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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.

Climate change, subsistence on Native group’s agenda

NAFWSThe Native American Fish and Wildlife Society meets in Juneau May 20-22. Tribal experts will discuss climate change, subsistence and Arctic policy.

Despite high costs, Sitkans optimistic about the future

Sitka's Crescent Harbor is one of many recent capital projects. Moderator Thad Poulson said, "Sitka's infrastructure is first-rate." But there were still serious concerns that Sitka was too expensive for young families. (Flickr photo/Kool Kats)How bad are things in Sitka? For a group of about 30 Sitkans who turned out for a town hall meeting to discuss the community’s future, the mood was optimistic.

In pursuit of other lives in ‘This is How it Really Sounds’

ThisIsHowItReallySoundsJuneau novelist Stuart Archer Cohen writes about the intersections of people’s lives, and the realities we create for ourselves. Nevertheless, his latest book is an action-packed, jet-setting thriller that takes off and lands in Alaska.

Thirsty California a potential market for bulk water

30-IMG_1053With a contract deadline looming that could terminate its exclusive rights, Alaska Bulk Water hopes to deliver on long awaited promises to ship tankers of water and to make California its first customer.

Assembly approves lease-to-sell deal at Gary Paxton Industrial Park

Selling off the park is within the GPIP board's mission: “Unlike other property owned by the 
municipality, the former Alaska Pulp Corporation mill site was acquired not for governmental 
purposes from the state or federal government, but for economic development and disposal."  (GPIP photo)The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday voted to approve a longterm lease at the city's former pulp mill site with Pat Glaab of Alaska & Pacific Packing, or APP - despite a protest from the site's neighbor, processor Silver Bay Seafoods.

Assembly postpones action on tobacco and summer sales tax

The Sitka Assembly voted this week to raise Sitka’s sales tax cap, but they postponed two other proposals -- one to double the tobacco tax, and another to raise the summer sales tax.

Under proposed budget, state parks offices to close

1-IMG_1074At a meeting of the Parks Citizen Advisory Board in Sitka yesterday morning (Tue 5-12-15), regional directors outlined their plan to find new management for the area parks and if no one steps forward, to put the parks into “passive management.” All seven state parks, including Castle Hill and Halibut Point Recreation area, will be affected.