Month: June 2010

Cameron takes command at Air Station Sitka

Cmdr. Doug Cameron has taken command at Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.
The change of command ceremony took place in the air station’s Japonski Island hangar on Monday (6-28-10).
Cameron comes to Sitka from his last assignment as executive officer of Air Station Astoria. He served in the US Marine Corps for four years prior to attending officer candidate school in the Coast Guard.
District 17 commander Rear Admiral Christopher Colvin oversaw the change of command. Cameron relieves Capt. David Walker at the post.
Air Station Sitka operates three Jayhawk helicopters, covering 12,000 miles of coastline and parts of interior Alaska.
The air station averages 150 rescue missions per year.

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Wilderness surveys shed light on human impact

This summer, as part of an ongoing project to document and preserve wilderness, the Forest Service is sending staff, scientists, and volunteers into the field to collect data.

In the first of a two-part series, KCAW’s Lily Mihalik
accompanied one such crew into the West Chicagof-Yakobi Wilderness.

As it turns out, wilderness is as much about what isn't there, as it is what is.

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Conservation "conscientiousness" key to lower rates?

Whether or not Sitkans have to pay diesel surcharges for electricity in the near future may depend on conservation choices residents make now.
The Sitka Electric Department and the Sitka Conservation Society are collaborating this summer on making electricity conservation part of the town’s culture.

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After fire, Sitkan organizes relief for Elfin Cove

In Elfin Cove, residents continue to clean up after a fire two weeks ago that destroyed a lodge and restaurant. In Sitka, meanwhile, relief efforts are being organized by the restaurant owner’s daughter, who says help is still needed in the community’s rebuilding effort.

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