Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Sitka herring forecast lowest in a decade

A seiner purses up as a tender pulls alongside to start pumping herring, during the fourth and final opening in the 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Alaska Department of Fish & Game, which released its preliminary harvest level for the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery. The preliminary harvest level is just over 8,700 tons. That would be the lowest level since 2003. And it’s about half of last year’s target.

With four more burglaries, week’s total is ten

Callers reported possible burglaries on Observatory Street, Kincaid Street, Edgecumbe Drive and Halibut Point Road. That brings the total number of burglaries reported this week to ten.

Obama highlights Sitka Schools on technology

Obama ConnectED SpeechThe Sitka School District got a major shout-out from President Barack Obama on Wednesday. Sitka Schools Superintendent Mary Wegner was in Washington D.C. for a White House summit on technology and education.

Delta will start flying to Sitka

An Alaska Airlines jet touches down in Sitka. Both runway approaches are over ocean. (Flickr photo/Pat Groves)Alaska Airlines is about to get some competition in Sitka: Delta Airlines announced on Wednesday that it is launching daily, nonstop flights between Sitka and Seattle, beginning May 15, 2015.

Tongass Advisory Committee meets in Sitka

Part of the Tongass National Forest, on mainland between Wrangell and Petersburg, is seen in this view from an airplane. A Senate measure calls for the state to take over some Tongass timberlands. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Representatives from across Southeast and the country will meet in Sitka this week to hash out timber issues on the Tongass, as the U.S. Forest Service tries to switch its focus from old-growth logging to harvesting smaller, younger trees.

Southeast communities speak out on B.C. mines

Oxidized rock colors a valley where one of Seabridge Gold’s KSM project’s open pit mines will be dug. (Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News)Critics worry the mines could affect salmon habitat. Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg, Tenakee Springs and Port Alexander have passed resolutions or written to Alaska’s congressional delegation, asking the U.S. government to intervene.

Assembly debates long-term planning commission

The strategic planning commission was originally created to help guide the assembly on major decisions, like how Sitka will fund city services as state and federal aid declines. But so far, it hasn’t quite gotten off the ground.

Assembly honors Sitka veterans

Veterans -- including city staff and two assembly members -- stood to be honored as Mayor Mim McConnell read a proclamation for Veterans Day. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Assembly began its meeting Monday night by issuing a proclamation honoring Veterans Day.

A Veterans Day reflection

The Sitka National Cemetary on Veterans Day, 2014. (photo by Mike Hicks)Sitka's National Cemetery is older than Veterans Day itself. While the cemetery was established in the late 1800s, Veterans Day began as Armistice Day in 1919, marking the end of hostilities in WWI, "the war to end all wars."

A whale of a good time

From left, Kammie Daniels, Cara Brenton and Ted Howard perform Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay. (photo by Mike Hicks)Sitkans and visitors alike packed the seats in Harrigan Centennial Hall on Friday night for the Maritime Grind, which accompanied this year's Whalefest. Kammie Daniels, Cara Brenton and Ted Howard rocked the house with their rendition of Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay.