Monthly Archives: July 2009

Inter island ferry plans again delayed

Sitka based marine operator Allen Marine is working with the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska on an effort to develop an inter-island ferry based on a model currently in operation in Southern Southeast Alaska. However that effort has been stalled after the Sitka Assembly, Tuesday night, again postponed a vote to approve a resolution in support of the initiative. KCAW’s Emily Schwing reports.

Bears at Redoubt Lake becoming a nuisance

Officials from the Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are warning visitors to beware of increased brown bear activity at Redoubt Lake, south of Sitka. KCAW’s Emily Schwing reports.

NPS to acquire SJ land for park expansion

The National Park Service has signed an option to buy 3 acres of undeveloped Sheldon Jackson campus property. Sitka National Historical Park superintendent Mary Miller told the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday (7-8-09) that while no deal had yet been struck, the park wanted to acquire the additional property along the Indian River, which many assume is already included in the park. Miller said some SJ tidelands would also help buffer park resources. She suggested that the National Park Service would frown on any development of the SJ Campus that was inconsistent with its status as a historic landmark. Here’s a brief excerpt of her remarks:

Starrigavan gardens are invasive free… for now

Six native plant gardens are now free of invasive species after a two day intensive weeding of the beds. KCAW’s Emily Schwing met with Sandy Russell, manager of the Forest Service gardens at Starrigaven Recreation area to find out more about local invasive weeds.

Southeast summer troll for Chinook closed until August

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Thursday that the first Chinook salmon opening of the general summer commercial troll season will close at midnight on Friday. KCAW’s Emily Schwing reports.

Moratorium on Medicaid applications disrupts state services

Elderly and disabled Alaskans seeking Medicaid coverage for home-based care are going to have to wait. And no one knows how long. Last week, the federal agency that oversees Medicaid, told Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services that they must stop accepting new applications for personal care and home-based services. But what they haven’t clarified is what the department needs to do to get the program started again. KCAW’s Shaleece Haas reports.

Art "liberated" over Fourth weekend

A string of art thefts in Sitka over the holiday weekend left one gallery owner scratching his head and the owners of a yacht wondering where a valuable one of a kind mask went. KCAW’s Emily Schwing reports.

Missing cargo could mean jackpot for beachcombers

A little over a week ago, three cargo containers went overboard on their way through Milbanke Sound, off the coast of British Columbia. Two of the containers are still missing, but the loss could make for some interesting beachcombing. KCAW’s Emily Schwing has more.

Postcard: A sunny Fourth of July

Sitkans celebrating Independence Day this weekend were rewarded with glorious weather. But there were other things to love about the Fourth of July. To watch a SLIDESHOW of the parade, click on this story's title, then on the word "more."

Southeast reacts to Palin's resignation

When Governor Sarah Palin called a press conference in Wasilla on Friday, no one could have predicted she would announce her intention to resign. In Southeast, politicians and residents alike were celebrating the holiday when the news broke. Shaleece Haas spoke with Rep. Peggy Wilson and Sitka residents about their reaction to the governor's surprise announcement.