Sitka’s sac roe herring fleet had its second opening on Thursday (3-19-15) -- and it was a long, slow day of fishing for a fleet used to short windows and fast action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At 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.
A 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.
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.
In 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 Sitka Assembly was told on Tuesday that without city support, the system will likely have to cut hours -- or even a full bus line.