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Despite higher fees, Sitka’s ANB Harbor a welcome upgrade

The newly-rebuilt ANB Harbor (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)

Construction was completed on the new ANB Harbor in Sitka in early 2014, but it wasn’t until the last week in June when local officials held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the project’s success. more

Three Sitka artists, three grants…one surname

Sitka artist Dave Galanin in his studio. Photo by Greta Mart.

Last month, the Rasmuson Foundation announced the recipients of this year’s individual artist awards and grants. Several Sitka artists were on that list, and three of them share the same last name. KCAW’s Greta Mart recently caught up with them … more

Paddling to the party

Three canoes left Kake this morning, starting a week-long trip to Juneau for Celebration 2014. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Jackson)

Three canoes left Kake this morning; a week from now, they’ll land in Juneau ten canoes strong. The week-long trek to Celebration 2014 is organized by the One People Canoe Society. Paddlers from Kake, Ketchikan and Wrangell will be joined by canoes from Sitka, Angoon, Hoonah, Yakutat and Haines. So what prompts people to pick up a paddle? It’s about “getting back to their roots,” says Alicia Chilton, who is skippering the Wrangell canoe. “Or maybe finding them.” more

The Dauenhauers teach tour guides how to teach tourists

Nora and Dick Dauenhauer wrote Russians in Tlingit America. The book is used to train Sitka's park rangers. (KCAW photo/by Emily Forman)

Two of greatest living scholars on Sitka’s Russian and Tlingit past were in town last week to train National Park rangers on the historic battles that took place here. Park rangers give programs, of course, but sometimes they’ll interact with visitors for only a few minutes at a time. So the challenge is: How do you teach visitors about the culture in a way that will have impact – when the most commonly-asked question is “Where’s the bathroom?” more

Seasonal store unpacks for cruise opener

Sitka Fur Gallery works hard to get the store ready for the first cruise ship in Sitka.

The first cruise ship of the season arrives in Sitka tomorrow/today (Wed May 7) and that means many local business are scrambling to get ready. The seasonal stores — those that build their inventory from scratch every May — are especially feeling the pressure. On Tuesday afternoon in the Sitka Fur Gallery, the metallic mannequins are still naked with less than 24 hours to go before the first wave of visitors arrives. Store manager Andy Nichols and his employee James talked about how things are going. more

Gorman: Managing ‘conflicting expectations’ in Sitka

Mark Gorman. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

6 months into his tenure as municipal administrator, Mark Gorman says Sitka is going to become more self-reliant — through a combination of increasing local revenues and exploiting economic opportunities. Gorman spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce Wednesday afternoon (4-23-13). He discussed the unrealistic expectations Sitkans may have about the community’s relatively low tax rates, as more and more of the burden of paying for services shifts to local taxpayers. But Gorman also pointed out opportunities for efficiency and growth. more

Opening day herring estimate up to 5,500 tons; no fishing today

The Sitka herring fleet heads north to the season's first opener on Thursday. (Kevin Knox photo)

There was no fishing today (Fri 3-21-14) in the Sitka sac roe herring fishery, as processors worked through yesterday’s harvest. The estimated catch in Thursday’s season opener has been revised upward: Fish & Game now reports 5,500 tons were landed. Seiners reported a high-quality catch, but said price remains a concern. more

Shellfish poisonings sicken two Sitkans

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Two Sitkans suffered symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning after eating clams harvested in the Starrigavan Creek area, not far from the community’s ferry terminal. more

Viral bear cub headed to Fortress of the Bear

Smokey, an orphaned  black bear cub, has gone viral on Facebook. Sitka's Fortress of the Bear has offered to house the animal.

Sitka’s “cuteness” factor is about to rise. An orphaned bear cub that’s become an Internet sensation is headed to the coastal Southeast community. more

Wet Alaska Day does nothing to dampen spirits

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A rainy day didn’t stop the crowds from lining Lincoln Street and climbing Castle Hill. Raven Radio was there, and put together this photo slideshow. more