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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.

State considers B.C. mines as promoters plan visit

2-25-15 Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott sits at his desk, beneath the state seal 1 fullA new Walker-Mallott administration working group is addressing British Columbia's mining boom near its border with Alaska.

Springing into action! New floor installed at Hames

2-IMG_3569After several weeks of waiting and 100+ hours of man power, the Hames Center opened operation of it's new spring floor for gymnastics and silks students.

Individual, commercial fishing interests clash in board testimony

A seiner purses up as a tender pulls alongside to start pumping herring, during the fourth and final opening in the 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Many of the players and stakeholders in Southeast Alaska’s salmon and herring fisheries laid out their positions Tuesday morning (2-24-15), as the Alaska Board of Fisheries opened its spring meeting to public testimony.

Sitka’s first marijuana law makes it onto the books

Marijuana consumption is now legal in Alaska, but public consumption is prohibited. Sitka's first marijuana ordinance defines what counts as "public." (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)On Tuesday night, Sitka passed one of the first marijuana ordinances in the state. The ordinance passed on the day that marijuana use became legal in Alaska -- and just hours after the state issued its own emergency regulations.

Tlingit-Haida Central Council OKs same-sex marriages

2-12-14 THCC PodiumTlingit-Haida’s seven-member governing board voted unanimously to define legal marriage without a gender requirement.