Monthly Archives: December 2012

Longliners seek delegation’s support for electronic monitoring

EMdiagramNOLABELS-20110822A major gear group is pushing back against rules set to take effect this January that will put human observers aboard some smaller fishing boats. The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association has enlisted the help of the state’s congressional delegation to try and delay implementation of the observer program for small boats, and to adopt a more efficient electronic monitoring program instead.

Silver Bay to open Bristol Bay plant in ’14

BBay_driftnetters_smSitka-based Silver Bay Seafoods has acquired property in Bristol Bay for a new processing operation there. The company plans to sell shares in the operation to raise the $25-million needed for construction. Beginning in 2014, Silver Bay hopes to process large portions of the Bristol Bay driftnet salmon fishery, and the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery.

Wed Dec 26, 2012

Sitka man dies in car crash trying to elude police. Ketchikan assembly shoots down neighborhood revitalization plan. Juneau residents open dialog on gun control. 'Whistleblowers' combine music and activism at Washington state nuclear site.

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Mon Dec 24, 2012

Mayor, assembly break ground on $90-million dam project. Ketchikan considers 140-lot land sale. Holiday Brass a Sitka tradition for visiting musicians, too.

Fri Dec 21, 2012

Sitka to hold ground-breaking ceremony for Blue Lake Dam expansion today. A plan to improve hatchery king returns near Petersburg moves forward. More details emerge about Alaska-class ferry redesign.

Thu Dec 20, 2012

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Solstice sun

SNHP_tote_feaWhile the Southeastern US was battered by severe Christmas weather, Sitkans enjoyed another day of brief-but-welcome sunlight. This is Mother Earth on Tommy Joseph's Centennial Totem at Sitka National Historical Park. As photographer Hugh Bevan knows, it's one of the best places to catch some late-afternoon rays.

Sitka man dies after car crash

A Sitka man died after crashing his car on Halibut Point Road around 11 p.m. on Sunday. Lane Marlin Robinson, 22, was driving a 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier when he passed a Sitka police officer at high speed on Lake Street.

Top elf says Santa IS ‘Gangnam Style’

Dropping by Sitka on a layover en route to Seoul, South Korea, Polar Chief of Staff J. Twinkle Rovington says Santa has traded toy trains and dolls for K-pop. And yes, Virginia, the Moon Base is real! Pull up a chair, light your favorite cigar, and savor the life of the one-percent north of the Arctic Circle.

Blue Lake begins

IMG_0120The Sitka Assembly and other city officials held a groundbreaking at noon Friday for the Blue Lake dam expansion. Work actually began earlier this month; Friday's event was ceremonial.