Southeast News

Aggressive bears concern Sitka Police

bearsIt’s not uncommon for bears roam neighborhoods in search of trash, especially in the months leading up to hibernation, but all the usual tricks for keeping Sitka’s bears at bay haven’t been working. Downloadable audio.

Linda Behnken honored by White House as “Champion of Change”

Linda Behnken spoke about the importance of mentorship in the fisheries industry while at the White House. Photo from a White House video.Behnken was one of 12 people the White House honored as “Champions of Change” in seafood sustainability. The Obama White House created the Champions of Change awards as part of the president’s “Win the future” initiative.

Yakutat ANB leader calls for more youth involvement

Yakutat ANB Camp President Devlin Anderstrom delivers the keynote speech Wednesday at the Alaska State Brotherhood and Sisterhood Grand Camp Convention in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The ANB-ANS convention's 19-year-old keynote speaker praised efforts to support and expand Native rights and culture. But he said they need to grow.

Canoe steaming carries on Tlingit and Haida tradition

Jerrod Galanin gets help lowering a basket of hot lava rocks into the canoe.  (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell)Earlier this week the skies over Eagle Beach in Sitka were filled with smoke and steam, as a carving team worked to transform a cedar dugout into an elegant, seaworthy canoe.

Bear sighting forces temporary park closure

A sow and her twin cubs scout a creek bed near Sitka for pink salmon. (Hugh Bevan photo)Sitka National Historical Park's trails were closed for about an hour while park staff and the police responded. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also tried to locate the bear.

Kennicott ferry fills in while Columbia is repaired

The M/V Columbia, recently re-powered, is not one of the three ships which could possibly be retired soon. (Flickr/Gillfoto)Alaska’s largest ferry will be down for repairs longer than expected. Another ship will fill in, but it’s smaller and some travelers will have to make other arrangements.

Forest Service adds to Admiralty Island wilderness

Logged lands at the head of Lake Kathleen, on Admiralty Island, are among those Shee Atiká has sold to the Forest Service to add to its Kootznoowoo Wilderness Area. (Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.)About 4,500 acres of heavily-logged forest will return to wilderness under a deal involving the federal government and a Southeast Alaska Native corporation.

Three apply for school board vacancy

Brent Edwards, Jennifer Carter and Dionne Brady-Howard have applied to fill a vacancy on the Sitka School Board.

Sitka’s hospitals consider integrating operations

Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation)A consultant’s plan recommends Sitka Community Hospital combine operations with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

School district takes on poor attendance

The Sitka School Board met Tuesday (9-20-16) at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School to discuss absenteeism.Sitka’s School District is beginning a new effort to target absenteeism.