A spring tradition resumed in Sitka on Friday (4-16-21) -- on what felt like the first real day of spring in Southeast: The Annual Blessing of the Fleet. The scaled-back ceremony still included the reading of the names of the departed, and the ringing of the final watch.
In many rural Alaska communities, the high cost of construction can lead to housing shortages, unsafe living conditions and overcrowding. A new “mini-home” project is working to tackle the problem in Yakutat by building the houses in Sitka where costs are lower and then shipping them. The construction company behind the project hopes its idea spreads.
The Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery closed last week, but not before harvesting around 16,000 tons of herring, the biggest commercial harvest in nearly a decade.
Commercial fishermen want the lucrative fishery to continue. And while the state is in the middle of a lawsuit with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska over the management of the fishery, the state maintains that its model is conservative. But the model has its critics. KCAW spoke with Peter Bradley, a former Sitkan who has taken a deep dive into the data and modeling practices used by the state to manage herring.
The Sitka Assembly is not quite ready to sell the former Sitka Community Hospital building -- not yet, anyway. During a review on Tuesday night (4-13-21) of some draft language to solicit proposals, some assembly members hesitated because no starting price was listed, and others still weren’t convinced that leasing the building wasn’t the better option.
The budget for the Community Schools program in Sitka will likely be zeroed out next year, while the school district and city decide who’s financially responsible for the afterschool activities program.
Ellen Chenoweth, Program Director for the UAS Rural Alaska Students in One-Heath Research (RASOR), joined KCAW's Erin Fulton along with program students Carry Fenno and Lauryn Jones to talk about the program and upcoming student presentations. Listen here:
To help prevent unused prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands or contaminating the local water supply, Sitka is hosting a Drug Take Back disposal event on April 24th, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
A new semester-long program at the University of Alaska Southeast will provide hands-on, in-person training to students from around the state and the country who are interested in pursuing aquaculture as a career. UAS Fisheries Technology professor Angie Bowers joined KCAW's Erin Fulton on the Morning Interview to talk about the program and how prospective students can join.
This Saturday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brave Heart Volunteers will hold a 20th Anniversary fundraiser celebration, with a new "Lovebirds" logo created by artist Jerrod Galanin. A variety of swag with the Galanin art will be available for a donation. Executive director Angie DelMoral and Galanin.