Dr. Lucy Vlietstra, is a marine ecologist with the US Coast Guard Academy. During her Scientist in Residency Fellowship at the Sitka Sound Science Center, she’ll be exploring opportunities for creating an academic program for cadets in Sitka. For more information about the SIRF program, visit the Sitka Sound Science Center online.
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USGC marine ecologist explores academic possibilities in Sitka
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