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ADF&G continues second week of aerial surveys ahead of herring fishery

The Sitka Sound Sac Roe herring fishery isn’t kicking off just yet. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been conducting aerial surveys of fish over the last week in preparation for the fishery, but so far they haven’t spotted any spawn or mature roe.

Brooke Mulligan, 21, to serve four years in prison for criminally negligent homicide in death of Terry Carlson, Jr

21-year old Brooke Mulligan will serve four years in prison for criminally negligent homicide, in the death of Terry Carlson, Jr. two years ago. Mulligan crossed the centerline in her Jeep and struck Carlson head-on while he was on a bicycle in March of 2021. She fled the scene without stopping, and when confronted by police, denied involvement in the incident.

New task force to plan for future of tourism in Sitka

A new task force will now tackle tourism in Sitka. The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday/last night (3-14-23), approved the creation of a new “tourism task force” meant to investigate and plan for the city’s approach as it prepares for increased cruise traffic in 2023 and beyond.



Commentary: HB 105 puts Alaska’s LGBTQ+ youth at risk. We must fight it at every step

Governor Dunleavy recently announced House Bill 105, which, on the surface, is intended to expand parental rights in education. But what it actually does is strip schools of their ability to educate, affirm, and protect trans and gender non-conforming youth who cannot safely share their identity with their families.

KCAW Coronavirus Information Hub

UPDATED 12-29-22: The federal government now recommends a primary series or updated COVID-19 booster for everyone age 6 months and older. Learn more about how to get vaccinated or boosted here.

Communities can now request seafood donations through new online form

The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) and Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust (ASFT) are inviting community and tribal leaders, organizations, fishermen, and others to share via a new Seafood Donation Network Inquiry online form, whether they are struggling with access to local seafood or have seafood that they would be willing to contribute to families in need.

Tenakee Springs program aims to train drug prevention specialists

Tuck Harry is the executive director of the Alaska Academy for Drug Abuse Prevention- which trains young people in how to become drug abuse prevention specialists. He joined KCAW's Erin Fulton to discuss the opioid and fentanyl crisis in the state, and one particularly dangerous drug that goes by the street name ISO or tranq. Listen to their conversation here:



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