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Panel hears emotional testimony on halibut bycatch

Simeon Swetsov, Jr., left, the mayor of St. Paul in the Pribilof Islands, choked up as he testified before the NPFMC advisory panel. Beside him is Mateo Paz-Soldan. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Emotions are running high as the North Pacific Fishery Management Council considers a proposal to reduce halibut bycatch in the Bering Sea. The council got a preview of public sentiment during testimony before its advisory panel this week.

Tribal Sports to introduce teens to the world of business

A Baden-made basketball bearing the Tribal Sports logo on display at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Community House on 6-3-2015.Sometime soon the baseballs and basketballs used at schools around Alaska may bear the name of Tribal Sports. That’s a new brand created by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and Baden Sports, a Seattle-based sports equipment manufacturing company. The joint venture was announced this month in Sitka (6-3-15).

Odess: ‘Sitka opened her arms to me’

Carol Odess stands in front of Allen Memorial Hall. The theater inside of it will officially be known as the Odess Theater after the Sunday (6-7-2015) dedication ceremony.Carol Odess, a major benefactor of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, is an outlier in the world of philanthropy. Besides giving her money, she's given her time, energy and passion to a community.

Mallott to Council: Win-or-lose decisions ‘build the worst society’

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott speaks to the NPFMC on Wednesday in Sitka. Mallott told council members to "try to find ways to reach common ground -- or water." (State of Alaska photo/Barbara Blake)Lt. Governor Byron Mallott urged unity at one of the most polarized meetings of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in recent memory.

Two injured as lodge’s deck collapses during group photo

The collapsed deck on Halibut Pt. Road. Building official William Stortz confirms that it was a failure of wood rather than hardware. (KCAW photo)Several people suffered minor injuries after a deck collapsed at a charter lodge in Sitka Wednesday evening (6-3-15). At least 12 people were on the deck, posing for a photo, when it fell.

Former Coast Guard commander to head cruise group

Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, Coast Guard District 17 commander, speaks to KJNO radio station listeners during a live interview Feb. 10, 2012. (USCG photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst)Former Alaska Coast Guard Commander Thomas Ostebo takes over July 6 as CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association. He'll advocate for an industry he once regulated.

Council seeks to reduce veto threat over MSA

veto_illustrationPresident Obama is not the only one concerned with the latest version of the Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA). The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will likely recommend major changes.

North Pacific Council meets in Sitka

Fishermen, scientists, and seafood industry representatives from around Alaska -- and the country -- are in Sitka this week for the meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Council regulates all federal fisheries off Alaska, including pollock, cod and flatfish.

State, Smithsonian field test deadly D.vex ‘motel’

Ian Davidson, from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, explains how the canvas enclosure will kill D.vex. The eradication testing is being led by the ADF&G biologist Tammy Davis. Tim Sundlov is coordinating the participation of the Bureau of Land Management, which controls the intertidal areas. Other members of the Smithsonian team diving in Sitka are Michelle Marraffini and Greg Ruiz.A multi-agency effort is underway in Sitka to eradicate an invasive sea organism, D.vex,, before it can spread to other parts of the Alaskan coast.

Leaders hold on in Sitka’s ‘richest’ salmon derby

DERBYWINNERSRAWIn spite of great weather and fine fishing, no one was able to top the leader in the second weekend of Sitka’s Salmon Derby. Bert Edenso’s 42.6 pound king remained in first place, winning him $7,500.