In safe hands
Members of the Alaska Department of Public Safety released eagles at the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka on Saturday (3-31-12) in honor of the governor’s “Choose Respect” initiative. An audience of around 100 gathered on the center’s boardwalk trail to watch the four birds return to the wild. “Barry” was recovered in Sitka, suffering from two deep, infected wounds of unknown cause.
“Sweet Kakes” fell out of a nest in Kake last spring. The rehabilitated one-year old was released by Elizabeth, to celebrate her recovery as a victim of domestic violence.
Yesterday evening (09-01-15), a wooden seiner ran aground in the vicinity of the Twins Island, roughly 0.5 to 0.75 nm off the mouth of Indian River. The F/V Pacific Venture later sunk. Marine Safety Detachment Sitka estimates 5 gallons of diesel fuel was released in that grounding. more
On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment, but that the incident is ongoing and total recovery costs are unknown. According to Gorman, the cost of emergency response alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars. Individual assistance and family grants are also available, at a cap of $16,450 per household. more