Sitka trailcam photographer Hugh Bevan caught another striking image at a place not far from Sitka he calls "Scary Creek": a sow and her two cubs taking an evening stroll toward the beach to dine on spawning pink salmon. Bevan's cam, one of several he maintains around Sitka, snapped this picture at 6 PM on August 7, 2014, about 10 miles south of town.
August 19th is primary day in Alaska, and several hard-fought races will come to a head. But in Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall, the election came down to this: neighbors chatting, ballots marked with blue ink, kids introduced to the polls for the first time. At not yet six weeks old, Theo Gallin (pictured with his mother, Maggie) took the prize for perhaps the youngest Sitkan to make it into a voting booth today.
Repair work to the Herring Cove Trail performed by USFS crews this spring and summer held up well during last weekend's (Aug 9-11, 2014) deluge. The unseasonably wet storm dumped nearly six inches of rain, sending torrents of water down the falls alongside the trail. And thanks to the efforts of spontaneous volunteer workers like Cassidy Foster and Skyler Walk, the rebuilt trail is a little more scenic than the old. The pair lined a short section of trail with a beautiful stone curb.
Researchers conducting a bird and mammal survey in Prince William Sound earlier this week (7-9-14) did a double-take when they saw this animal: a ribbon seal, a long way from his home in the Beaufort Sea. His solitude, plus the long white stripe down his back bring to mind Pepé Le Pew, the lovelorn skunk of Merrie Melodies fame. May you find your way home, monsieur seal, and may you find l'amour.
Sitka residents and visitors alike packed the Bayview Pub on Tuesday to watch the U.S. take on Belgium for a berth in the World Cup quarterfinals. The U.S. lost in a heartbreaker: three goals were scored in extra time, and two of them were Belgian. But as they fought it out in Salvador, Brazil, the U.S. team had the undivided attention of fans 7,000 miles away.
Sunday marked the final public concert of the 43rd annual Sitka Summer Music Festival, titled "Brunch with Schubert." Barbara Hames hosted the event at her Halibut Point Road home, and a sold-out crowd enjoyed a full concert and post-concert brunch buffet of crab cakes, moose sliders and cream-and-berry-stuffed french toast.