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Gull-egg harvest gets boost from Congress

Glaucous-winged gulls nest in Glacier Bay. Federal legislation allows Hoonah Tlingits to harvest their eggs.(Courtesy National Park Service.)The measure is one of 16 included in a package of land-use bills recently passed by the United States Senate.

A whale of a tale: Sitka pilot goes viral

Murray's float plane coming in for a landing, and the mist of the whale's breath. (Courtesy of Thomas Hamm/Break.com).A 48-second YouTube video catching the swift reactions of a Sitka float plane pilot went viral this past week. KCAW tracked down the pilot and the man who took the video to bring us the full story of how a routine flight in Southeast Alaska made waves on news programs and websites around the world.

Work on HPR to stretch into September

Work on Sitka’s Halibut Point Road will extend into the fall, several weeks longer than originally planned, after contractors ran into some unexpected obstacles buried within the road bed.

State road projects in Sitka at $70-million and climbing

While Halibut Point Road repaving remains stalled, crews are beginning the $2-million project on Harbor Drive. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The state has spent nearly $70-million on transportation projects in Sitka over the last five years, and there’s more on the way -- a single-lane gravel road into Katlian Bay. Al Clough, the regional director for the Department of Transportation, recapped the DOT's plans in Sitka for the Chamber of Commerce (7-16-14).

More fish for the taking at Redoubt

Sitka resident and ADF&G biologist Patrick Fowler dipnetting for sockeye at Redoubt in early July, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rebecca LaGuire)As of July 16, subsistence fishermen trekking out to Redoubt Bay can catch up to 25 sockeye salmon at a time, up from a 10-fish limit earlier this summer. Sport fishermen will see possession limits rise to six sockeye, from four.

‘Romeo’ a story of transformation, tragedy

Romeo was fully wild, but social. He often mingled with Juneau dogs. (David Wilson photo)His name was Romeo, and his story is almost as tragic as his Shakespearian namesake’s. Author Nick Jans has just published A Wolf Called Romeo about the black wolf which captivated Juneau residents for seven winters, before being illegally taken by a hunter in 2009. Jans will be in Sitka this Sunday (7-20-14) for a signing at Old Harbor books.

Consultants to help streamline Sitka administration

Unlike most other departments, the city administration has no master plan. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Municipal Solutions, based in Phoenix, Arizona, was in Sitka last week to meet with city officials. They’ll spend the next few months reviewing operations in city hall from the ground up, and -- hopefully -- identify efficiencies and savings.

The White Elephant at a crossroads

The White Elephant Shop. (KCAW/photo by Greta Mart)There are now a handful of thrift shops and consignment stores in Sitka, but for decades there was only one: The White Elephant. In business for over 50 years, the White E -- as locals call it -- has contributed millions of dollars to support nonprofits, and to assist individuals in need of a helping hand. Until recently, the organization was run exclusively by volunteers

Sitka’s Cello Seminar brings music to the people

Robert Lee (l.) and Alex Cox study at the Cleveland Institute and the Julliard School respectively. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka is packed with students in the summertime, but these students have the largest luggage. The Sitka Cello Seminar is at its halfway point. Ten students from around the country are in town, living in Stevenson Hall on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus, and taking daily master classes with a pair of renown faculty. The seminar performed for the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (7-9-14).

French: Trading up to the 3rd floor of the capitol

Sen. Hollis French says Gov. Parnell's refusal to accept 3 years of federal Medicaid expansion "would have Ted Stevens rolling over in his grave." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sen. Hollis French is making another bid for the executive branch, this time as Lt. Governor. The 12-year veteran of the Alaska state senate ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010. French was in Sitka Monday (7-7-14) as part of a 10-day campaign swing through Southeast Alaska. He's been instrumental in organizing a citizen initiative to repeal the governor's oil tax bill -- SB 21 -- and says he'll make a good team with Byron Mallot.