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Russian embargo drives Alaskan caviar to new markets

Pink salmon gather at the mouth of Starrigavan Creek in Sitka. in some markets, the roe of this species can be more valuable than the flesh. (KCAW photo/Rich McClear)Russia’s ongoing embargo of American agricultural and seafood products has produced some sharp rhetoric from political leaders -- including Alaska’s senators. But the true impact of embargo on the Alaska seafood industry remains unclear. Because of robust markets elsewhere for some of the products favored by Russians -- like salmon caviar -- the showdown may be more about politics than economics.

On the issues: Begich vs. Sullivan in Sitka

U.S. Senator Mark Begich and his challenger, Republican Dan Sullivan, each spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce last week. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW News)Sitka got back-to-back visits from the two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate last week. Senator Mark Begich and his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, offered very different takes on everything from health care to Iraq to climate change.

Yuck! Despite odor (and color) Sitka’s temporary water is safe

Sitka environmental superintendent Mark Buggins looks over the temporary filtration  plant at the Indian River. Buggins says August is "not the best time" to drink from the Indian River, but "it is what it is." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka’s tap water smells bad at times, and it turns yellow at others -- but it’s safe to drink. And it’s also temporary. In about 40 days, the community should be back on its primary water source at Blue Lake. Sitka’s environmental superintendent, in the meantime, has been assuring residents that they are not imagining things. Sitka’s water has a stronger odor than usual -- but it's safe.

Sullivan calls for more assertive foreign policy

Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan spoke at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on a campaign swing through town on September 5, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Dan Sullivan spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this morning. Sullivan decried the "avalanche" of federal regulations, discussed when he might support "boots on the ground" in Iraq -- and said it’s his goal to win Southeast in November.

In Sitka, Begich talks campaign, climate change, unity ticket

U.S. Senator Mark Begich speaks to Sitka resident Dirk White at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)U.S. Senator Mark Begich spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. In an interview afterward, Begich discussed his campaign, climate change, and the new unity ticket shaking up the governor’s race.

Not my town! ‘Grizzly Trade’ ambles through places, personalities of SE

Grizzly_Trade_250 It’s got a Vietnam vet with a big heart and anger management problems, a small-town newspaper reporter, and a hippie radio station. Throw in some meth-fuelled wildlife crime and a few cruise ships and you have the makings of an adventure mystery set in Southeast Alaska.

Mallott: Alaskans have “clear choice”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott greets supporter Eric Jordan in Sitka on primary day, August 19, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)News broke over the weekend that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott may be combining his campaign with that of Independent Bill Walker. In Sitka recently, Mallott argued the key issue in November is whether Alaskans' voices will be heard in state government, and said Walker remains, on social issues, a "conservative Republican."

Trashed recycling points to flaws in Sitka’s system?

This load of mixed paper recycling was dumped in June -- one of three loads dumped this year due to food contamination. (KCAW photo)Sitkans who saw a truck hauling one of the city’s large, green recycling bins up Jarvis Street to the waste transfer station earlier this summer were not imagining things. The contractor responsible for managing Sitka’s recycling dumped a total of three loads of mixed paper after discovering they had been contaminated by food waste.

Sitka Assembly accepts #IceBucketChallenge

The Sitka Assembly prepares to be doused in the Ice Bucket Challenge (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)After adjourning on Tuesday evening, the Sitka Assembly lined up in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall and took a serious soaking from the Sitka Fire Department’s Engine #2, under the gleeful direction of Fire Chief Dave Miller.

Sitka Assembly asks for input on proposed car tax

The assembly voted 4-3 on Tuesday night in favor of a proposal that would increase vehicle registration fees. But the ordinance will come before the assembly at least two more times, and it’s not at all clear whether it will make it into law.