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Feds ask cruise ships, boats to stay far away from seals

Harbor seals rest on ice near South Sawyer Glacier in 2007. New federal guidelines suggest, but don't require, vessels to stay about 500 yards away from the marine mammals to lessen disturbances. (Photo courtesy NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center)Federal officials want cruise ships, tour boats and kayaks to stay far away from harbor seals in Alaska’s glacial fjords.

The line in the slime: Alaska makes stand against D.vex in Sitka

Alaska is going to war against an invasive species in Sitka, and its weapon is science. With help from the Smithsonian, the state is hoping to eradicate an invasive sea squirt in Sitka’s Whiting Harbor.

Sitka Assembly explores taking over Halibut Point Rec

Sunset from Halibut Point State Recreation Area in Sitka. This park -- like others in Sitka -- will transfer into private management on July 1.Sitka will likely take over management of the Halibut Point State Recreation Area. But that doesn’t mean the city is happy about it.

Sitkans ‘can-do’ in community kitch

Sitka residents learn how to pickle and ferment fruits and vegetables at Sitka Kitch in mid-July. KCAW photo/Vanessa Walker.

Preserving food is an important activity for many Alaskans, but you’ve got to have the space and the know-how to do it safely. The Sitka Kitch opened its doors earlier this year, to give Sitkans access to a large, commercial … more

National Parks to care for state historic sites in Sitka

Castle Hill, in downtown Sitka, is the best place to take in the full measure of the community's "cultural landscape." (Alaska Division of Parks photo)The federal government is stepping in to care for two of Alaska’s most important historic sites, after the legislature cut funding to state parks in Sitka. The city will look after a popular rec area.

No second king opening for Southeast trollers

A forest of trolling poles in Sitka's ANB harbor, July 2015. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)After just eight days in early July, the summer king salmon season for Southeast trollers is over. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced Friday that there will be no second king opening in August.

2015 Alpine Adventure Run is “wet and wild”

75 runners competed in the 22nd annual Alpine Adventure Run. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)Seventy-five runners braved a wet Sitka morning on Saturday (7-18-15) for the 22nd annual Alpine Adventure Run.

NTSB investigates Friday’s plane crash near Juneau

(Creative Commons photo by Matt’ Johnson)Wreckage of a plane that went down Friday afternoon 18 miles west of Juneau was being picked up Sunday for further investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Native Jazz swings at fine arts camp

The Native Jazz Workshop comes to the Sitka Fine Arts camp every summer, and is now in its 4th year. Vanessa Walker/KCAW photoIf you walk past the Sitka Fine Arts Camp on any given day, you may hear the sounds of a saxophone, flute or trumpet emanating from one of the buildings. But this week at camp, the Native Jazz Workshop was in session--and students took their passion for jazz to a new level: by learning how it intersects with native culture.

Passengers survive, pilot dies in Juneau to Hoonah plane crash

Wings of Alaska flight 202 from Juneau to Hoonah has crashed on land, according to a 3 p.m. Coast Guard broadcast. The plane is reported to have gone down somewhere between Point Howard and point Couverden. (Image from Google maps)A Wings of Alaska flight from Juneau to Hoonah went down on land just north of Pt. Howard, with five people on board.