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Sitka herring fishery could open as soon as Thursday

Seiners wait at the newly reopened ANB harbor for the 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery to open.

It’s herring time. The multi-million dollar Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery could open as early as the end of this week. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has announced that as of 8 a.m. Thursday, the fishery will be placed on two-hour notice. more

House considers medevac membership program

Airlift Northwest's Shelly Deering explains the medical equipment in a medevac Learjet. She urged lawmakers to pass a bill allowing the service's membership program to keep operating in Alaska. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)

A bill aimed at restoring a popular medevac insurance program is getting some attention in the House. more

Shop students raise a bit of hoop-la at Sitka gym

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Manufacturing — like everything else — is becoming more computerized, but instead of replacing craftsmanship, digital technology is opening up possibilities for students to create things in ways that simply weren’t practical five or ten years ago. Three kids at Sitka High School are building a tool — really just a customized piece of metal — to do an unsung, but important, job in the community. And as KCAW’s Robert Woolsey reports, their collaboration points toward a future where we’ll make stuff differently. more

Parnell: Gas line should help coastal communities

Gov. Sean Parnell talks about Southeast issues during the Southeast Conference's Mid-Session Summit Jan. 12, 2014. He wants the gas line's benefits to be shared with coastal communities. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Gov. Sean Parnell wants to get natural gas to Alaska’s coastal communities. He says a gas line and LNG plant could benefit more than the Railbelt. more

Carstensen, Armstrong create a better ‘Nature’

Nature_of_Southeast_Alaska Critics have called it the best book about the natural history of Southeast Alaska in print. Naturalists Richard Carstensen and Bob Armstrong have completely revised their classic text The Nature of Southeast Alaska, which they first published in 1992. The authors were in Sitka to speak at a UAS Natural History Seminar last night (3-13-14). Carstensen stopped by our studios and spoke with KCAW’s Robert Woolsey. more

DNR proposes Nakwasina Sound land sale

A map shows the state land that the Department of Natural Resources is proposing to sell, near Dog Point north of Sitka.

The proposed sale is about eight miles north of downtown. It includes 485 acres of land on the west side of Lisianski Peninsula, near Dog Point. The land is off Sitka’s road system, about three miles north of the Starrigavan ferry terminal by water. more

Ferry gift shops to close

The gift shop on the ferry Kennicott is one of five to be closed this summer in a cost-cutting move. (Viking Travel/Alaska Ferry

Marine highway officials say closing the shops will save $1 million a year. more

Sitka kicks off major trash study

During a work session on Tuesday night, the Sitka Assembly heard from contractors tasked with creating a top-to-bottom assessment of how the city handles trash and recycling. Representatives of the firm CB&I outlined the process that will, they hope, lead to a new master plan by September. more

Low income Sitkans fall through Medicaid “donut hole”

At its heart, the Affordable Care Act has a simple premise: Americans who lack health insurance should be able to go online and pick a plan, and if their income falls beneath a certain threshold, then the federal government will cover part of the cost. That is, unless you live in one of the states that has opted out of the federal Medicaid expansion — like Alaska. Then, you can actually make too little money to qualify for help. more

Two men sentenced in shooting at Pioneer Bar

55-year old Richard Davis will serve two months in jail for assault and misconduct involving a weapon. 22-year old Tyler Westlund already served five days in jail, and still owes a $1,000 fine for criminal mischief resulting in property damage. more