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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.

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.

Reminder: Spring forward!

SpringForwardDaylight Savings Time begins at 2 AM Sunday, March 8, 2015. Time to spring forward!

Power outage UPDATE – 3PM THURS FEB 5

Power went out in Sitka at 2:47 p.m. (2-5-15). The Electric Department reports that a tree is down on Green Lake Road, cutting off power throughout Sitka. Linemen are responding now. The city is hoping to restore service within the hour. We'll post more updates as we have them.

Fault at switchyard cuts power across Sitka

Due to a fault in the Blue Lake switchyard, all of Sitka lost power this afternoon at approximately 1:40 PM. Powerhouse technicians are currently re-energizing the grid, and estimate that electric service will be restored throughout the community by 2:30. Once power is back up, they’ll investigate the cause of the outage.

UPDATE: No Assembly meeting broadcast tonight

KCAW is unable to air its usual live broadcast of the Sitka Assembly this evening, because of technical issues with our remote transmitter. We will post the full audio of the meeting on our website tomorrow and apologize for the inconvenience!

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.

Halibut Pt. Road detour begins Friday

Detour_Map_140604Beginning 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.

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.

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.