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Co-op herring fishery means fewer boats, quiet year in Sitka

Permit-holders listen to ADF&G biologist Dave Gordon lay out how the 2015 herring fishery will work. This year's fishery is being conducted as a co-op, so far fewer fishermen are in town. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is a quieter affair this year, as the fleet conducts its first fully cooperative fishery since the mid-90s. Permit-holders agreed to fish as a co-op because of worries about low prices.

Herring fishery to go on 2-hour notice Wednesday

Seiners in the fourth opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, in 2014. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Fish & Game will hold a meeting for permit-holders and processors at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Westmark Hotel in downtown Sitka. The meeting is open to the public.

Sitka School District lays out potential cuts

Superintendent Mary Wegner (far right) lays out proposals for cutting the Sitka School District budget. The district faces a shorfall of up to $2.7-million. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW) The Sitka School District is facing a shortfall of up to $2.7-million for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Mary Wegner laid out a range of options, from ending the community schools program to laying off as many as nine teachers.

ADF&G gears up for herring season with first aerial surveys

The Department conducted its first aerial survey on Tuesday. Biologists spotted predators, including whales and sea lions, but saw no herring and no herring spawn.

Seven Seas, Clean Seas: Wearable Art 2015

099-IMG_4900At the 7th Annual Wearable Arts Show this past Saturday (3-7-15), sixty models walked the runway. Some donned their own design, while others modeled on behalf of artists and designers unseen. 76-year-old Bill Foster did a disco covered in political brochures, while 7-month-old Noah Apathy was covered in K-cups to recreate the scales of a carp.

Alaska’s GMO labeling bill looks to film for public support

GMOOMGposterA GMO labeling bill has been introduced in the Alaska legislature, and sponsors are now trying to build public support by screening a film around the state.

City to propose “steep” electric rate increase

Workers pouring cement at the Blue Lake dam in June, 2014 (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)After an unexpectedly warm winter left the Electric Department $1-million short, Sitkans may be looking at an increase as high as 15- or 20-percent.

State Parks proposes closing offices in Sitka

parkareamapIn the face of serious budget cuts, the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation has proposed scaling back operation of the state parks in Sitka and Valdez. The legislature still has to weigh in, but according to Director Ben Ellis, a tough decision had to be made.

The Ride faces major shortfall

Unless the city steps in, The Ride may have to cut hours or even a full bus line, the Assembly was told.  (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Assembly was told on Tuesday that without city support, the system will likely have to cut hours -- or even a full bus line.

Update: Ferry engine damage could affect Sitka service

The fast ferry Fairweather sails Chatham Strait, between Admiralty and Chichagof islands in 2010. One of its four new engines broke March 7 while sailing Prince William Sound. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)One of the Alaska Marine Highway’s new ferry engines is down. That could affect service in Southeast, including Sitka, and Prince William Sound.