Month: April 2009

Goodbye SJC: Final graduation brings loss of accreditation

Sheldon Jackson College has graduated its last students.
The 130-year old Sitka institution closed its doors in 2007, but a handful of students were able to complete their degrees through an arrangement with the University of Alaska.
The success is bittersweet. With no more students and no more programs, Alaska’s oldest educational institution is officially gone.

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Comment period opened on charter halibut permits

The Secretary of Commerce is taking public comment on a proposed rule that would establish a limited-entry system for the guided sport halibut fleet in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska. The rule was published today (Tue 4-21-09) in the Federal Register. If approved by the Secretary, it will create a permit system for halibut charter boats similar to limited entry permits already in place for Alaska’ commercial fisheries.

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Nat'l economic crisis boon to SE economy?

With some notable exceptions, the economy of Southeast Alaska may have improved over the last year.
In a presentation to the Sitka Economic Development Association on Thursday (4-16-09) Juneau economist Eric McDowell said that the national economic downturn has kept more people living – and working – in Southeast.

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BKD infection thwarts NSRAA's coho hatchery plans

A naturally-occurring bacterial infection has delayed the opening of a new coho hatchery in Sitka.
The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association – or NSRAA – says efforts to collect broodstock from a lake on southern Baranof Island have been stymied by the high incidence of bacterial kidney disease.
It’s meant a two-year setback for the highly-anticipated project.

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Seiner Julia Kae continues tradition of sharing herring eggs

The seiner Alice H was instrumental in helping gather and distribute herring eggs when it was owned by Sonny Enloe. Sonny passed on and Steve Demmert bought the boat, named it the Julia Kae, and continues Sonny's legacy, harvesting eggs and distributing them to villages in the region.

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