A helicopter crew from USCG Air Station Sitka hoists 19-year-old Ryan Harris from the blue fish tote in which he had drifted for over 24-hours. Harris was the deckhand aboard the 28-foot fishing vessel Kaitlin Rae, which sank suddenly off of Cape Edgecumbe the afternoon of Friday, September 7, 2012. Neither Harris nor his skipper, Stonie “Mac” Huffman had time to get out a mayday call. Huffan found a survival suit in the debris and managed to climb into it. He was picked up from the beach on Pt. Amelia about 10 miles from where the Kaitlin Rae sank. Harris, in his tote-turned-lifeboat, was spotted by another fishing vessel a few more miles to the north near Eagle Rock.
A Sitka-based seafood processor has cleared the first hurdle toward a major expansion -- in its hometown. The board of Sitka’s Gary Paxton Industrial Park on Wednesday (12-17-14) approved the sale of a significant portion of park waterfront to Silver Bay Seafoods. Plans for a joint venture in a marine services center remain on hold for the time being. more
Sitka library director Robb Farmer leads a double-life: By day a librarian, by night a trained Santa Claus. Farmer discusses his decision to attend Santa School, and his life over the last year assisting the real Santa Claus with his public appearances. Farmer is a 2005 graduate of the Charles W. Howard Santa School. Downloadable audio. more