Month: June 2011

Looking for solutions to Sitka's sea squirt invasion

Researchers from several state and national organizations have stepped up their efforts to contain an invasive sea squirt that has colonized Sitka’s Whiting Harbor. “D-vex,” as the organism is commonly called, coats both the sea floor and man-made structures in a thick mat that is inhospitable to any life caught below it. An oyster farm in Whiting has been particularly hard hit.

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Rehabbed owl, Lumi, wings north on AK Airlines

Another snow bird is departing Sitka, but this time for a colder climate. Lumi, a snowy owl, was found along the roadside in Yakutat last November. It’s believed she was electrocuted and one of her talons was almost burnt completely off. Early this week, she was released in Barrow- a breeding ground for snowy owls.
KCAW’s Emily Bender joined Lumi’s caregivers at the Alaskan Raptor Center as they were preparing Lumi for the long flight home.

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Blue Lake Hydro expansion survives governor's veto

Considering the recent past, when the previous administration vetoed almost all of Sitka’s capital projects, the community this year will benefit from significant capital spending. Most notably, $28-million dollars budgeted for the Blue Lake Hydro expansion survived.

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Kumbaya! Assembly reconciled over non-profit funding

Sitka non-profits interested in obtaining municipal grant funds will now have an application procedure to follow. The application package was the result of committee work by Mayor Westover, Larry Crews, and Phyllis Hackett. The attitude toward the revised document was a striking contrast to acrimonious debate over the topic two weeks ago.

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Water rate deliberations turn to dioxin testing

Water rates are going up in Sitka: the third annual increase in three years, with two more years of rate hikes planned after that. The Sitka assembly last night (Tue 6-28-11) approved the 14-percent bump after lengthy discussion, much of which was focused on citizen concerns about the quality of the community’s water supply.

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