The Cutter Maple has completed its historic voyage through the Northwest Passage, and has arrived at Coast Guard Yard. The 225-foot buoy tender is only the 6th Coast Guard vessel to sail the famed route.
Chief Brandon Saiz retired from the US Coast Guard in a ceremony at Air Station Sitka today. Saiz served two decades aboard several ships, and in deployments across Alaska — but for the last 14 years he’s been base in Sitka.
Mt. Edgecumbe High School graduated the Class of 2017 today. Before a crowd of spectators from all over the state, the 100 graduates donned cardinal robes and gold stoles to receive diplomas and awards.
Novelist Mary Emerick spent seven years (2002-2009) as a back country kayak ranger in the Tongass National Forest. Her debut novel ‘The Geography of Water’ is a mystery/coming-of-age story set in the watery landscape of Southeast Alaska.