Month: December 2008

Sitkans take polar plunge

Temperatures in the twenties, and a brisk north wind once again failed to deter more than two-hundred Sitkans from taking the plunge this Saturday (12-20-08) at the annual Polar Dip.
With much skin showing, the enthusiastic herd thundered down the ramp at the UAS campus at high noon, into ocean water of a little over 40 degrees.
Although many dippers submerged entirely, most got wet-to-the-chest, to qualify for a “certificate of temporary insanity” issued by qualified mental health professionals.
KCAW student reporter Caitlin Woolsey has this audio postcard from the day. (To watch a slideshow, select "more," then select "watch slideshow.")

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Tribe wants herring roe quota increased for subsistence harvest

The Fish and Game Advisory Board took comment last night [Thursday] on proposals related to herring in Sitka Sound that will be considered by the Board of Fish in February. One of those proposals from Sitka Tribe of Alaska, to increase the subsistence egg harvest quota levels, was met with considerable discussion

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Anchorage Daily News stops shipping to rural Alaska

The Anchorage Daily News will stop shipping to most Southeast communities later this month. Fairbanks, Juneau, Valdez and Prudhoe Bay will continue getting daily delivery. So will towns where the paper can be trucked. But other communities, including Sitka, who depend on air shipments will have to rely on direct-mail or online subscriptions. For one Sitka Mom, it means the end of a small business.

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Population decline prompt Kuiu marten closure

Both the state and federal governments have shutdown the trapping season for marten on Kuiu Island – indefinitely.
Studies conducted over the last two years indicate that the marten population on Kuiu is now among the lowest in Southeast Alaska. Biologists are concerned that trapping pressure, combined with natural mortality, could lead to even greater declines.

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Historical society seeks funding boost

The Sitka Historical Society has asked the assembly to double its financial support for the organization.
The society’s municipal funding this year is $53-thousand dollars. The Society would like to see that boosted to $120-thousand dollars annually.
Historical Society board members and the assembly met in a work session last Tuesday (12-9-08) to discuss the issue.

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