Steve Ramp, of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Sitka, discusses the free dockside exam program for commercial fishing vessels. Ramp says the voluntary program gives fishermen a “second set of eyes” to look over their equipment, verify it meets federal requirements, and check that it’s in good condition. For more information, call 966-5620.
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USCG dockside exams offer “second set of eyes”
State planners still see a road across Baranof Island as an important part of transportation infrastructure -- though it may take decades to become reality. The Department of Transportation held an open house and informational meeting in Sitka this week (8-20-14) on the latest draft of the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan. And while maintaining and refurbishing the ferry system is high on the list of priorities for the region, major road construction -- both in Juneau and in Sitka -- remains on the books. more
Sitka drivers frustrated by poor road conditions on Halibut Point Road during this summer’s paving project can take heart: It’s going to get better. Al Clough, the Southeast Regional director for the Department of Transportation says that while heavy rains have been a setback, the road will be done -- or a driveable temporary surface in place -- by the end of the paving season a month from now. more