Repair work to the Herring Cove Trail performed by USFS crews this spring and summer held up well during last weekend’s (Aug 9-10, 2014) deluge. The unseasonably wet storm dumped nearly six inches of rain, sending torrents of water down the falls alongside the trail. Last January after brief thaw an ice dam burst in the snow pack above the trail. The resulting flood, known by the Icelandic term jökulhlaup, was diverted by a fallen tree, blasting the stream out of its channel. Subsequent heavy rains did further damage to short sections of the trail. But thanks to the efforts of spontaneous volunteer workers like Cassidy Foster and Skyler Walk, the rebuilt trail is a little more scenic than the old. The pair lined a short section of trail with a beautiful stone curb.
After a month of discussion, the Sitka Assembly settled on a modest electric rate increase. Residential rates will go up by about 6% in the coming year, to pay for the Blue Lake dam. And when it comes to figuring out how a town of 9,000 pays off a $150-million hydroelectric project, city staff are getting creative. more
The family of a Sitka woman missing for nearly three years is asking the state to issue a death certificate. 33-year old Lael Grant was last seen in a local grocery store in the early morning of October 15, 2012. more