The Sitka Assembly permitted the city to sell an unusable transformer at the Medvejie Hatchery. The transformer, which was intended to replace 35-year-old units, has a fatal design flaw and can't be used. At the same time, they authorized staff to purchase a new transformer for immediate installation.
More than a million salmon fry died over the weekend in two separate accidents at Sitka hatcheries. In one case, a closed valve stopped water flow through a raceway. In the other, a clogged intake and a faulty alarm are to blame.