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With fish in the sea, danger of eagles on the runway

ak-birds-2As fishing season moves into full swing, so does the workload of the staff who haze birds off of Sitka’s runway. David Tresham wants to remind Sitkans to practice good etiquette on the water to ensure safe travels in the sky.

Arctic adviser: Rigid regs worsen climate change impacts

Craig Fleener, Gov. Walker's Arctic policy adviser, addresses the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society at Juneau's Centennial Hall on Wedensday. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Craig Fleener, the governor's Arctic policy head, says communities could better adjust to climate change if hunting and fishing rules become more flexible.

Centennial Hall declared asbestos-free

Harrigan Centennial Hall was re-opened this afternoon (Wed 5-20-15), after an asbestos scare forced an emergency closure on Tuesday. Building Manager Don Kluting said a gray substance was found on spare door and a sample sent to a lab in Washington state, with negative results.

We’re Number 2! Slayers roll to second-place in state tourney

According to Newhouse, the Slayers treat each other like family. "We want to be competitive, but competition will never replace fun." (Sitka Sound Slayers photo)Sitka has the number-two roller derby team in the state. The Sitka Sound Slayers lost only two games in the state roller derby tournament over the weekend (May 16-17) -- both to the Rage City Rollergirls from Anchorage.

With an eye on legislature, Sitka schools move ahead with hires

The Sitka school board wants to develop a more strategic budgeting process in the next couple of years -- assuming the state government is functioning and lawmakers fund education.

Two sustain minor injuries in Sitka duplex fire

Sitka fire chief Dave Miller says firefighters used an "interior attack" to quickly put down the blaze. (Danny BigD Delgado photo)Two people were treated for minor injuries after their home caught fire Monday afternoon (5-18-15) in Sitka. Fire chief Dave Miller says heavy smoke was pouring from the house, but the fire was confined to one bedroom.

Trooper shoots aggressive brown bear in Starrigavan campground

This picture of the bear was taken a few days before a trooper killed the animal as it charged. (ADF&G photo)Law enforcement officers killed a young brown bear in a Sitka campground over the weekend, after the animal had become aggressive.

Book, exhibit recall 1980’s fishing ‘gold rush’ in Sitka

The Lualda's decks go awash during a halibut opener in Sitka Sound in 1987. (Jana Suchy photo)It may be the next best thing to time travel, for the hook-and-line crowd. An author and photojournalist who worked as a deckhand in Sitka in the 1980s has rediscovered some of her early work, and published it in a new book.

Feud, courtroom outburst lead to felony charges

A Sitka grand jury has indicted two Sitkans on felony charges, after they allegedly made verbal and physical assaults during child custody proceedings.

Delta touches down in Sitka

3-IMG_1209Look out Alaska Airlines. Delta announced last fall it would begin operating non-stop flights from Seattle to Sitka for the summer season. And at 7:25 last Friday (05-15-15), the first flight landed. Delta also began operating one daily flight from Seattle to Ketchikan. The season will end on September 7th.