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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.

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.

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.

Shellfish poisonings sicken two Sitkans

000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 -toxic-shellfish-large570-001Two Sitkans suffered symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning after eating clams harvested in the Starrigavan Creek area, not far from the community’s ferry terminal.

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.

Wet Alaska Day does nothing to dampen spirits

131018_AKday_0263A 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.

A sigh of relief from travel-convention organizers

Convention Floor croppedWhat happens when you have 400 guests in town at the biggest convention Sitka has ever seen and the main water main into town breaks?

Development group pushes new Tongass approach

Second- or young-growth trees cover a Tongass National Forest hillside in southern Southeast Alaska. A proposal from the Southeast Conference could use newer forested areas to replace old-growth habitat. (CoastAlaska News photo.)The Southeast Conference wants to change the way the Tongass National Forest is managed.

In Laos, Gorman prepares to take city helm

mark 2-1Last week, the Sitka Assembly made its choice for municipal administrator. His name is Mark Gorman, and he’s called Sitka home for 35 years. At the moment, though, he’s thousands of miles away, in the last days of his current job, which is based in Asia.

No injuries in Sunday shooting at Pioneer Bar

IMG_0120-1Witnesses say two men were arguing. They reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot, and then seeing a third man run out the door.