The Coast Guard is asking local boat owners to check their vessels after a spate of sinkings this fall. The F/V Skeeter was hauled out of the water on Friday, after it sank at its mooring in Eliason Harbor in early November. It is one of five boats that have gone down in area harbors since August.
In the back of most Sitkans’ mind is this question: When the big wave comes, will my house be under water? Researchers at the Alaska Earthquake Information Center have an answer, of sorts. This month, they released a new map outlining which parts of Sitka would be affected by a major tsunami.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Sitka and Port Alexander, in effect until 6am Thursday. The forecast calls for 7 to 11 inches of snow Wednesday night, turning into rain on Thursday.
A Coast Guard helicopter rescued two hunters on Saturday after their skiff overturned near Sitka Point. The skiff apparently capsized after one of the two stepped out onto shore. A second man was left in the water, and managed to climb on top of the overturned boat. Coast Guard crew members filmed the rescue. To watch the video, click here:
Search officials confirmed that the body of 19-year-old Scott Falzerano, Jr., was located this morning at about 9:25 AM, near the Indian River Trail. Falzerano’s family reported him missing on Tuesday, and teams had searched the Indian River Valley for the past three days.
The state of Alaska is offering free flu vaccinations for anyone whose insurance doesn’t cover it. The decision is part of a statewide effort to encourage more people to go get vaccinated.
Search and rescue officials have no new leads in the disappearance of 19-year-old Scott Falzerano, Jr., who was reported missing on Tuesday morning. He was last seen by friends on Monday afternoon near the cemetery on Sawmill Creek Road.
Sitka teams cleaned up at the third Southeast Drama, Debate and Forensics tournament, which was held this past weekend in Wrangell. Listen to an extended interview with Sitka DDF coach Stefanie Ask, and students Celia Lubin, Annemarie Pike, and Owen Fulton.
An underground cable failure left parts of Sitka without electricity for several hours on Saturday morning.
While most of the city’s electricity runs through overhead wires, Sitka’s downtown core is served by high-voltage underground cables. Those are subject to occasional failures, said Sitka Utilities Director Christopher Brewton.
Sitka has been named one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in America.