Two Village Public Safety Officers graduated from firearm training today (Friday, 4-3-15), becoming the first officers in the 40-year history of the program to be armed.
During budget testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, residents urged legislators to roll back proposed cuts to K-12 education, the Alaska Marine Highway System, domestic violence prevention, and public broadcasting.
The 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is over. The fleet reached its quota of about 8700 tons of herring on Wednesday evening (3-25-15), after a full week of slow and steady cooperative fishing.
The Sitka Assembly voted down a proposed electric rate increase at its meeting Tuesday night. But that doesn’t mean rates aren’t going up. The real question isn’t whether rates will rise, but by how much. And city staff have found some creative ways to soften the impact.
The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is just 900 tons away from its harvest target for the season.
The proposal calls for a nine-mile, single-lane gravel road to connect Sitka’s existing road system to lands owned by the local Native Corporation, Shee Atika.
Sitka’s sac roe herring fleet had its third opening today, but only about five boats went out. The rest sat out the opening, to let processors work through yesterday’s 2900-ton catch.
Sitka’s sac roe herring fleet had its second opening on Thursday (3-19-15) -- and it was a long, slow day of fishing for a fleet used to short windows and fast action.
Fish & Game opened up an area west of Crow and Gagarin Islands, with much of the fishing effort due west of Bieli Rock. The opening was more relaxed than usual, because the fleet is fishing as a co-op.
The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is a quieter affair this year, as the fleet conducts its first fully cooperative fishery since the mid-90s. Permit-holders agreed to fish as a co-op because of worries about low prices.