Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Polar Dip is back!

A one-year hiatus in the event did not chill enthusiasm for running nearly naked into the ocean with a group of like-minded people, and one or two Labrador retrievers. About 150 dippers turned out under clear, sunny skies, with the air temperature at around 30 degrees Fahrenheit. This year’s event was organized by the Sitka High National Honor Society.

Coast Guard rescues five from sinking vessel

A Coast Guard helicopter rescued all five people from aboard a Petersburg-based vessel that was sinking in the vicinity of Whitney Island, off Cape Fanshaw, about 40 miles north of Petersburg Saturday morning (12-18-10). All five people aboard the 34-foot, wooden vessel Sandy M. had abandoned ship. All were wearing survival suits.

Credit union COO to serve two years for embezzlement

A former credit union manager in Sitka will serve two years in prison for embezzlement. Vicki Weidenhof was convicted earlier this year for skimming over $187,000 in operational money from the ALPS Federal Credit Union in Sitka. US District Court Judge John Sedwick handed down the sentence this morning (Fri 12-17-10) in Anchorage.

2011 Sitka herring quota tops 19,000 tons

Herring fishermen in Sitka next spring will target their highest quota ever. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today (Thu 12-16-10) the guideline harvest level for the 2011 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is 19,490 tons. This GHL is based on a 20% harvest rate of the forecast biomass of over 97,000 tons of mature herring.

Robinson Meyer named to head Sitka Chamber

The Sitka Chamber of Commerce has named Jennifer Robinson Meyer as its new executive director. Robinson Meyer succeeds Sheila Finkenbinder, who will become a legislative aide to Representative Peggy Wilson beginning in January.

Coast Guard wind turbine powers up student engineers

Wind power has arrived in Sitka. Mt. Edgecumbe High School and the US Coast Guard have collaborated on the installation of a wind turbine on the Sitka Channel alongside the cutter Maple. The project has been seven months in the making. It is the third turbine in Alaska installed under the national Wind for Schools program run by the US Department of Energy.

Non-profit gym in the works for Sitka?

A non-profit gym could be in the works for Sitka. That news came during last (Tuesday) night’s meeting of the Sitka Assembly.

City to continue contract with lobbyist

Sitka will continue to use the services of lobbyist Larry Markley. The Assembly voted during its regular meeting last night to spend $10,000 for Markley to represent city interests to state and federal legislators. But some Assembly members questioned whether that was money well-spent, and asked city administrator Jim Dinley to research other lobbyists to be considered next year.

Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe wrestlers take four titles

Sitka schools were a force to be reckoned with at the state 3A wrestling tournament in Nikiski over the weekend. And not just Sitka -- Southeast wrestlers took state titles in eight of fourteen weight classes. Mt. Edgecumbe High School alone produced three champions – a new record for the school – and Sitka had its first champion in eight years.

Commentary: Things you may not know about FASD

Gayle Young is the coordinator of the FASD diagnostic team at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. SEARHC will host a free community presentation on FASDs entitled "FASD and Our Community -- Hopeful Outcomes for All of Us" on Thu Jan 6 from 7-9 PM at Harrigan Centennial Hall.