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COASST volunteers identify a beached bird in Washington. (COASST photo)
Barbara Blackie is a visiting biologist from Port Angeles, Washington, who will be leading a training session 10 AM – 4 PM Saturday, September, 15, at the Sitka Sound Science Center, for residents wishing to join the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). Attendees are not obligated to participate in the program; those who do, however, will be helping biologists gather baseline data on seabird mortality.
For more information, visit COASST online.
Sometime in August crews working on the Blue Lake hydro project in Sitka will shut off the old penstock from the dam and connect a new one -- work that will leave the town without its drinking water supply for up to four months. In the meantime, the city is returning to its former water plant on the Indian River, but it’s not a matter of turning a few valves. Because of higher drinking water standards, Sitka has rented a temporary filtration plant -- at a cost of about $1-million per month. more
Sitka Fine Arts Camp director Roger Schmidt and development intern Melissa Campbell discuss the camp's Restoration Internship Program. Twenty-six college students from around the country are working to save the former Sheldon Jackson College laundry, aka "Smokestack Building." Learn more about the Save It or Lose It campaign
online. Also, check out a video of the project here. more