Monthly Archives: April 2009

Waterston: "The Story You Came to Tell"

Oregon author Ellen Waterston is the Island Institute writer-in-residence for the month of April. She’ll be teaching a writing workshop this Saturday (4-18-09) at the Pioneer Home manager’s house called “The Story You Came to Tell.” KCAW’s Robert Woolsey spoke with Waterston about her writing, and her plans for the workshop:

Tour buses, taxicabs get police oversight

The Sitka police department plans to move tour bus parking off of main street this summer. The Sitka assembly Tuesday night (4-14-09) agreed to allow the department to create bus parking on Harbor Drive, along the sidewalk behind Wells Fargo bank. The assembly also passed on first reading an ordinance giving the Police Chief regulatory authority over taxi permits and rates.

Island recreation cabins provoke assembly debate

The definition of an island recreation cabin will be coming back for another look in two weeks. The assembly last night (Tue 4-14-09) voted down the definition of the structure as proposed by the Sitka planning department. The deliberation was intense, and often confusing. But a later in the meeting, the opposition asked for reconsideration to allow more discussion of the cabins.

Stranded sea lion provides hands on science

Jr. and Sr. Marine Biology Students at Mt. Edgecumbe High School had the opportunity this week (4-8-09) to perform a necropsy on a sea lion that was found floating near Thomsen Harbor. The National Marine Fisheries Service allowed the students to take samples from the animal, for both education and possibly to discover the cause of death.

Hamberg's "Spirit of Alaska Statehood" lands in Sitka

Alaskans got their first look at “The Spirit of Alaska Statehood” today (Thu 4-9-09). The Boeing 737 was painted with a design created by Sitka high school junior Hannah Hamberg for Alaska Airline’s statewide “Paint the Plane” contest. The airline unveiled the plane in Seattle this morning, and then took Hamberg and her family on board for a private flight back to the state. KCAW's Robert Woolsey sends this audio postcard from the plane's reception in Sitka. For a larger image of the plane, click on this story's title, then on the word "more."

Senator Begich holds town hall meeting in Sitka

In his first visit to Sitka since being elected, Senator Mark Begich was peppered with questions from Sitka residents, on everything from health care to management of the Tongass to improved benefits for Veterans.

Postcard: Herring fishery is biology-on-the-fly

Herring season in Southeast Alaska opens with the sac roe fishery each March and April in Sitka Sound. Fifty permit holders this year competed for a near-record harvest worth millions. The fishery is well known for its intensity… but every day biologists work quietly behind the scenes to try and ensure that everything runs smoothly. The biologist in charge of the fishery is Dave Gordon. KCAW student reporter Ben Gordon spent a day with his Dad on the fishery last Tuesday (3-31-09), and sends this audio postcard:

No April Fool: Late spring snows likely for SE

Waking up to fresh snow every morning this time of year feels like an April Fools’ hoax. It might be Nature’s way of playing a prank on anyone who put a snow shovel away too soon, or even worse, started a garden. NOAA weather forecaster Joel Curtis has checked the climate records for Sitka and discovered that a snowy April is no joke. He spoke with KCAW’s Robert Woolsey about what’s going on with the delayed spring:

AYEA wants legislature to fund green energy

Members of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action want the legislature to support renewable energy projects in the state. This week, they hope to present a petition that will get that message across. Photo: Mt. Edgecumbe Senior and Statewide campaign leader Stephanie Thompson.

2009 Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery wraps up

Seiners harvest the last 900 tons left of the 14,508 ton Guideline Harvest Level in just fifteen minutes.