Relatively mild winters over the past decade have pushed deer populations in the Sitka area to record highs -- and maybe even over the biological carrying capacity of the land in some places. Mountain goats are also at a record high on Baranof Island, and brown bears are thriving as well.
Federal researchers and Southeast Alaska's marine pilots are putting their heads together to work out the best ways to avoid vessel strikes that have been confirmed to have killed nearly 80 whales in Alaska over 10 years. They've been using Glacier Bay National Park as the laboratory to log whale behavior to better understand the their interactions with large vessels like cruise ships.
Daily Sitka Sentinel Sports editor Garland Kennedy recaps Tuesday's wrestling dual between Mt. Edgecumbe and Sitka high, and previews the first basketball tournaments of the season Dec 19-21 in Anchorage and in Sitka. He also reports on Fish & Game's estimates of Sitka's wildlife populations.
Robin Sherman, with the Sitka Legacy Foundation, and Capt. Matthew Morrow, with the Salvation Army, discuss how Giving Tuesday benefits Sitka. You don't need to be wealthy to contribute: You can volunteer time, as well as money, at any of Sitka's nonprofit organizations