Monthly Archives: December 2008
With temperatures still in the low-to-mid forties in Sitka, it’s easy to forget that once in a while winter comes much earlier. On December 5th, one year ago today, Sitkan Bill Foster took advantage of clear skies, sunshine, and 23-degree weather to go ice skating on five different lakes around town. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey spoke with Foster about his five-lake skate:
A painting dating back to 1879 has caused a stir at the Sitka Historical Society and Museum. The painting of the USS Jamestown with Sitka in the background may potentially be one of the first oil paintings of Sitka from the post-transfer era.
On the upper end of the technological spectrum, Sitka High School lacks WiFi internet access. On the lower end of that same spectrum, the bathroom soap dispensers often run short. The Sitka High student council and Sitka school board convened in a joint meeting Tuesday (12-2-08) to discuss the pressing issues of the year. The conversation was far reaching and surprisingly candid on topics ranging from perceived racism toward peers at neighboring Mt. Edgecumbe High School, to statewide drug policy.
While the proposed cut in the Southeast commercial halibut catch next season is distressing news for longliners, many subsistence fishermen will also be fishing under tighter restrictions. Late last month (10-24-08), NOAA Fisheries implemented new rules to reduce the amount of subsistence halibut gear in the water by half in some parts of Southeast Alaska.
The Sitka high chapter of Amnesty International spent last evening taping up 240 red cut out paper figures in the high school commons. The display represents the number of youth worldwide between the ages of 15 and 24 who are infected with HIV every hour. Today is the 20th Anniversary of World Aids Day.