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Possible wounded bear in Starrigavan Valley

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.

Nobody injured in Sawmill Creek Road blaze

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 Assembly chooses smaller electric rate increase

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.

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.