This year's low herring prices changed Sitka's sac roe herring fishery from a free-for-all to a cooperative effort. The reason? Low prices for roe, for starters. And a strong US dollar that makes all American exports more expensive. KCAW looks at how global economic trends translated into a quiet spring in Sitka.
Governor Bill Walker told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce that he’s “a little concerned” about the depth of cuts being proposed by state lawmakers. "My concern now is that with the stroke of a pen we can end programs that have taken decades to create," Walker said.
Alaska’s largest regional Native corporation will distribute $12.9 million this month.
Last Wednesday (4-1-15), eight legislators introduced a bill that would allow Alaskans to donate sport- and subsistence-harvested fish and game to non-profit meal programs. Under House Bill 179, schools, senior centers, and other non-profits could legally serve donated fish and game, such as moose, venison, caribou, and salmon. Alaska law presently bars the sale of such foods.
A caller to the Sitka police department Saturday evening reported a bear encounter on Harbor Mt. Road. A woman said that she and a couple of other hikers had been chased by a bear on the road.
A former Sitka police officer has pleaded guilty to taking big game from a boat, and will pay a $2,000 fine. 49-year old Daryl Rice admitted to the misdemeanor in court last Friday. Rice was fined $2,000 and placed on probation for two years.
Two Village Public Safety Officers graduated from firearm training today (Friday, 4-3-15), becoming the first officers in the 40-year history of the program to be armed.
Sitka Community Hospital is on track to lose just as much money this year as last year, but its new CEO believes this may be rock bottom. Rob Allen spoke to a full house at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday (4-1-15).
Sitka’s Fish-to-Schools program will be one of the featured presentations this week at a regional meeting on sustainable food systems.
The active herring spawn continues to bloom in Sitka Sound. Alaska Department of Fish & Game biologist Dave Gordon recorded 24 nautical miles today (04-02-15). That makes 60 miles of observed spawn since spawning began a week ago on March 25th.