Monthly Archives: November 2008

Hames Wellness Center gets lease extension

The Hames Wellness Center will continue to exist, at least for another year. The Sitka City and Borough Assembly approved the motion for a lease extension at last night’s [11/25/08] meeting. Supporters of the Hames Center filled Harrigan Centennial Hall to provide public testimony.

IPHC proposes lower halibut harvest in '09

The International Pacific Halibut Commission has announced another significant reduction in the halibut harvest next year. The cutback will be a heavy blow especially for commercial longliners in Southeast who’ve seen their quotas cut steadily over the last five years. Lower halibut abundance in Southeast waters could also set the stage for another legal battle for charter halibut fishermen opposed to a reduction in the daily bag limit for their clients.

Stevens' office war protestor loses appeal

The Alaska Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Sitka man arrested for an act of civil disobedience in Ted Stevens’ Fairbanks office last year. Don Muller was charged in February of 2007 with criminal trespass after he and several others entered the senator’s office to read the names of the 32-hundred US service people and 6-thousand Iraqi civilians known to have been killed up to that time during the war.

Jessie Norma Jim Health Center renamed in Angoon

A dedication and renaming ceremony was held last Friday, by the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Angoon Community Association. The new clinic honors longtime community health aide practitioner Jessie Norma Jim, who worked in Angoon for over thirty five years.

Sheldon Jackson campus tops "endangered" list

The campus of the former Sheldon Jackson college in Sitka has made the list of the state’s twelve most endangered historic properties. The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation publishes the list annually. The designation came just ahead of a recent decision by the Sitka planning commission to approve a new plat for the campus that leaves most of the National Historic Landmark intact.

Living with bears in Pt. Armstrong

Recently a rogue bear was wreaking havoc in Port Alexander, and it’s not uncommon for bears to hang around in the fall and cause all kinds of mayhem. But just around the corner from PA, at the Port Armstrong hatchery, bears can often outnumber the residents almost three to one during the months of August and September.

Bowhead eyeball dissections shed light on whale's age

One way to determine the approximate age of a bowhead whale is by looking at intrinsic changes to the eye lens nucleus. Sitka high school students recently had a chance to play scientist and do their own eyeball dissections as part of the Sitka Whalefest science in the schools program.

Federal funding, transportation critical to tribal health care

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium hopes the coming change in the nation’s administration will improve the funding picture for tribal health care. SEARHC CEO Roald Helgesen outlined the consortium’s mission, successes, and challenges in a presentation to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday (11-19-08).

Interview: Diabetes can stress caregivers

Grace Katasse Larsen supported her husband for many years as he struggled with insulin-dependent diabetes (Type I). Larsen and Maybelle Filler, grant coordinator for the SEARHC diabetes program, discussed the challenges of diabetes management on KCAW's morning interview.

Port Armstrong hatchery looks forward after low pink return

On rough years when salmon don’t return in large numbers, things can get pretty tight for non-regional non-profit hatcheries. KCAW’s Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock traveled to Port Armstrong recently, to the Armstrong-Keta hatchery, to see how that operation keeps its staff employed—in times like this—when the pinks just didn’t show up.