SE kings head north in search of cooler waters

St. Matthew Island sits just north of the 60th Parallel. Like Sitka's St. Lazaria, St. Matthew is  part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge system.Some king salmon reared in Southeast are heading north as ocean temperatures rise. Biologists told the Alaska Board of Fisheries Monday (2-23-15) that Taku River kings have been found near St. Matthew Island in the Bering Sea.

Board of Fish meeting opens Monday in Sitka

The Alaska State Board of Fisheries opens a ten-day meeting in Sitka this morning (Mon 2-23-15). On the agenda for the board are 107 proposals for changes in management to Southeast Alaska’s herring, salmon, and groundfish fisheries.

Sullivan: Energy an ‘instrument of American power’

Sen. Dan Sullivan chats with Chamber board member and Baranof Island Brewery Co. owner Suzan Hess. Sullivan told Sitka's business community that the key to paying down the national debt was "growing the economy." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sen. Dan Sullivan says Washington is working again, after last November’s Republican takeover. But he isn’t quite ready to back his senior colleague, Lisa Murkowski, as she faces a possible conservative challenge from the right in her next election.

‘Wired Wolves’ go hands-off in Robotics competition

1-150220_SHS_Robotics_woolsey-500x442A dedicated team of Sitka students is competing in Anchorage this weekend (February 20 - 21). The “Wired Wolves” are headed to their first state championship -- in Robotics.

Tongass transition plan may run short on timber

2-17-15 CROPPED Fisherman Kirk Hardcastle and Juneau Assemblymember Kate Troll review a report during the Tongass Advisory Committee meeting Feb. 17 in Juneau.A new forecast says current plans for logging younger Tongass trees will not provide enough wood to maintain the region’s timber industry. But a more aggressive approach might.

In committee: Mt. Edgecumbe a choice in public education

Mt. Edgecumbe students Candace Schaak and Jerry Active cheer for the Braves during the Region V Basketball tournament in 2010. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)Mt. Edgecumbe High School went under the microscope for the second time in two weeks, as legislators look for ways to reduce state spending.

Discovery Week: Marching alongside the spirit of Elizabeth Peratrovich

01-IMG_6934Elizabeth Peratrovich attended Sheldon Jackson School as a teenager in Sitka and on Monday (2-16-15)-- not far from campus -- a parade marched from Crescent Harbor Shelter to ANB Hall in her honor. As part of Discover Your Potential Week at Blatchley Middle School, students in the radio class interviewed marchers at the starting line.

Sitka board urges state to maintain Mt. Edgecumbe HS funding

The Mt. Edgecumbe class of 2012. (Photo Chris Todd/KCAW)The Sitka School District has gone on record in support of continued funding for Mt. Edgecumbe High School, but has no interest in taking the institution off of the state’s hands.

State budget cuts threaten local jails

Sitka Police Officer Noah Shepard serves coffee to inmates in Sitka's jail, while supervisor Dave Nelson looks on. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Police departments across the state have been taken aback by a Department of Corrections proposal to end funding for local jails. Sitka is one of several local departments who say the cuts are so deep, it could force their jail to close.

Alaska House committee tussles over MEHS funding

Mt. Edgecumbe gym 1The battle over education funding in Alaska this year may have an unexpected casualty. This Tuesday (2-10-15), the House Education Finance Subcommittee began a conversation about ongoing state funding for Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.