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Artist pursues identity, sustainability in hunt for sea otters

Sitkan Peter Williams is an artist who makes a variety of garments and craft objects from the hides and fur of seals and sea otters — marine mammals that he hunts himself. But Williams did not grow up hunting. He discovered it as an adult, and discovered himself as he learned how to hunt. In order for Williams to expand his business and career, he’d like to sell work outside the state. In fact, he’d like to enter the fur trade on the Eastern seaboard.  Subscribe in a reader

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Revitalize Sitka mixes community and commerce

Improvements to downtown Sitka have been discussed before, usually in the context of cruise ship tourism. But cruise tourism has been on a ten-year decline in Sitka, and the conversation about downtown revitalization this time may have more to do with community than commerce. Retailer Melissa Danville and landscape architect Monique Anderson are both involved in Revitalize Sitka.
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Kreiss-Tomkins: From campus to state house

Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins was elected to the Alaska Legislature in November though the election wasn’t settled finally until early December. Since then, the 23-year old has been working to build the relationships he’ll need to represent the new district, both as a freshman legislator, and as a member of the Democratic minority. Every politician has a first day in office; for Kreiss-Tomkins, it’s also the first day of his professional career.
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As the Gurdy Turns

Ron Rau has been trolling in Southeast Alaska for thirty-five years. He started in a sixteen-foot skiff near Wrangell, when literally anyone could become a hand-troller for the price of a $50-permit. Over the course of his fishing career, Rau often published articles in the Alaska Fisherman’s Journal. He’s now collected those essays in a new book called As the Gurdy Turns.
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