Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Herring fishery to go on 2-hour notice Wednesday

Seiners in the fourth opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, in 2014. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Fish & Game will hold a meeting for permit-holders and processors at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Westmark Hotel in downtown Sitka. The meeting is open to the public.

Sitka School District lays out potential cuts

Superintendent Mary Wegner (far right) lays out proposals for cutting the Sitka School District budget. The district faces a shorfall of up to $2.7-million. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW) The Sitka School District is facing a shortfall of up to $2.7-million for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Mary Wegner laid out a range of options, from ending the community schools program to laying off as many as nine teachers.

ADF&G gears up for herring season with first aerial surveys

The Department conducted its first aerial survey on Tuesday. Biologists spotted predators, including whales and sea lions, but saw no herring and no herring spawn.

City to propose “steep” electric rate increase

Workers pouring cement at the Blue Lake dam in June, 2014 (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)After an unexpectedly warm winter left the Electric Department $1-million short, Sitkans may be looking at an increase as high as 15- or 20-percent.

The Ride faces major shortfall

Unless the city steps in, The Ride may have to cut hours or even a full bus line, the Assembly was told.  (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Assembly was told on Tuesday that without city support, the system will likely have to cut hours -- or even a full bus line.

Board of Fish adds mop-up to Southeast king troll season

A troller in Sitka's ANB Harbor. The annual troll closure starts at midnight on Saturday. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Monday (3-2-15) took up a pair of proposals to reshape the king salmon troll season in Southeast Alaska. They rejected one, and adopted the other.

At Board of Fish, a preview of pot vs. longline conflict

A proposal before the Board of Fish would have allowed finfish pots like these to be used in parts of the Southeast black cod fishery. (Photo courtesy of Neptune Marine Products)The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Friday took no action on a set of proposals to allow pots in the Southeast black cod fishery. But the debate previewed a larger fight brewing later this spring, over what kind of gear will be allowed across the entire Gulf of Alaska.

Board of Fish leaves herring status quo intact

The seiner Infinite Grace pursing up during the third opening in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Board of Fish began deliberations Thursday, the fourth day of their meeting in Sitka. But when it came to one of the most contentious issues, Sitka Sound herring, the Board chose to leave the status quo intact.

Mt. Edgecumbe High School cuts off the table

Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe High School has escaped the chopping block -- for now. Lawmakers dropped talk of cuts after hearing it would cost more to educate students in their home districts.

Sitka’s first marijuana law makes it onto the books

Marijuana consumption is now legal in Alaska, but public consumption is prohibited. Sitka's first marijuana ordinance defines what counts as "public." (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)On Tuesday night, Sitka passed one of the first marijuana ordinances in the state. The ordinance passed on the day that marijuana use became legal in Alaska -- and just hours after the state issued its own emergency regulations.