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Southeast trollers frustrated with low king salmon quota

About 70 people gathered in Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall to hear from Dale Kelley, of the Alaska Trollers Association. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Harbors emptied throughout Southeast this week as fishermen headed out for the beginning of the summer troll season. And signs point to a banner year for king salmon -- but Southeast fishermen say they’re not getting their fair share.

Putz won’t run for full assembly term in October

Sitka’s municipal elections are still three months away, but candidates are already deciding whether to run -- or not.

Coast Guard rescues fisherman near Kruzof Island

The Coast Guard hoists a man suffering from stroke-like symptoms from a fishing vessel on the west side of Kruzof Island. Photo courtesy Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a man from a fishing vessel in Gilmer Bay, on the west side of Kruzof Island Monday afternoon (6-29-15). The man was reportedly suffering from stroke-like symptoms.

4th of July to celebrate American innovation

Sitka’s Fourth of July celebration is right around the corner, with some of the same festivities from years past -- and a few surprises.

Summer king season to open July 1, but not without protest

Southeast Alaska salmon trollers will open their season on schedule this Wednesday -- but under protest. The state says this year’s quota for Alaska fishermen under the Pacific Salmon treaty is too low.

Harbor Mountain road open to public again

Harbor Mountain Road in Sitka is open again after a long closure. Starting Friday, 6-26-15, vehicles and pedestrians will have full access to the recreation area and trailhead at the top of the mountain.

Sitkans react to gay marriage ruling

Image courtesy Mel Green/FlickrAlthough same-sex marriage has been legal in Alaska since last October, residents of Sitka and visitors alike had thoughtful reactions to Friday's (6-26-2015) landmark decision by the US Supreme Court.

School board backs administrator job-share, raises pool fees

The Sitka School Board endorsed the hiring of co-assistant superintendents, raised fees at the Blatchley Pool, and accepted the resignation of ailing member Tom Conley.

SAR responds to fourth call in four days

Sitka Search and Rescue responded to yet another call this week -- the fourth in four days. Family members reported two campers who didn’t return on time. The couple were found unhurt, but as KCAW’s Vanessa Walker reports, the summer search and rescue season is officially underway.

Lael Grant declared dead, homicide suspected

An image from the "Help Find Lael Grant" Facebook page, which now has 1,426 followers.A Sitka woman missing for nearly three years has been declared dead. Police are now investigating her disappearance as a homicide.