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State game board to review deer seasons, limits for Sitka

A proposed delay in the start of "doe season" is meant to protect fawns -- but may not make sense biologically. (KCAW file photo)The State Board of Game meets this weekend (Jan 9-13) in Juneau to consider a number of proposed changes to Southeast hunting regulations -- including some rules important to Sitka hunters of deer, mountain goat, and bear.

Humpbacks and the Endangered Species Act: A deep dive

A humpback whale shows its fluke. (Photo by Ellen Chenoweth, NOAA Fisheries permit #14122).The secret history of Soviet whaling in the North Pacific, the origins of the Endangered Species Act in the Nixon era, and how many humpback whales are out there, anyway?

Sitka hospital cuts ties with former CEO, moves toward transition

The hospital classroom fills for the board's noon meeting. Staffers urged  transparency as the board moves forward. "A lot of what's happened has been a mystery to us," said one. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka's hospital board named Chief Nursing Officer Raine Clarke as interim CEO at a special meeting on Monday (1-5-15). Contrary to rumor, former CEO Jeff Comer will not be receiving anything more than his paycheck for his work through last Friday, as Sitka’s embattled hospital struggles to balance its books and find direction.

Teen safe after icy slide down Mt. Verstovia

In summertime, the Mt. Verstovia bowl is a popular hiking trail. (Flickr photo/German Parra)A 16-year-old Sitka girl escaped with minor injuries after losing her footing on Mt. Verstovia Sunday afternoon (1-4-15), and sliding partway down a bowl. The Sitka Fire Department received a call shortly after 4 PM from the girl’s 24-year-old brother. The pair had safely climbed to the summit of “Picnic Rock,” but discovered on the return trip that the route had turned into wind-scoured ice.

Hospital CEO alleges assault, leaves Sitka

A scheduled discussion on hospital issues with CEO Jeff Comer Friday night (1-2-15) was sidetracked when Comer didn’t appear. Instead, he sent hospital board president Celeste Tydingco to read a statement describing an alleged assault, and his intention to leave Sitka immediately.

Gender, experience weighed in Sitka assembly appointment

Michelle Putz is Sitka’s newest assembly member. Putz was appointed by the assembly in a special meeting Friday evening (1-2-15), to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Phyllis Hackett. Members considered Putz’s previous experience on the assembly in making the appointment, and also her gender.

Sitka’s 2014: Buckets o’ fun!

Sitka School Board members Jen Robinson, Tim Fulton, Lon Garrison, Cass Pook, Tonia Rioux, and superintendent Mary Wegner take a dunking for ALS. In turn, the board challenged the Kodiak school board, former Sitka superintendent Steve Bradshaw, and the Sitka Native Education Program. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)2014 in Sitka will be remembered for water: Water piling up behind a brand new dam, and water falling from the sky that brought down a mountain and made a major highway construction project nearly impassable. And if that wasn’t enough, there was something about ice buckets.

Mining, timber, elections top 2014 Southeast news

Oxidized rock colors a valley where one of Seabridge Gold’s KSM project’s open pit mines will be dug. (Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News)One of 2014’s largest Southeast Alaska issues didn’t even start in the state.

Humpback whales: to de-list or not to de-list?

Humpback whales bubblenet feeding. (Photo by Blain and Monique Anderson, NOAA Fisheries permit #14122)As NOAA decides whether to remove humpback whales from the endangered species list, we take a look at the arguments for and against de-listing, and ask, what's at stake, for humpbacks and for us?

Sitka heads ‘Back to the Future’ on gravel roads

Anna_DriveSitka has torn up what is likely the first of many paved city streets and returned it to gravel. The community has wrestled for years with how to pay to replace pavement put down during the heyday of the state’s oil wealth in the 1980s. And so far, no one’s come up with a plan for local funding that’s acceptable to residents.