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Otter attacks Sitka swimmer, biting at his feet

As he neared the end of an ocean swim just south of Sitka earlier this month, Dean Orbison felt a pain in his foot and thought he’d kicked a rock. But when the pain recurred, he stopped to look around and was startled by what he saw. A river otter...

 

Consultant advises Sitka how to boost tourism experience and spending

With Sitka’s largest-ever tourist season underway – with as many as 400,000 cruise ship passengers this summer – a consultant visited town last month and suggested possible improvements to visitor experiences. A crosswalk at a busy downtown...

 

Mt. Edgecumbe school short of housing for new teachers

With the start of the school year just around the corner, staff members at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka are scrambling to find housing for new teachers. The search has consumed much of the summer for Miranda Bacha, who took over as principal...

 

Sitka 9-year-old reels in 45-pound king

For many Southeast residents, fishing is a way to fill the freezer or earn a living. But for Sitka’s 9-year-old Miles Lawrie, fishing is a chance to spend time with his grandparents on the water. It was a bonus for Miles when, while fishing with...

 

Sitka starts site prep for small cabins to house homeless

After years of work and planning, site preparation is underway for the cabins to house Sitka’s homeless people. The plan is to build a dozen small cabins at the end of Jarvis Street, about a mile east of the downtown waterfront. The Sitka Homeless...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    August 3, 2022

State closes troll fishery for 3 days for coho preservation

After the longest summer king salmon troll opening in nearly 20 years, the Southeast Alaska commercial troll fishery closed to the taking of all salmon for three days as a coho conservation measure, the Department of Fish and Game announced July 25....

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    July 20, 2022

Humpback whale carcass washes up in Sitka Sound

A dead humpback whale that had been seen floating in northeastern Sitka Sound is probably the same one that washed ashore a few miles away in May, a marine mammal expert said July 12. Lauren Wild, applied fisheries assistant professor at the...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    June 29, 2022

State ups catch limit for summer chinook troll fishery

Southeast trollers will be able to target about 23,000 more chinook salmon than last year in the upcoming summer troll opener, the Department of Fish and Game announced last week. All told, 106,900 treaty kings are allotted to the initial summer...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    June 22, 2022

Sitka direct-to-consumer seafood seller closes processing plant

Though sales boomed for Sitka Salmon Shares during the pandemic, the direct-to-consumer fish seller and processor has been unable to continue that success into 2022 and shut down its Sitka processing plant on June 6, laying off 40 workers. Company...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    June 15, 2022

Scientists install seismic sensors on Mount Edgecumbe

After a swarm of small earthquakes beneath Mount Edgecumbe caught the attention of the Alaska Volcano Observatory in April, a crew of scientists has installed seismic and GPS sensors on the mountain to monitor any further activity. While the Alaska...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    May 4, 2022

Small quakes at Mount Edgecumbe likely due to magma movement

While earthquake activity around Mount Edgecumbe has declined following a series of small quakes last month, further investigation by the Alaska Volcano Observatory shows that the area around the mountain has been steadily deforming since 2018,...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    April 6, 2022

State reopens Outer Coast to king salmon trollers

The winter troll king salmon fishery reopened in outside waters around Southeast Alaska last Sunday. Trollers will be able to target up to 28,000 Chinook salmon remaining in the fleet’s original winter guideline harvest level of 45,000 fish. The...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    March 23, 2022

National Geographic outdoors show features Sitka father and son

For years, Robert Miller and his son RJ have hunted, fished and enjoyed the outdoors around Sitka together. And now they have a wide audience through National Geographic's "Life Below Zero: Next Gener...

 

Gold medal swimmer gives clinic and shares advice in Sitka

Tokyo Summer Olympics swim team gold medalist Lydia Jacoby, a 17-year-old Seward High School senior, was in Sitka last month, sharing stories, offering advice - and talking about her goggles. She also...

 

Fisheries Council votes to limit trawl fleet bycatch of halibut

Halibut bycatch by the Bering Sea trawl fleet could be reduced by up to one-third following a vote by the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. After days of deliberation and public testimony at the online council meeting, the members voted...

 

Sitka will go five weeks without a state ferry

Sitka will see minimal state ferry service this winter. Scheduled sailings of the Matanuska have been canceled until late January while the vessel undergoes more steel plate repairs in a Ketchikan shipyard, leaving Sitka cut off from the ferry...

 

Classical music led to 50-year career for Sitka troller

Longtime Sitka troller James Moore has won recognition for his work in developing salmon hatcheries in Southeast, promoting a troll-fleet logbook program, and many other activities supporting...

 

Sitkan beat alcohol and heart attack to run New York marathon

Jeff Wright's long road to recovery led him from addiction and a heart attack in his 50s to hiking trails around Sitka and competing in the New York City Marathon. A lifelong Sitkan, Wright, who is 60...

 

Russian catamaran crew plans return voyage from Sitka next year

By Garland Kennedy Sitka Sentinel staff writer Two years ago, a Russian-flagged inflatable catamaran sailed into Sitka, concluding a multi-year voyage from central Russia, through the Siberian river...

 

Small-ship operator sees strong demand for summer cruises

SITKA - With protocols for coronavirus mitigation and testing, as well as hope for a more expansive vaccine rollout, Sitka-based maritime tourism company Allen Marine plans to return to form this spring and summer, the company said last week....

 

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