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A timeless prank turns 40

Despite his reputation as a prankster, Porky Bickar was civic-minded. He alerted local authorities to the prank -- with the notable exception of the Coast Guard, which sent a plane from Juneau.

The Museum of Hoaxes puts it at number 16 on the list of Top 100 April Fools Hoaxes of All-Time. The Eruption of the Mt. Edgecumbe Volcano was staged in Sitka 40 years ago today, on April 1, 1974. The prank was orchestrated by Porky Bickar and a group of co-conspirators known as the “Dirty Dozen,” using a helicopter and two sling loads of old tires. This story is from our archives. It was originally produced in 2009 on the 35th anniversary of the prank. more

Juneau healthier than Sitka? Don’t make us laugh!

During a break in the legislature, Juneau residents take the air in Cope Park.

A study released last week by the University of Wisconsin concluded that Sitka is the second-healthiest community in the state of Alaska — behind Juneau.The results of the study were a shot in the arm to Juneau which, frankly, seems a little more sedentary and bureaucratic than Sitka. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey spoke with Cindy Edwards, director of the Hames Center, to learn what can be done to put Sitka on top. more

Learning about herring, inside and out

Sixth graders Abby Saiz and Cora Dow dissect their specimen during Knowledge of Herring Camp, on March 21. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

This year, the Sitka Tribe, Sitka School District and Sitka National Historical Park launched what they hope become a new March tradition: herring camp. During spring break, about fifteen students, in 5th grade through high school, participated in a week of research into herring biology and ecology, along the way learning a little something about what goes on inside this iconic spring fish. more

Sitka herring fleet stands down, will resume search on Saturday

The Sitka sac roe herring fleet stood down at 3:50 PM today (Fri 3-28-14) after a long, frustrating search for a marketable volume of fish — and will try again tomorrow. State biologist Dave Gordon, who oversees the fishery, did not seem too discouraged by the fleet’s inability to locate sufficient herring to open seining. more

Tsunami warning test too real?

Thursday morning’s (3-27-14) live test of the state’s Tsunami Warning System went pretty well — except many people didn’t realize it was a test. Most of us are accustomed to hearing the words “This is a test” with the routine monthly broadcasts. This message however, was triggered using so-called “live codes” which broadcast a different message. more

Ceremony at Herring Rock honors seasonal renewal

Andrew Roberts pours water on the Herring Rock, during a ceremony in Sitka Tuesday morning. (KCAW photo/Emily Forman)

Beginning in mid-March in Sitka, there is no escaping the excitement surrounding the commercial sac roe herring fishery. Big seiners from around Southeast raft up in the harbors, waiting for the large masses of herring to school up near shore. But the annual arrival of the herring marks the opening of another important — and just as exciting — season: subsistence. more

Herring Update: Third opening lasts one hour, ten minutes

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 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery had its third opening today (Wed 3-26-14), concentrated in the waters just south of downtown. The opening lasted one hour and ten minutes, starting at 2:30 p.m. and closing at 3:40 p.m. more

Court: Reinstate Tongass roadless rule exemption

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A federal appeals court issued an opinion saying the roadless rule should not apply to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. more

At assembly, haircuts and huzzahs

A well documented haircut: high school students Salma Zakiyah and Rosie Palof had their heads shaved as part of a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, at Tuesday night's meeting of the Sitka Assembly. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

The Sitka Assembly took time out from their usual business on Tuesday night to recognize local volunteers –and fit in a couple quick haircuts. Mayor Mim McConnell declared Friday, March 28th, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Day, in honor of the charity, which raises money for research into childhood cancers. She also declared April 1st to be Americorps Day. more

When disaster struck Allen took care of what he could

Bob Allen (right) was on a fishing boat near Kodak during Alaska's 1964 earthquake. Allen brother Jack (left) was a State Trooper in Anchorage.

Bob Allen is known around Southeast now for his his family shipbuilding and cruise business, Allen Marine. But five decades ago, he was fishing south of Kodiak Island far from his family when disaster struck. Allen says when you can’t take care of your own, you take care of what you can. more