Hikers Brant Brantman and Brian McNitt (and dog Kel) watch work on the Blue Lake Dam project Wednesday afternoon (2-6-13) from the east side of the gorge. On the other side, a pair of trackhoes prepares a site for a construction crane. The $140-million project will raise the dam 83-feet. Brantman and McNitt report feeling a touch of vertigo just standing this close to the edge of the gorge. It’s a good thing the trackhoe drivers are sitting down!
A pair of Southeast legislators is asking the governor to include Southeast fishermen in Alaska’s request for federal disaster relief under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. more
Ohio-based poet Nikki Zielinski is the artist-in-residence at the Island Institute this October-November. She originally planned to work on poetry revisions while here, but she's been surprised by the beauty of Sitka, the bears wandering our streets, and the way "wildness presses in" on civilization here. Zielinski will host a workshop/reading 6:30 PM November 2 at the Island Institute. Downloadable audio. more