Monthly Archives: January 2014

In Sitka, Lt. Gov Treadwell talks Senate run

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell stopped in Sitka on Friday, January 24. Treadwell is running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell is seeking the Republican nomination to run against Democrat Mark Begich for the U.S. Senate, in a race that’s drawing nationwide attention. Speaking to KCAW during a stop in Sitka, Treadwell talked public lands, personal privacy, and what, exactly he means by his campaign motto, “bringing decision-making home.” more

Tues Jan 28, 2014

The Sitka Assembly will hear a presentation on potential cuts to the community Ride bus program. A 19 year old man had a run-in with a sea lion at Seafood Producers Cooperation on Saturday. The Sitka Assembly discusses transferring a state-of-the-art Emergency Response Vessel from the Fire Department to the Harbor Department. Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell spoke with KCAW on Friday about public lands, personal privacy, and his campaign motto. more

Reassigned to Harbors, Sitka response boat may see more action

Sitka's ERV is a SAFE Boat design favored by the Coast Guard and other agencies. (Don Kluting photo)

Every year Sitka has its share of maritime emergencies and remote rescue operations. Last December, for example, two hunters were seriously injured in Salisbury Sound when their boat slammed into a cliff in the narrows. And while that and other events often make headlines, you don’t often hear about the state-of-the-art Emergency Response Vessel Sitka has available to render aid. That’s because, in many cases, the $200,000 boat has remained tied up at the dock.
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Sea lion lunges at Sitka fisherman

Sea lions touch noses as one clambers onto a buoy near feeding whales in Sitka Sound. Sea lions follow humpbacks, eating herring stunned or killed during feeding. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld.

A 19 year old Sitka man had a run-in with a sea lion at Seafood Producers Cooperative on Saturday. Alaska State Troopers say the man was sitting on the railing of a fishing vessel when a large bull pounced. The sea lion jumped out of the water and attempted to bite him — on the behind, causing the man to fall forward into the vessel. more

Deserted Island dead(a)head

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You may have seen Dan Gunn behind the counter at the Hames Center working as an Americorp Volunteer for the last six months. But you may not know that Dan is a deadhead and while he’s never seen The Grateful Dead perform live (owing to the fact that he was eight years old when Jerry Garcia passed away) he grew up listening to bootleg tapes and the music stirs his soul. Dan was the castaway on Deserted Island on the 24th of January, 2014. Here is a recording of the show, his list of 10 songs he would choose to have while stranded, perhaps forever, and the one dessert he would have with him, since it is after all a deserted island. more

Young-growth bike shelter aimed at inspiring old-growth preservation

Sitka Conservation Society’s Conservation Solutions Director, Marjorie Hennessy and Executive Director, Andrew Thoms discuss a new young-growth bike shelter. The dedication ceremony is at 3 p.m. on Tuesday (1-28-14). Prior to the ceremony, assembly member Phyllis Hackett will lead a bike ride from totem square to the bike shelter at 2:45 p.m. more

Mon. Jan 27, 2014

Years of detailed research have shaped Baranof island’s goat hunting guidelines; and we now have clues to what the island looked like before there were hunters: mystery ice-age goats. The Sitka School Board selected three finalists for a new superintendent. Keet Gooshi Heen fourth-grader Hunter Lambdin is headed to auditions for NBC’s America’s Got Talent. more

Baranof goat study unlocks clues to island’s paleo past

Phil Mooney track mountain goat migration pattern using orange GPS collars. (photo courtesy of Phil Mooney)

It doesn’t take much to trigger an emergency mountain goat closure on Baranof island. Because of recent population declines, if a hunter shoots one nanny, a large swath of the island may become off-limits. Years of detailed research has shaped today’s goat hunting guidelines — which might seem like a lot of effort considering that only a handful of Sitkans have the stamina to hunt goats. But the process has revealed much more than how to manage the goat population. We now have clues to what Baranof looked like before there were hunters. more

Sitka 4th-grader to audition for America’s Got Talent

9-year-old Hunter Lambdin will travel to Providence, R.I. to audition for America's Got Talent, accompanied by her mother, Stephanie Lambdin, and her brother, Colt.

Most of us take awhile to figure out what we want to do when we grow up. But one Sitka fourth-grader has it all figured out. Hunter Lambdin has been singing pretty much since the day she was born. Now she’s headed to the East Coast, to audition for NBC’s America’s Got Talent — all thanks to a little help from some Sitka friends. more

Search for Sitka superintendent narrowed to three

The Sitka School Board has narrowed its search for a new superintendent down to three. The finalists are: Eddie Campbell, who currently works as a superintendent in Parsons, West Virginia; Joseph Krause, currently a teacher in Larson Bay in the Kodiak School District; and Mary Wegner, the current assistant superintendent of the Sitka School District. more