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Sitka herring fleet stands down, will resume search on Saturday

The Sitka sac roe herring fleet stood down at 3:50 PM today (Fri 3-28-14) after a long, frustrating search for a marketable volume of fish — and will try again tomorrow. State biologist Dave Gordon, who oversees the fishery, did not seem too discouraged by the fleet’s inability to locate sufficient herring to open seining. more

Rioux: Good relationships are the best advertising

SCVB director Tonia Rioux. She said that Sitkans rolled out a "not just a red carpet -- but a magic carpet -- for last October's travel industry convention. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

The Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau still relies on ad placements to attract visitors to the community, but it’s also receiving more and more referrals through social media. SCVB director Tonia Rioux told the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that Facebook was now her third largest source for inquiries about the community. There are over 13,000 people following and sharing the SCVB’s posts on Facebook — roughly double the number at the beginning of 2013. more

Tsunami warning test too real?

Thursday morning’s (3-27-14) live test of the state’s Tsunami Warning System went pretty well — except many people didn’t realize it was a test. Most of us are accustomed to hearing the words “This is a test” with the routine monthly broadcasts. This message however, was triggered using so-called “live codes” which broadcast a different message. more

Sitkans remember Alaska’s 1964 earthquake

Sitka resident Larry Calvin was working at the pulp mill during the 1964 earthquake. (KCAW photo/Emily Forman)

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Alaska’s Good Friday Earthquake. The largest impact was felt at the epicenter, but 600 miles away in Sitka it still made a mark. Here are three short stories from people who were living in Sitka in 1964. more

Ceremony at Herring Rock honors seasonal renewal

Andrew Roberts pours water on the Herring Rock, during a ceremony in Sitka Tuesday morning. (KCAW photo/Emily Forman)

Beginning in mid-March in Sitka, there is no escaping the excitement surrounding the commercial sac roe herring fishery. Big seiners from around Southeast raft up in the harbors, waiting for the large masses of herring to school up near shore. But the annual arrival of the herring marks the opening of another important — and just as exciting — season: subsistence. more

Herring Update: Third opening lasts one hour, ten minutes

The seiner Infinite Grace pursing up during the third opening in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery had its third opening today (Wed 3-26-14), concentrated in the waters just south of downtown. The opening lasted one hour and ten minutes, starting at 2:30 p.m. and closing at 3:40 p.m. more

Court: Reinstate Tongass roadless rule exemption

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A federal appeals court issued an opinion saying the roadless rule should not apply to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. more

1964 earthquake devastated villages, Davis captured survivor stories

Nancy Yaw Davis and her husband Bill Davis survived the 1964 Great Alaska earthquake in Anchorage. (KCAW photo/Emily Forman)

Sitka residents Bill Davis and Nancy Yaw Davis lived in Anchorage in 1964. Bill was the chairman of the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group. He headed the civilian rescue effort at the center of the largest earthquake that North America has ever seen. But, he insists that Nancy’s story is more compelling. more

Lady Braves fall just short state basketball title

Renatta Olson, Joallyn Johnson, and Mt. Edgecumbe girls basketball coach Dane Vincent. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

The Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves came within striking distance of the state 3A basketball championship last weekend, but did not quite get there. The Lady Braves lost in the finals to the ACS Lady Lions by four points, 45 – 49. Mt. Edgecumbe coach Dane Vincent and two of his players dropped by our studios and talked about the tournament with KCAW’s Robert Woolsey. more

At assembly, haircuts and huzzahs

A well documented haircut: high school students Salma Zakiyah and Rosie Palof had their heads shaved as part of a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, at Tuesday night's meeting of the Sitka Assembly. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

The Sitka Assembly took time out from their usual business on Tuesday night to recognize local volunteers –and fit in a couple quick haircuts. Mayor Mim McConnell declared Friday, March 28th, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Day, in honor of the charity, which raises money for research into childhood cancers. She also declared April 1st to be Americorps Day. more