Monthly Archives: January 2013

Wed Jan 30, 2013

Twelve apply for municipal attorney vacancy; former city lawyer says the job “Is not as easy as it looks.” JazzFest kicks off this weekend with concerts, workshops open to ticket-holders. Princess Cruises pays fine for accidentally dumping swimming pool water in Glacier Bay. Seymour Canal gillnet herring fishery will target just over 1,000 tons this spring. Skagway, Haines officials suggest the DOT experiment with open-deck ferry before approving changes to Alaska-class project.

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Assembly to screen attorney applicants


Theresa Hillhouse is stepping down in March after more than seven years on the job. Members of the Sitka Assembly will meet Wednesday night to pick finalists to replace her. more

Sitka JazzFest brings headliners to stage this weekend.

Sitka Jazz Festival directors John DePalatis and Mike Kernin talk about this year’s festival lineup, which includes Jeff Collela, Barbara Morrison, and — for the first time — dancer Katherine Kramer. more

Tue Jan 29, 2013

Public, scientists disagree on cruise ship wastewater during Senate Resources Committee hearing. SE halibut fishermen to see small increase in 2013 catch limit, following IPHC winter meeting. McDonald’s to adopt sustainably-harvested fish in all restaurants.

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Public, scientists disagree on cruise ship wastewater


A bill that would relax the wastewater standards placed on cruise ships by Alaska voters is on the fast track in the Senate. The Senate Resources committee took the first public testimony on Senate Bill 29 last Friday (1-25-13). Proponents of the bill advocated for the lower standards, saying that the current law unfairly puts ships under tighter rules than Alaskan communities. The leading opponent of the bill was a marine ecologist, who was dissenting from her colleagues on the science advisory panel that studies cruise ship wastewater. more

U.S. Coast Guard conducting at-sea safety checks


The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Naushon terminated the voyage of a fishing vessel near Sitka on Friday after finding several safety problems on board. The Naushon was on a routine patrol in the area. more

Arts Council looks ahead to March ArtiGras festival

Greater Sitka Arts Council members Jeff Budd and Jen Rogers discuss this year’s ArtiGras Festival. For full details — including an application for the 2013 Wearable Arts Show — visit the Greater Sitka Arts Council online. more

Mon Jan 28, 2013

SEDA report: Economic numbers are up in Sitka compared to two years ago. Sitka legacy fund established under Alaska Community Foundation. Tongass yellow cedar on decline.

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SEDA report: Sitka’s economy turns corner

The economy in Sitka – like the rest of the state – appears to have turned a corner. According to the latest quarterly report Trends published by the Sitka Economic Development Association, income and employment are on the way up. more

Van Hanson’s Top Ten

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Van Hanson is a busy fellow: songwriter, musician, board game designer and creator/director of Sitka’s 48-hour Film Festival. We’re glad that he found time to pick the ten songs that he’d choose to have with him on a deserted island. He also chose his grandma’s strawberry rhubarb pie, but get this – the recipe is secret – so you’ll have to go straight to the source because we can’t post it here. Here are his songs, and the show. more