As of 5:30 PM Thursday (8-20-15) Sitka authorities have lifted the evacuation order for residents of Kramer Avenue south of Jacob Circle. An evacuation order remains in place for residents of Kramer Avenue north of Jacob Circle, and for residents of Jacob Circle itself.
The evacuation order has been lifted for residents of Sand Dollar and Whale Watch drives -- but not for Kramer Avenue or Jacobs Circle. Active debris removal is now underway in the slide zone.
Emergency response crews plan to continue search and recovery operations at the site of the Kramer Avenue landslide today, once it’s determined that the area is safe enough for workers and equipment.
Raven News will broadcast the meeting live, as usual. There is also a livestream available on the city website.
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.