Ernest Manewal captured this image of a mountain biker reflected in a tide pool at Sitka National Historical Park, for the photo contest-plus-exhibit Sitkans in Action, which runs through the end of October at the park Visitor Center. There was a tie for second place: Ryan Carpenter’s “Sunset from Totem Trail” and Harriet McClain’s “Walk in the Park 1.” And while the park is a beautiful place to catch a sunset(on the rare autumn day when we see the sun!), it’s a less-than-ideal place to ride. Biking is off-limits on trails, says ranger Becky Latanich, and discouraged on beaches.
Tide pool at sunset
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
Today (09-02-15) , a state team sat down with Sitkans affected by last month’s landslides. Now that Governor Bill Walker has declared a disaster, new lines of relief funds are available for the next 60 days. Six staff with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and one state geologist will be in Sitka for two days, to walk city officials and citizens through the process of procuring disaster aid. more