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While campers study, parents savor the art of Mexican cooking

Fernando Pizzaro teaches a traditional Mexican cooking class at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. (KCAW photo/ Vanessa Walker)The Sitka Fine Arts Camp is taking adult education in a slightly new direction. For years, the camp has offered summer sessions for students and put together adult programs on the side.

Cameras to remedy observer problems in Alaska?

The EM cameras on the Magia, Steven Rhoads' 55-foot longliner, are mounted on an outrigger boom. "I would pay to have electronic monitoring every day, rather than be selected to carry a human observer," Rhoads told the council. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Smaller boats in Alaska’s offshore fisheries may no longer have to carry human observers in the future, if a NPFMC plan to deploy cameras proves feasible.

Sitka man found dead in Thomsen Harbor

A 52-year-old Sitka man was found dead in Thomsen Harbor Monday morning (6-8-15).

With seconds to spare, Coast Guard rescues crew of Kupreanof

Four people are safe after their fishing tender sank off Cape Fairweather early Wednesday morning (6-10-15). A helicopter from Air Station Sitka hoisted the crew of the 80-foot tender Kupreanof, just as the vessel rolled and sank in six-foot seas near Lituya Bay.

With cuts and hikes, Sitka passes a (mostly) balanced budget

The Sitka Assembly approved a combination of budget cuts and tax hikes Tuesday night, bringing the city within spitting distance of a balanced budget for 2016.

Lady Wolves make it 5 in 6 years

Photo courtesy Sitka High School Facebook page

The Sitka High Lady Wolves are now resting on their laurels, after their championship win against the Ketchikan Lady Kings in Fairbanks over the weekend.

But Saturday’s success was not a simple matter for Sitka. The Lady Wolves had lost … more

Council cuts Bering Sea halibut bycatch limits, but critics say it’s not enough

ADF&G Commissioner Sam Cotten speaks, while other council members, including Bill Tweit of Washington (right) look on. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)After several days of emotional testimony, the council voted on Sunday afternoon (5-7-15) to reduce limits on halibut bycatch in the Bering Sea -- by 21-percent overall. But halibut fishermen in the Bering Sea say the cut isn’t big enough to save their communities.

North Pacific Council cuts bycatch caps

The Council voted Sunday evening to lower caps on halibut bycatch in the Bering Sea -- by 21-percent overall. But Bering Sea halibut fishermen say the cut isn’t big enough to save their communities.

Panel hears emotional testimony on halibut bycatch

Simeon Swetsov, Jr., left, the mayor of St. Paul in the Pribilof Islands, choked up as he testified before the NPFMC advisory panel. Beside him is Mateo Paz-Soldan. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Emotions are running high as the North Pacific Fishery Management Council considers a proposal to reduce halibut bycatch in the Bering Sea. The council got a preview of public sentiment during testimony before its advisory panel this week.

Tribal Sports to introduce teens to the world of business

A Baden-made basketball bearing the Tribal Sports logo on display at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Community House on 6-3-2015.Sometime soon the baseballs and basketballs used at schools around Alaska may bear the name of Tribal Sports. That’s a new brand created by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and Baden Sports, a Seattle-based sports equipment manufacturing company. The joint venture was announced this month in Sitka (6-3-15).