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Former police officer fined for wildlife violation

Sitka black-tailed deer in DeGroff Bay. Successful or not, attempting to shoot deer from a boat is a misdemeanor in Game Management Unit 4. (ADF&G photo)A former Sitka police officer has pleaded guilty to taking big game from a boat, and will pay a $2,000 fine. 49-year old Daryl Rice admitted to the misdemeanor in court last Friday. Rice was fined $2,000 and placed on probation for two years.

Sitka grand jury indicts 3 on meth charges

A Sitka grand jury has indicted three men on felony drug charges -- one of them with intent to distribute a significant quantity of methamphetamine.

First two VPSOs graduate from firearm training

Governor Bill Walker (left) and VPSO Michael Gagliano after the governor signed his first bill, establishing Law Enforcement Officer Day. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Two Village Public Safety Officers graduated from firearm training today (Friday, 4-3-15), becoming the first officers in the 40-year history of the program to be armed.

Honoring the man who saved Herring Rock

2015-03-22-35To mark the beginning of the herring egg harvest, members of the Kiks.adi clan gathered on March 22, 2015 to bless Herring Rock. Amid the prayers for safe harvest, the blessing this year was less about the rock and more about the man who fought for it's survival. KCAW's Emily Kwong was at the ceremony and sent this audio postcard.

New hospital CEO hopes to steer from red to black ink

Rob Allen told Chamber members that he's been working on getting up to speed on hospital administration. "I've learned enough to be dangerous," he said. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka Community Hospital is on track to lose just as much money this year as last year, but its new CEO believes this may be rock bottom. Rob Allen spoke to a full house at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday (4-1-15).

Sitka’s fish-to-schools a ‘success story’ at foods conference

Farm&FishSitka’s Fish-to-Schools program will be one of the featured presentations this week at a regional meeting on sustainable food systems.

Map: Herring spawn now at 60 miles

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe active herring spawn continues to bloom in Sitka Sound. Alaska Department of Fish & Game biologist Dave Gordon recorded 24 nautical miles today (04-02-15). That makes 60 miles of observed spawn since spawning began a week ago on March 25th.

Map: ADF&G reports increase in herring spawn this week

1-IMG_9788The herring spawn is in full swing in Sitka Sound. According to Alaska Department Fish and Game Biologist Dave Gordon, 29 nautical miles of active spawn were recorded today (Wed 4-1-15) and 32 miles on Tuesday. Gordon said that Sitka Sound is likely at the peak of it’s spawn volume, with a possible secondary spawn expected around mid-April.

Oil spill origin unknown; Coast Guard says prompt reporting is key

A large, smelly fuel spill in Crescent Harbor caught the attention of passersby yesterday evening. But the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment, which is responsible for investigating fuel spills, have not been able to determine it’s origins.

At town hall, Sitkans talk cannabis myths and mysteries

IMG_8028The city of Sitka hosted it’s second town hall meeting on marijuana Monday night (3-30-15). And while the discussion group was smaller - 30 attendees versus the crowd of 75 at the last town hall - the conversation was more personal, dedicated entirely to how cannabis impacts mental and physical health.