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Small fish, active spawning close down Sitka’s sac roe harvest

The Deco Bay loads up on herring during the second opening of the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, on Thursday, March 19. (Photo courtesy of Angela Marie Christensen)For the third time in a half dozen years, Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery has closed far short of the target harvest level.

Sitka rallies for respect

IMG_4782 (1)High school students and community members rallied at a local “Choose Respect” march through downtown Sitka on Thursday (3-24-16). The goal of this march, and others held across the state, was to bring awareness to Alaska’s high rates of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Fire at UAS destroys office


Fire at UAS. (Photo courtesy of Al Stevens)

An office at the University of Alaska Southeast caught fire Thursday night (3-24-16), destroying the room and causing smoke damage to the rest of the building.

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Bernie wins by landslide at Sitka Democratic caucus

IMG_4136Bernie Sanders swept the democratic primary caucus in Sitka on Saturday, with 77% of the crowd voting in his favor.

No fishery, as herring seiners begin to talk co-op

Seiners in ANB Harbor during the 2015 herring season. A controlled fishery meant fewer boats in town. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)The sac roe herring fishery remained closed today (03-25-16), as the Alaska Department of Fish & Game found no schools. To meet this year’s guideline harvest level, 4,970 remain on the table.

Marine Highway delivers more than it costs, researcher says

The ferry Taku sails into Juneau’s Auke Bay terminal. It’s tied up for the year, affecting Ketchikan seafood processors who transport their fish to Prince Rupert, British Columbia. (Photo by LCGS Russ/Wikimedia Commons)The state of Alaska gets a 133-percent return on its investment in the marine highway system, according to the McDowell Group, and independent research firm based in Juneau.

Are you ready to Rock? Dark horse caucuses in Sitka

160325_DeLaFuente_kwongAlaska's democratic primary caucus is on Saturday (03-26-16). And sixty-one year old Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente, who came to Sitka to marshall support, is the most determined democratic candidate you’ve never heard of.

Sitkans rally to keep Performing Arts Center open

Among those testifying was middle school band teacher Mike Kernin. "Do you want to go back to 3-hour concerts in the gym? You won't be able to walk!" (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)About one-hundred residents and students attended the first public budget hearing by the Sitka School Board Wednesday night (3-23-16). 99 of them favored keeping the Performing Arts Center open.

Mt. Edgecumbe gets new superintendent

3d48f65Mt. Edgecumbe High School will have a new superintendent. Janelle Vanasse of Bethel has been named superintendent and director of the state-run boarding school in Sitka. Vanasse will replace Bill Hutton, who retires on June 30, 2016.

Herring schools can’t be found as spawning continues

IMG_3985Despite a whole day searching, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game was unable to locate a large enough concentration of herring to open fishing yesterday (03-24-16).