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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.

‘Ferocious’ red squirrel to grace legislator’s office

A former biologist, Bill Foster says a stuffed red squirrel would convey an important message in Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins' office. "I'd put a red squirrel against a polar bear any day," says Foster. (Flickr photos/Borderslass, ruby blossom)Sitka Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ office may soon be home to some historic Alaskana -- and much more -- if he can come to terms with a local collector.

Sitkans protest cuts to education and public radio

Jennifer Robinson, of the Sitka Chamber of Commerce and School Board, testified before the Senate Finance Committee along with School Board President Lon Garrison. (Photo courtesy of Gavel to Gavel)During budget testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, residents urged legislators to roll back proposed cuts to K-12 education, the Alaska Marine Highway System, domestic violence prevention, and public broadcasting.

Senators propose cuts to domestic violence prevention

09-IMG_5619Last week (Thursday, 3-26-15), a Senate subcommittee proposed zeroing out all funding for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs across the state. Among the organizations that would be affected is Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) Sitka’s women’s shelter, which also leads prevention programs for teens and kids.

Youth activists march for respectful, non-violent relationships

04-IMG_5596Sitka was one of 170 communities that took to the streets today for the Choose Respect March, a statewide effort to end domestic violence and sexual assault. In a 2012 victimization survey conducted in Sitka, 47% of adult women reported experiencing intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both.

Postcard from Herring Camp: Walking in both worlds

17-IMG_5393As a host of herring arrived in Sitka Sound last week, another school clamored to be out on water. Nineteen students spent their Spring Break at the Knowledge of Herring Camp - a 5-day program that taught students both the cultural and ecological significance of this critical resource.

Sac roe fishery closes after slow and steady week

The Sequel makes a set during the fifth opening of the 2015 sac roe herring fishery, on March 22. (Photo courtesy of Big Dog Fish Company)The 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is over. The fleet reached its quota of about 8700 tons of herring on Wednesday evening (3-25-15), after a full week of slow and steady cooperative fishing.