeast Alaska. Testimony from Sitka dominated the proceedings.

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