Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

No second king opening for Southeast trollers

A forest of trolling poles in Sitka's ANB harbor, July 2015. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)After just eight days in early July, the summer king salmon season for Southeast trollers is over. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced Friday that there will be no second king opening in August.

NTSB investigates Friday’s plane crash near Juneau

(Creative Commons photo by Matt’ Johnson)Wreckage of a plane that went down Friday afternoon 18 miles west of Juneau was being picked up Sunday for further investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Assembly votes to dissolve Sitka Community Hospital board

Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation)The Sitka Assembly voted this week to dissolve and restructure the board of the city-owned Sitka Community Hospital, in the aftermath of the hospital’s financial crisis this winter.

Assembly tries, again, for alternative to CVB

A screenshot of the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau website. The assembly has voted to dissolve the bureau. (Screenshot June 24, 2015)Sitka will try, again, to find an alternative to the existing Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday directed the city to reach out to local contractors who might take over the CVB's work.

Blue Lake Dam spills, months ahead of schedule

The Blue Lake dam spilled for the first time this weekend, several months ahead of schedule. (Photo courtesy of Lance Ewers).Sitka’s Blue Lake hydro project reached another milestone this weekend, as water began spilling over the lip of the Blue Lake Dam.

King opening to close July 8, after eight days

Sitka's ANB Harbor, home to many local trollers. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Southeast commercial trollers will soon take a break from the king salmon harvest, but the final target this year remains anyone’s guess.

JKT: Budget a ‘fair deal,’ Walker should expand Medicaid

Sitka Democrat Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins speaking about Native language immersion schools.When all is said and done, Alaska’s budget for the coming year is a “fair deal.” That’s the verdict from State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins . KCAW spoke with the lawmaker, who is eager for action on Medicaid expansion and “wonking out,” on a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Southeast trollers frustrated with low king salmon quota

About 70 people gathered in Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall to hear from Dale Kelley, of the Alaska Trollers Association. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Harbors emptied throughout Southeast this week as fishermen headed out for the beginning of the summer troll season. And signs point to a banner year for king salmon -- but Southeast fishermen say they’re not getting their fair share.

Putz won’t run for full assembly term in October

Sitka’s municipal elections are still three months away, but candidates are already deciding whether to run -- or not.

Summer king season to open July 1, but not without protest

Southeast Alaska salmon trollers will open their season on schedule this Wednesday -- but under protest. The state says this year’s quota for Alaska fishermen under the Pacific Salmon treaty is too low.