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Board of Fish adds mop-up to Southeast king troll season

A troller in Sitka's ANB Harbor. The annual troll closure starts at midnight on Saturday. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Monday (3-2-15) took up a pair of proposals to reshape the king salmon troll season in Southeast Alaska. They rejected one, and adopted the other.

Lady Wolves down but not out in Region V tourney

The Sitka Lady Wolves take a timeout during Region V Tournament play in Ketchikan (KCAW photo/Ingrid Olney-Miller)The Sitka Lady Wolves dropped the first game of the Region V Basketball Tournament in Ketchikan on Tuesday (3-3-15), but they still have a chance to advance.

Squeezed by deficit, Sitka school board considers staff cuts

In 2014 Blatchley Middle School won a 4-star ranking under the Alaska School Performance Index -- an assessment method which has since been replaced. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Staff cuts next year may be a foregone conclusion, as the Sitka School Board wrestles with an uncertain financial future. But board president Lon Garrison says, "We are not going to slash and burn."

Drones don’t fly at Alaska’s Board of Fish

Not all drones are alike. This unmanned aircraft -- now banned by the Board -- is just large enough to carry a camera. (Flickr photo/Don McCullough)The Alaska Board of Fisheries closed some waters near Angoon to purse seining in order to improve subsistence harvests, in action over the weekend (3-1-15). They also shot down the use of unmanned aircraft to aid in salmon fishing.

Improbable archaeology: Stone tool found in Sitka landslide

150228_handmaul2_woolseyA devastating landslide near Sitka last year has produced an improbable discovery: evidence of early human occupation.

At Board of Fish, a preview of pot vs. longline conflict

A proposal before the Board of Fish would have allowed finfish pots like these to be used in parts of the Southeast black cod fishery. (Photo courtesy of Neptune Marine Products)The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Friday took no action on a set of proposals to allow pots in the Southeast black cod fishery. But the debate previewed a larger fight brewing later this spring, over what kind of gear will be allowed across the entire Gulf of Alaska.

Board of Fish leaves herring status quo intact

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 Board of Fish began deliberations Thursday, the fourth day of their meeting in Sitka. But when it came to one of the most contentious issues, Sitka Sound herring, the Board chose to leave the status quo intact.

Bomb squad to investigate Sitka Firehall ‘donation’

Sitka Fire Chief Dave Miller says the device looks like "something you'd see on the television news." (SVFD photo)The Sitka Fire Department has taken an apparent explosive device under its protection, until military ordnance experts can investigate.

Lowly no more, chum salmon center stage in allocation dispute

Chum salmon, which develop distinctive striping as the reach spawning maturity, have increased steadily in value over the last decade. (Flickr photo/Watershed Watch)Southeast trollers want a larger share of hatchery-produced chum salmon. Trollers on Wednesday (2-25-15) asked the Board of Fish for more access to this increasingly valuable species.

Mt. Edgecumbe High School cuts off the table

Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe High School has escaped the chopping block -- for now. Lawmakers dropped talk of cuts after hearing it would cost more to educate students in their home districts.