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State, Smithsonian field test deadly D.vex ‘motel’

Ian Davidson, from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, explains how the canvas enclosure will kill D.vex. The eradication testing is being led by the ADF&G biologist Tammy Davis. Tim Sundlov is coordinating the participation of the Bureau of Land Management, which controls the intertidal areas. Other members of the Smithsonian team diving in Sitka are Michelle Marraffini and Greg Ruiz.A multi-agency effort is underway in Sitka to eradicate an invasive sea organism, D.vex,, before it can spread to other parts of the Alaskan coast.

Two more Sitkans charged with meth trafficking

A Sitka grand jury last Friday (5-29-15) indicted 41-year old Jessica Manzanares and 58-year old Abelardo Espeleta on several felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine.

Leaders hold on in Sitka’s ‘richest’ salmon derby

DERBYWINNERSRAWIn spite of great weather and fine fishing, no one was able to top the leader in the second weekend of Sitka’s Salmon Derby. Bert Edenso’s 42.6 pound king remained in first place, winning him $7,500.

North Pacific Council to vote on halibut bycatch limits

Fishermen offload commercially-caught halibut in Juneau. (Flickr photo/Gillphoto)Of the thirty million pounds of halibut caught last year by commercial fishermen statewide, nearly a third was thrown back into the ocean, dead. It was netted accidentally by boats targeting other fish - especially trawlers in the Bering Sea. Now, that may change.

With taxes on the agenda, Assembly meeting heats up

Taxes have dominated the conversation at the Sitka Assembly in recent months. (Photo courtesy of PixabyTaxes have dominated the conversation at the Sitka Assembly recently, as the city struggles to come up with an additional million dollars for schools. This week’s meeting erupted into a heated debate over the issue -- but there were also hints of some long-term solutions.

Sitka’s brand gets wild ‘Raven’ makeover

Full RavenSitka's Convention and Visitor’s Bureau unveiled a new logo and tagline to give potential visitors a snapshot of the diverse history and culture of Sitka in one fell swoop.

Sitka raises water, sewer rates by $6 per month

The Sitka Assembly voted Wednesday night to raise water and wastewater rates. The vote will increase monthly water and sewer bills from $86 to $92.

Postcard: Sitka grads on new journey

The class of 2015 takes in Bob Potrzuski's commencement address.  (KCAW photo/ Vanessa Walker)A new batch of Sitka High School seniors graduated Tuesday (5-26-2015) night. It was a joyous but somber goodbye to their home away from home.

Assembly passes budget with million dollar shortfall

Sitka is still struggling to come up with funding for the School District and Sitka Community Hospital. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)The Sitka Assembly passed a budget for the coming year on first reading last night (5-27-15). But that budget still has a million-dollar hole. The shortfall is significantly larger than expected even a week ago.

Sitka derby leader wouldn’t mind a bigger fish

Derby leader Bert Edenso says his king didn't behave like a big one. "There wasn't much of a battle." (SSA photo/Eric Jordan)The leader in the 60th Annual Sitka Salmon Derby is not resting on his 42.6-pound laurels. In fact, he’s going to go out next weekend looking for a bigger fish.