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.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Friday took no action on a set of proposals to allow pots in the Southeast black cod fishery. But the debate previewed a larger fight brewing later this spring, over what kind of gear will be allowed across the entire Gulf of Alaska. more
Jan Lovett, co-director of the Sitka Youth Orchestra, shares some of the program for the 14th Annual Concert (7PM Mon Mar 2, Sitka Performing Arts Center, donations accepted). Lovett calls herself a "Mozart girl," and this year's program will feature that composer, among others. Downloadable audio. more