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DOT details plans for Katlian Bay Road

The Katlian Bay Road would extend for nine miles from the end of Sitka's existing road system. (Image courtesy of DOT)The proposal calls for a nine-mile, single-lane gravel road to connect Sitka’s existing road system to lands owned by the local Native Corporation, Shee Atika.

Herring fishing likely to continue through the weekend

The Deco Bay loads up on herring during the second opening of the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, on Thursday, March 19. (Photo courtesy of Angela Marie Christensen)Sitka’s sac roe herring fleet had its third opening today, but only about five boats went out. The rest sat out the opening, to let processors work through yesterday’s 2900-ton catch.

Ferry rates rising for commercial customers

Three ferries tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in the winter of 2012. Commercial users will likely pay higher rates beginning next winter. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Department of Transportation officials are now considering large fare increases for commercial customers, those moving trucks and container vans via ferry.

Herring fleet takes 2900T in long second opening

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game opened waters north and west of Middle and Crow Islands during the second 2015 herring opener. (Map courtesy of ADF&G)Sitka’s sac roe herring fleet had its second opening on Thursday (3-19-15) -- and it was a long, slow day of fishing for a fleet used to short windows and fast action.

Co-op herring fishery means fewer boats, quiet year in Sitka

Permit-holders listen to ADF&G biologist Dave Gordon lay out how the 2015 herring fishery will work. This year's fishery is being conducted as a co-op, so far fewer fishermen are in town. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is a quieter affair this year, as the fleet conducts its first fully cooperative fishery since the mid-90s. Permit-holders agreed to fish as a co-op because of worries about low prices.

Herring fishery to go on 2-hour notice Wednesday

Seiners in the fourth opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, in 2014. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Fish & Game will hold a meeting for permit-holders and processors at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Westmark Hotel in downtown Sitka. The meeting is open to the public.

Sitka School District lays out potential cuts

Superintendent Mary Wegner (far right) lays out proposals for cutting the Sitka School District budget. The district faces a shorfall of up to $2.7-million. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW) The Sitka School District is facing a shortfall of up to $2.7-million for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Mary Wegner laid out a range of options, from ending the community schools program to laying off as many as nine teachers.

ADF&G gears up for herring season with first aerial surveys

The Department conducted its first aerial survey on Tuesday. Biologists spotted predators, including whales and sea lions, but saw no herring and no herring spawn.

Seven Seas, Clean Seas: Wearable Art 2015

099-IMG_4900At the 7th Annual Wearable Arts Show this past Saturday (3-7-15), sixty models walked the runway. Some donned their own design, while others modeled on behalf of artists and designers unseen. 76-year-old Bill Foster did a disco covered in political brochures, while 7-month-old Noah Apathy was covered in K-cups to recreate the scales of a carp.

Alaska’s GMO labeling bill looks to film for public support

GMOOMGposterA GMO labeling bill has been introduced in the Alaska legislature, and sponsors are now trying to build public support by screening a film around the state.