Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

New Tribal shellfish lab scores a win for early detection

Clam digging is popular throughout coastal Alaska. These clam diggers are working near Sadie Cove, on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. (Flickr photo/Isaac Wedin)There’s been an outbreak of paralytic shellfish poisoning at a popular clamming beach in Sitka -- but no one has become sick. A new lab detected the high levels of toxins, and quickly alerted users.

Firehall seeks volunteers for Incident Management Team

0715firetrucksSitka's Fire Department is looking for volunteers to join its Incident Management Team, to support Search and Rescue or other community emergencies. Volunteer Vicki Vosburg and SAR captain Lance Ewers discuss their plans for training. Downloadable audio.

Mt. Edgecumbe celebrates strength at graduation

IMG_7226Mt. Edgecumbe High School seniors celebrated new beginnings Thursday (5-5-16) at their commencement ceremony in a fully-packed Performing Arts Center. The class of 2016 shared memories, inspirational quotes and baby pictures at the emotional event that also acknowledged retiring superintendent Bill Hutton.

UPDATE: Shellfish advisory continues for Starrigavan Beach

The STA Environmental Research Lab believes that the toxins detected in butter clams at Starrigavan this week may be residual from last summer. A new bloom of alexandrium, which produces the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxin, was recently observed in the area. (Flickr photo/Walter Lin)The STA Environmental Research Lab continues to report unsafe levels of biotoxins in shellfish samples collected at Starrigavan Beach in Sitka.

Power outage caused by regular equipment testing

All of Sitka experienced a brief power outage Thursday morning (5-6-16), that began at approximately 8:08 AM during testing of the back-up diesel generator. The outage lasted for 48 minutes, until the utility department corrected the fault and returned the generator to full service.

Letter prompts dismissal of Sitka’s municipal attorney

Sitka’s municipal attorney Robin Schmid was summarily dismissed Thursday afternoon (5-5-16), after the assembly received a letter from Schmid’s lawyer suggesting that she had been improperly asked to resign.

Drachman to perform in memory of William Stortz

Evan Drachman.Cellist Evan Drachman and SSMF board member Rob Allen discuss this Saturday's Memorial Concert for William Stortz, who died in the Kramer Avenue landslide last August 18. Drachman and Stortz became friends through their mutual love of music and fishing. 7 PM Saturday May 7, Odess Theater, reception to follow. Downloadable audio.

Sealaska finances improve, but losses continue

Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott discusses the regional Native corporation's finances May 2, 2016, during a press briefing in the Sealaska Board Room. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Sealaska just released its 2015 annual report, which illustrates its financial ups and downs. Those affect more than 22,000 shareholders, who receive dividends twice a year.

Property destroyed by slide still taxable

A new home under construction on Sitka's Kramer Avenue was totally obliterated in the slide. A neighboring new home stands unscathed. Four people remain missing . (NOAA/NWS photo, Joel Curtis)A Sitka property wiped out by last year’s deadly landslide is still taxable, at least according to city code.

SeaTech students research whales

IMG_4859 (1)Although graduation is this week, school is not over for some science students at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. The class, known as SeaTech, is headed to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego to present their original research on beluga and narwhal bioacoustics.