Month: June 2008

Sitkans break ground for food security garden

The 2008 Sitka Health Summit has placed food security and a local fish market at the top of the list of this year’s priorities.
While an all-community greenhouse is the long-range goal, summit organizers could not let the summer growing season pass by without getting started. Last Saturday (6-28-08) volunteers tilled topsoil and sand into a sunny plot of ground behind the See House of St. Peters Episcopal Church.

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Affordable housing project gets Assembly nod

Most of the shed roofs have been replaced with more “homey” gabled dormers, the stairways and entries are covered, and the Sitka assembly has run out of objections to a proposed affordable housing project at the old city shops.
After four hours of public testimony and deliberation spanning two evenings this week (6-24 & 6-26-08), the assembly approved a 35-percent design concept for the Dana Bay Homes project on Halibut Point Road.

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IPHC's Leaman: Halibut stocks to rebound

Pacific halibut stocks are low right now, the commercial quota and sport harvest guidelines have been cut, but the outlook for the species is promising.
That’s according to Bruce Leaman, the director of the International Pacific Halibut Commission, the scientific and regulatory body which keeps watch over halibut numbers.
Leaman was in Sitka this week (6-25-08) to work with his port sampler, and to meet with halibut fishermen as they landed their catch at local processors.
He stopped by KCAW to talk with Robert Woolsey about the IPHC’s involvement in the charter bag-limit lawsuit, and other important halibut issuesh.

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Assembly approves Silver Bay dock sale

Silver Bay Seafoods is now a land owner in Sitka’s Sawmill Cove Industrial Park.
On a split vote, the Sitka assembly last night (Tue 6-24-08) handed over five acres of industrial waterfront, a dock, warehouse, and bunkhouse to the two-year old start-up company.

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