Sitka police are warning the public about a possible wounded bear in the Starrigavan area. A Sitka man reported that a bear had chased his dog near the boardwalk, and then charged him. He fired a handgun at it.
The Sitka Fire Department responded Tuesday afternoon (5-5-15) to a blaze at a house on Sawmill Creek Road. Fire Chief Dave Miller said the fire damaged about a third of the home’s upper story. Nobody was injured. Even the family dog survived.
Sitka’s electric rates are going up, but not as much as they might have. The Sitka Assembly on Monday chose the smaller of two potential rate hikes, by a vote of 4 to 3. A household using about 1000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month will see their electric bill go up by about $8 a month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!