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 By Shannon Haugland    News    May 1, 2024

Fish Conservancy sues over Columbia River salmon hatcheries

Another lawsuit with implications to Southeast Alaska commercial salmon fisheries was filed last month by the Wild Fish Conservancy, claiming that hatchery programs on the Lower Columbia River are harming the recovery of wild fish runs. The...

 

Federal grant will pay for longliners association effort to save fuel and money

The Alaska Longline Fisherman’s Association says the $514,000 federal grant it received for a feasibility study could lead to lower costs for the fishing fleet and a path to decarbonization of the industry. “This will inform our efforts to dec...

 

Southeast trollers pull in record king salmon catch in January

Despite the rough weather, Southeast trollers recorded a record chinook salmon catch for January in the winter troll fishery, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The January catch totaled 7,200 kings, well above the previous record o...

 

Alaska trollers will gear up to fight endangered listing for king salmon

Southeast salmon fishermen say they weren’t surprised by the news that the nonprofit Wild Fish Conservancy has launched a fresh effort that could shut down Alaska’s king salmon fisheries. Last year, Southeast Alaska king salmon troll fisheries were t...

 

Searchers find bodies of 2 who died when boat overturned near Sitka

Using an unmanned underwater drone to search a boat that had overturned near Chichagof Island, searchers on Jan. 10 located the bodies of two people who were missing after three others were rescued from the Jan. 9 accident. The three who survived...

 

Trollers association disappointed with Board of Fisheries decision

Alaska Trollers Association Board President Matt Donohoe said he’s disappointed by the state Board of Fisheries’ decision that he believes will cause continued harm to commercial trollers in Southeast. “I think residents of Alaska, sport and comme...

 

Sitka rejects second petition to limit cruise ship visitors

The Sitka city clerk has rejected a second application to gather signatures for putting an initiative on the 2024 ballot to limit the number of cruise ship visitors to the Southeast community. City Attorney Brian Hanson recommended rejection of the...

 

Sitka assembly uses sales tax revenues to give $300 to every utility customer

The Sitka assembly has approved a one-time payment of $300 to all residential utility customers, spending more than $1 million of the city’s higher-than-expected sales tax haul this past fiscal year. The ordinance passed on a 5-2 vote on Nov. 14. T...

 

Sitka voters approve seasonal sales tax to help fund schools

More than 63% of Sitka voters cast ballots Oct. 3 to approve a 1% seasonal sales tax increase to provide more funding for school repairs and construction. The ballot measure will raise the sales tax from 5% to 6% from April 1 through Sept. 30,...

 

Sitka rejects ballot initiative petition to limit cruise ship visitors

Sitka’s municipal clerk has notified resident Larry Edwards that his application to circulate a petition for a ballot initiative to limit cruise ship visitors to Sitka has been turned down. Clerk Sara Peterson notified Edwards that the proposal w...

 

Sitka voters may get chance to vote on limiting cruise ship traffic

A ballot initiative in Sitka aimed at capping cruise visitators at an interim level of 240,000 starting in 2024 — less than half this summer’s count — may be headed for a special election this winter. “Win or lose, it’s going to get some good discuss...

 

Sitka assembly approves plan for new boat haul-out facility

The Sitka city assembly has given the go-ahead to a plan for building a boat haul-out and shipyard at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park by late 2024. The option calls for a 150-ton boat lift, haul-out piers, washdown pad and an EPA-certified...

 
 By Shannon Haugland    News    June 7, 2023

State says troll season will open July 1, but no chinook harvest

The Southeast Alaska summer commercial troll season for coho and chum salmon will open on July 1, but no chinook retention will be allowed, the state Department of Fish and Game announced May 30. The prohibition on troll-caught kings is due to the...

 
 By Shannon Haugland    News    March 8, 2023

Northern Southeast hatchery group donates to trollers fight against lawsuit

The Sitka-based Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association board voted March 1 to provide up to $75,000 toward legal expenses to help fight a lawsuit that threatens to shut down the Southeast commercial troll fisheries. The 22 members at...

 
 By Shannon Haugland    News    March 8, 2023

Senate Finance co-chair says proposed spending cap that excludes PFD is 'nonsensical'

Bills under consideration in the Legislature to cap state spending are not addressing the main challenges Alaska is facing, said Sitka Sen. Bert Stedman, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee. “We don’t have a spending-side problem; we have a rev...

 

Sitka McDonald's will close this summer after 35 years

After more than 35 years as Sitka’s top spot for a fast-food fix, McDonald’s on Feb. 1 announced that its Sitka restaurant will close this summer. An announcement posted on the bulletin board at the Sitka McDonald’s said the restaurant would “ceas...

 

Senate Finance co-chair criticizes governor's proposal for larger PFD

Sen. Bert Stedman, co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, says Gov. Dunleavy’s proposed $3,800 Permanent Fund dividend in 2023 would mean “starting the year underwater.” “It’s not a prudent way to administer the state’s financial resources....

 

Sitka processors will sell 20 tons of seafood to cruise lines this summer

Before departing Sitka on a recent cruise stop, The Serenade of the Seas took more than passengers aboard — it took 2,000 pounds of fresh Sitka seafood. It’s the latest development in a collaborative effort that started decades ago among seafood pro...

 

Sitka will vote on spending $8 million to build boat haul-out

A proposal to build a boat haul-out facility in Sitka with the money the city received from selling its community hospital property will be on the Oct. 4 city election ballot. On a 6-0 vote July 26, the assembly gave final approval to an ordinance...

 
 By Shannon Haugland    News    June 29, 2022

SEARHC continues to expand behavioral health services in Sitka

SEARHC is continuing to expand its behavioral health services in Sitka and also to serve residents of other Southeast communities, an official of the health care provider has told the Sitka borough assembly. “I wanted to bring your attention to some...

 
 By Shannon Haugland    News    June 15, 2022

Repairs to Sitka cruise ship terminal now estimated at $2 million

Repairs to damaged mooring dolphins at the Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal will take longer and cost more than originally expected, now estimated at over $2 million, dock officials said. Until repairs are made, only one ship, not two, can use the dock...

 
 By Shannon Haugland    News    May 25, 2022

Sitka Seafoods raises $130,000 for Ukraine, also donates canned salmon

Silver Bay Seafoods, which started in Sitka 15 years ago, has connections that reach more than 5,000 miles across the world to Ukraine, prompting the company to reach out with sizable monetary and food donations to help those affected by Russia’s w...

 
 By Shannon Haugland    News    May 18, 2022

Cruise ship knocks Sitka mooring dolphin out of commission

The cruise ship Radiance of the Seas struck a Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal mooring dolphin on May 9 as it was preparing to dock, limiting the facility to one berth instead of two until repairs are completed in a few weeks, terminal manager Chris...

 
 By Shannon Haugland    News    May 4, 2022

Rising costs force developer to cancel new boat haul-out in Sitka

A developer has notified Sitka that high construction costs have caused the partnership to withdraw its proposal to build a new boatyard and haul-out. Sitka's last haul-out operator, Halibut Point...

 

Earthquake activity under Mount Edgecumbe subsides after brief flurry

The Alaska Volcano Observatory said that as of last Thursday the number of earthquakes under Mount Edgecumbe was declining. The earthquake activity is beneath the 3,000-foot high dormant volcano 15...

 

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