Monthly Archives: March 2012

Protestors on hand as CG admiral arrives in Sitka

IMG_0508_feaThe group of 10 or so people held signs in the lobby of Sitka’s Rocky Gutierrez Airport. One had the name Ostebo on it, crossed out with a circle and slash. Another said “We support the USCG unlike you.”

Clan conference connects scholars, culture bearers

Cultural anthropologists and authors Nora and Richard Dauenhaeur are among the hundreds of people visiting Sitka this week for "Sharing our Knowledge: Clan Conference 2012." Gerry Hope is the executive director of the conference. The three discuss the conference schedule, Mar 29 - Apr 1, and explain why it is important for researchers to connect with culture bearers, and to invigorate the interest of young people in perpetuating Native culture.

Wed Mar 28, 2012

Assembly will delay action on senior tax exemption until May budget-time. Amendments to Fish Box tax defeated, revenue allocation to remain unchanged. Despite recusal fireworks, Assembly agrees to fund schools by an additional $300,000, if needed. Sitka Tribe protests high herring harvest with regional publicity campaign.

Assembly: A recusal fight, money for schools, senior exemption on hold

christianson feaThe Assembly pledged $300k to Sitka Schools after a heated conversation about whether Thor Christianson could participate in the discussion. The Assembly also postponed dealing with the senior citizen sales tax exemption.

Sitka Tribe’s ads protest herring harvest

IMG_0741-2A series of ads placed in the Sitka Sentinel, the Ketchikan Daily News and the Juneau Empire state that 29,000 tons is roughly equal to 58 million pounds. One of the ads claims that’s enough herring to cover a football field in 20 feet of the silver fish. The ads call the harvest “excessive.”

With 22 days left, legislature focuses on energy

Peggy_smBy the time you read this report we’ll be entering the last 22 days of the session, during which we will be focusing on passage of the bills that we really feel are the most important. The House has passed the Operating Budget, which is our only constitutional duty. Now we’re waiting for the Senate to share the Capital Budget with us, so that we can carefully review and hopefully add to it before adjournment.

Sitka’s MusicFest 2012: 180 students still need housing

SHS Activities director Mike Vieira wraps up basketball, looks ahead to soccer this weekend (vs. Juneau's Crimson bears, beginning Friday afternoon), and baseball, softball, and track in the weeks ahead. In the nearer-future: over 500 students will travel to Sitka for this spring's MusicFest, and 180 remain without housing. To help, call Mike at 966-1956.

Tue Mar 27, 2012

Assembly to consider forward-funding for schools, two high-profile tax issues, when it meets in regular session tonight. Sac roe herring fishery to go on two-hour notice today at 11 AM. Sitka High and Mt. Edgecumbe students unite to raise money for Afghani girls' school. NOAA announces "reverse slot limit" for SE guided fishermen; will be able to retain halibut under 45 inches, or over 68 inches. Youth for Environmental Action hold summit in Juneau.

Sitka high schools to raise money for Afghanistan

juliabolz_feaThe student councils from Sitka High and Mount Edgecumbe High School want to raise nearly $60,000 to benefit a girls’ school in Afghanistan.

Herring fleet to go on 2-hour notice

Two-hour notice means when a fishery is called, officials will give the fleet a minimum of two hours to get into position.