Herring are caught on the water, obviously, but they’re spotted from the air. In addition to the 48 seine boats and dozen or more tenders, the Sitka Sac Roe fishery is notable for the number of aircraft that participate. Tim DeGrazio works in Sitka’s local FAA flight service office. He says that the area over the fishery is uncontrolled air space, and that pilots are not required to obtain special clearances, unless there’s poor visibility. DeGrazio can remember only one occasion when his office has rerouted an inbound Alaska Airlines flight to avoid the herring fishery. This footage was shot by spotter Kevin Knox during the 2014 season opener on March 20, above Starrigavan Bay, looking north into Katlian Bay.
With only two candidates for two open seats, this year's race for Sitka School Board is not competitive -- but that doesn't mean it's not interesting. The board is facing some of its biggest challenges in recent memory. Join us for a live election call-in forum 6:30 PM Tue Sep 30 with candidates Tim Fulton and Tom Conley. more
Since declaring my candidacy, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with and get to know a number of you; I’ve had the opportunity to meet new Sitkans and to become better acquainted with those I already knew; this is the aspect of the campaign I’ve enjoyed the most. more