Month: March 2014

Sitka shops for teachers at Seattle fair

The Sitka School District went looking for teachers over the weekend. Three administrators from Sitka traveled to the Seattle area to attend job fairs full of applicants hoping to teach in Alaska. Casey Demmert is principal of Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School. He says there are 14 positions open in Sitka schools, including four at Keet, which serves grades 2 through 5.

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Mon Mar 31, 2014

Herring seiners wrap up 2014 sac roe fishery in wild 45-minute opener. Herring Camp a new spring tradition, as kids learn about this fish inside and out. USF&W to review endangered status of Alexander Archipelago wolf. Petersburg hires new school district superintendent.

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Doug’s Mug!

Our 2014 mug is designed by local artist, Doug Comstock. Make a donation here and get a mug! http://bit.ly/1qqajdV
Doug’s drawing of the Cable House celebrates the completion of the remodeling that has been taking place over the last few years. We couldn’t be happier with the remodel, and we couldn’t be happier with Doug’s Mug!

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Ed’s Haiku

We all know former KCAW reporter, Ed Ronco is multi-talented: journalist, actor, director, and all-around great guy. But did you know he’s also a poet? Listen to Ed’s Haiku, and then follow his lead and make a donation to support Raven Radio here:http://bit.ly/1qqajdV

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Herring seiners hit target — and then some — in quick Saturday opener

The 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is over. The 48 permit holders caught the last remaining fish in this year’s harvest limit — and then some — in a wild 45-minute opener Saturday afternoon right in front of downtown Sitka. The preliminary estimate from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game for Saturday’s harvest is just shy of 4,000 tons, bringing this year’s total catch to 17,200 tons — about 900 tons more than the guideline harvest level.

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Herring opener set for 1:30 Saturday afternoon

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has scheduled a fourth — and possibly final — commercial herring seine opening for 1:30 PM Saturday afternoon in Sitka Sound. This is an hour later than the start time previously announced. Biologist Dave Gordon reports that the net used by the Department’s research vessel Kestrel became seriously fouled this morning, causing the hour-long setback.

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Learning about herring, inside and out

This year, the Sitka Tribe, Sitka School District and Sitka National Historical Park launched what they hope become a new March tradition: herring camp. During spring break, about fifteen students, in 5th grade through high school, participated in a week of research into herring biology and ecology, along the way learning a little something about what goes on inside this iconic spring fish.

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Sitka herring fleet stands down, will resume search on Saturday

The Sitka sac roe herring fleet stood down at 3:50 PM today (Fri 3-28-14) after a long, frustrating search for a marketable volume of fish — and will try again tomorrow. State biologist Dave Gordon, who oversees the fishery, did not seem too discouraged by the fleet’s inability to locate sufficient herring to open seining.

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