Monthly Archives: April 2011

Maple restores Cape Edgecumbe buoy ahead of schedule

The Cape Edgecumbe weather buoy is back in service. The Coast Guard Cutter Maple took advantage of the relatively calm seas and pleasant spring weather two weeks ago (4-17-11) to fix the buoy, rather than waiting for the summertime.

Rural residents comment on redistricting maps

The Alaska Redistricting Board is in the middle of a grueling two-week public hearing process. They’re taking comments on their draft legislative boundary maps they released earlier this month, and other suggested maps submitted by municipalities and interest groups.

Sealaska Redoubt selection could advance

A survey team from the Bureau of Land Management will be in Sitka this summer to plat 11 acres of land selected by Sealaska – land selected by the regional Native corporation 36 years ago. The property is Redoubt Lake falls, one of Sitka’s most heavily-used subsistence fisheries. The possible transfer of public land into corporate hands has a local conservation group -- and the U.S. Forest Service – concerned.

KGH Stream Team protects Cutthroat Creek

Max Johnson, a fifth-grader at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary, examines water samples collected in Cutthroat Creek. The sample at left shows water conditions near the source of the runoff. The samples at right show water conditions after the Stream Team intervened.A major threat to an urban riparian system in Sitka has been removed. A team of researchers conducting a longitudinal study of Cutthroat Creek this winter discovered that hydrocarbons – and possibly other pollutants – were contaminating the waterway and threatening both plants and aquatic organisms. The source? A pile of snow plowed from the parking lot of a nearby elementary school. The scientists? Fifth graders studying the stream during their lunch recess.

Sitka brewery gets city loan worth $282k

Baranof Island Brewing Company, which produces beer on Smith Street in Sitka, came away from the Assembly table with a $282,000 loan on Tuesday night.

Assembly pulls $20k out of Fortress loan

Earlier this month, the Sitka Assembly approved a $100,000 loan for Fortress of the Bear, a bear habitat and tourist attraction that’s been open since 2007. But at its regular meeting last night, the Assembly decided to hold back 20 percent of the money.

Unrelated fire, sinking hit harbor over weekend

It was a busy weekend in Sitka’s Eliason Harbor, where one vessel suffered fire damage just hours before another sank.

Herring roe debate continues at STA council

A debate over who should have the right to harvest subsistence herring roe continued at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s tribal council. The controversy centers around a fishing boat called the Julia Kae, that delivered free roe-on-hemlock to Sitka, Hoonah, Angoon, Kake, Wrangell and Ketchikan.

Extended audio: Ten Tips for marketing with social media

SCVB executive director Tonia Rioux offered these Ten Tips for marketing with social media during her presentation to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday (4-20-11). She drew the information from an article on by Debra Littlejohn Shinder.

New wildlife Tasers protect NOAA whale necropsy team

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has started field trials of a special Taser designed for use on large wildlife. Sitka area management biologist Phil Mooney included the Tasers in a plan to protect NOAA researchers as they conducted a necropsy of a gray whale in Deep Inlet.