Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

DOT details plans for Katlian Bay Road

The Katlian Bay Road would extend for nine miles from the end of Sitka's existing road system. (Image courtesy of DOT)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.

Herring fishing likely to continue through the weekend

The Deco Bay loads up on herring during the second opening of the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, on Thursday, March 19. (Photo courtesy of Angela Marie Christensen)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.

Herring fleet takes 2900T in long second opening

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game opened waters north and west of Middle and Crow Islands during the second 2015 herring opener. (Map courtesy of ADF&G)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.

2015 herring fishery opened Wednesday

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.

Co-op herring fishery means fewer boats, quiet year in Sitka

Permit-holders listen to ADF&G biologist Dave Gordon lay out how the 2015 herring fishery will work. This year's fishery is being conducted as a co-op, so far fewer fishermen are in town. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)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.

First herring opening: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday

ADF&G has announced the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery will have its first opening at 3:30 p.m. today. Fishing will be focused on the west side of Crow Island and likely will not be visible from the Sitka road system.

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.