Mt. 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.
Despite 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).
The Sac Roe Herring Fishery had two openings Wednesday (03-23-16), one across Krestof Sound and northern Sitka Sound and another in Salisbury Sound. Between both openings, preliminary hails from processors put the total harvest at 1,800 tons. That leaves approximately 4,970 left on the table.
Quick thinking by the Sitka boys basketball team averted tragedy this morning (Wed 3-23-16). The boys and their coach woke and rescued 11 occupants of an Anchorage six-plex before firefighters arrived.
At last night’s meeting (03-22-16), the Sitka Assembly debated a local ordinance to ban cellphone use while driving. Under this new ordinance, operating a cell phone at the wheel would be a finable offense.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced the herring fishery would open today at 1:30 p.m. across a broad range: northern Sitka Sound, Krestof Sound, Nakwasina Passage, and Katlian Bay. 6,170 tons remain on this year’s quota and spawning is increasing rapidly.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game mapped an additional 4 miles of herring spawn during its morning survey today (3-22-16), bringing the total now to nearly 7 miles.
After six months of scrutinizing Sitka’s budget, the Citizens’ Task Force is ready to reveal their plan. They call it “The Grand Bargain.” Here's a glimpse of the bargain’s major line items, some of which are still a source of disagreement among the task force.
While commercial fishermen were on the water anxiously awaiting the next herring opening in Sitka, some residents gathered on land for a traditional Tlingit ceremony. The Blessing of Herring Rock happens every year to get the fish to come back to the Sound to spawn.
Over the weekend, seiners landed over 5,000 tons of herring on the second opening of the Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring fishery.