The Sitka Sound herring continue to spawn, though in spots rather than long stretches of coastline. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game is conducting daily aerial surveys. The cumulative spawn mileage to date is 57 nautical miles.
Sitka fire chief Dave Miller has withdrawn his application to be the next city administrator. Former Sitka police chief Sheldon Schmitt was also invited to an in-person interview, after a preliminary Skype interview on Monday (4-17-17).
A popular bridge for salmon viewing is getting a makeover and will be closed for the summer. The Sitka National Historical Park is replacing the footbridge over Indian River that links the east and west sections of the park to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Sitka National Historical Park's Brinnen Carter, Chief of Resources, and Ranger Erin Fulton talk about the summer season. That includes replacing the Indian River Bridge and restoring of the views from the fort site to the ocean, to approximate the topography that existed during the Battle of 1804. Downloadable audio.
A wildfire is burning in a remote area of northwest Alaska. The Alaska Fire Service reports that the Zane Hills Fire was discovered this week, and mapped at 1,900 acres. AFS spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said the fire, burning in a...