Month: December 2013

Rescuers recommend prevention techniques

The holiday festivities are almost over. Now it’s time to enjoy all that Christmas loot. In Sitka, some of the most prized Christmas toys aid in outdoor exploration. But with these toys, comes great responsibility. Search and Rescue captain Don Kluting and Air Station Sitka operations officer Pete Melnick had these words of warning for Sitkans eager to hit the trails.

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Tue Dec 31, 2013

It’s our annual year-in-review. 2013 began with an earthquake, and the wild ride never quite ended. A dog in Yakutat fell into a well, some prominent Sitkans fell into even hotter water, a record fishing season and industrial activity paired with federal budget sequestration made for interesting economic times: there was struggle, human loss and tragedy, and an epic story of survival and escape from a landslide.

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Sitka in 2013: Shaking earth, falling mountain

In Sitka, the earth moved under our feet in January — like everywhere else in Southeast — but one couple in particular will probably be choosing their campsites pretty carefully from now on. 2013 started with an earthquake, and the wild ride never quite ended. An amazing fishing season plus a surge in industrial activity pushed the regional economy to new highs, but not everyone cashed in — especially those affected by federal budget cuts. Here’s a look back at some of the top local news stories of the year.

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Mon Dec 30, 2013

The state appeals court on Friday reinstated charges of excessive fishing against former state senator and two others. Researchers met in Juneau to discuss what Southeast Alaska might look like in 70 years given weather trends.

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