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HPR detour in effect Tuesday

Drivers on Halibut Point Road should be prepared for detours Tuesday, because of road work. Starting at 8 a.m. Halibut Point Road will be closed to outbound traffic from the roundabout to Kashevaroff Street. Drivers will be routed along Lake Street to Edgecumbe Drive. The detour will be in effect until Wednesday morning. more

Halibut Pt. Road detour begins Friday

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Beginning this Friday, June 6, traffic on Halibut Point Road will be limited to one inbound lane between Sea Mart and the roundabout. All outbound traffic will be detoured around Swan Lake to Edgecumbe Drive and Cascade Creek Road. The detour may change, depending on where paving is occurring. Access to businesses and residences along Halibut Point Road during construction will be from the inbound lane only. more

Robidou Trial: Defense tests the credibility of lead witness

A former Blatchley Middle School teacher spent the morning under intense cross examination from the defense attorney for Joe Robidou, the woman’s one-time boss accused of sexually assaulting her and two colleagues. Attorney Julie Willoughby asked the witness to review the alleged assaults in intimate detail, testing her credibility, particularly around an evening in January 2013 when Robidou visited her at home. more

Defense: Robidou ‘a cad, not a criminal’

The defense opened it case this morning in the trial of former Blatchley Middle School principal Joe Robidou, accused of sexual assault against three female teachers in his building. Defense attorney Julie Willoughby described a wild, alcohol-fuelled party culture among the staff at the middle school, with Robidou and his accusers at the front-and-center of it. “They partied like rock stars,” Willoughby said. more

Robidou Trial: Opening arguments set for 2 PM

After a day-and-a-half of work, a jury has been seated in the trial of Joe Robidou, a former Sitka school administrator charged with sexual assault. Between them, prosecutor Jean Seaton and defense attorney Julie Willoughby exhausted almost all of their peremptory challenges of potential jurors. The attorneys were not required to explain their reasons for excusing jurors. Each attorney was allowed up to 11 so-called “pre-empts.” more

No jury yet in trial of former principal

There’s no jury yet in the case of a former Sitka school administrator charged with sexual assault. Jury selection bogged down today (Mon 5-12-14) when 20 of the first 24 prospective jurors said they knew the defendant, former Blatchley Middle School Principal Joe Robidou, as well as the three women teachers in his building he is alleged to have assaulted. more

Robidou jurors interviewed in chambers

Jury selection is underway in the trial of a former Sitka school administrator charged with 10 counts of sexual assault. But it could take a while to empanel 14 impartial residents Of the two dozen potential jurors interview by Superior Court Judge David George this morning (5-12-14), only four were not acquainted with the defendant, Joe Robidou, who resigned as principal of Blatchley Middle School in Sitka early last year. more

Herring Update: Fishing at 2:30PM in Eastern Channel

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game released this map, showing where fishing is allowed in today's herring opening. (Map courtesy of ADF&G)

There will be herring fishing today near the south end of Sitka’s road system, ADF&G has announced. Fish & Game biologist Dave Gordon said the fishery will aim to harvest about 3,000 tons. more

Herring fishing possible today; no opening called yet

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game said in their 11 a.m. update that a significant volume of herring has moved into the closure area, a stretch of water near town that is out of bounds to the commercial fishery, to protect subsistence use. Fish & Game biologist Dave Gordon said he wasn’t discounting the possibility of a fishery south of town, where large schools of fish were found yesterday, but he wanted to give it more time “to find a body of fish that might provide a better fishery for everybody.” more

Second herring opening today in Starrigavan, Katlian bays

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game released this map, showing the boundaries of Thurday's herring season opener. Sunday's second opening will be within the same boundaries. Fishing was restricted to Starrigavan and Katlian bays, north of Sitka. (Map courtesy ADF&G)

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has announced that there will be a second opening in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, around 1:30 p.m. today (Sun 3-23-14). Sunday’s fishery will take place within the same boundaries as Thursday’s season opener, in Starrigavan and Katlian bays. more