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Ed Ronco, KPLU - Seattle

Ed Ronco is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

Sitka Camp Delivers Science To Young Learners

A series of camps are taking place this summer at the Sitka Sound Science Center. They cover water, marine life, the forest and even flight – all parts of daily life in Southeast Alaska.

July 18, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Baby Found In Sitka Sink Returns As Adult

On a winter night in 1994, a newborn baby was found lying in a sink at Sitka’s Thomsen Harbor. Eighteen years later, that girl is now a young woman named Karissa Amrhein. She graduated from high school this spring and last week, she returned to Sitka.

July 3, 2012 - 5:52 pm
Heating buildings at Coast Guard Air Station Sitka costs more than $340,000 a year. But by installing a new wood pellet boiler, and no longer using oil for heat, the Coast Guard estimates it can cut that bill by a third. Photo by Ed Ronco, KCAW - Sitka

Coast Guard Prepares For Switch To Pellets

The U.S. Coast Guard air station in Sitka is abandoning oil as a heat source. Work will start in the next week on a new heating system that uses wood pellets instead of oil. It’s part of an effort to make the Coast Guard more energy efficient.

June 11, 2012 - 5:16 pm
Photo by Ed Ronco, KCAW - Sitka

AK: Hunting for Ferns

Researchers from the Smithsonian Institution visited Sitka recently. The group works at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. The collection includes countless items from Alaska. Staff members at the museum are well acquainted with those items. But they don’t often get to see where the items began. To do that, they turned to Sitka resident and renowned Tlingit weaver Teri Rofkar.

June 8, 2012 - 5:04 pm
Coast Guard Cmdr. Doug Cameron watches as Cmdr. Edward Sandlin salutes Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, 17th Coast Guard District, and assumes command of Air Station Sitka, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Cameron, the previous Air Station Sitka commander, is transferring to the 5th Coast Guard District where he will serve as the district’s Chief of Incident Management. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow.

Change Of Command At Air Station Sitka

Cmdr. Ward Sandlin took over as commanding officer of Air Station Sitka on Wednesday. The top job changes over every two years. Sandlin replaces Cmdr. Doug Cameron, who will serve as Chief of Incident Management for a region stretching from New Jersey to North Carolina. Cameron’s time at the 120-person station was marked by a tragedy, but also by a strengthening of ties with the larger community.

May 17, 2012 - 2:07 pm
Photo by Ed Ronco, KCAW - Sitka

After Harvest, Sitka Tribe Renews Herring Concerns

This year’s lower-than-expected herring harvest has renewed calls from the Sitka Tribe of Alaska to change the fishery.

May 1, 2012 - 5:14 pm

Disaster Drill Held Near Sitka

If you were trying to get to Japonski Island near Sitka on Monday night, you probably found the bridge closed by police. It was part of a community-wide disaster drill. The exercise involved emergency responders, the Coast Guard, and even students from Mt. Edgecumbe High School.

April 27, 2012 - 5:20 pm

Former Non-Profit Head Sentenced To Probation For Embezzlement

A former Sitka resident will spend three years on probation and pay back money he embezzled from the nonprofit organization he once led.

April 26, 2012 - 5:09 pm

SEARHC Recovering From $4 Million Loss Last Year

Big changes are in the works at Southeast Alaska’s largest private employer. The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC, has a hospital in Sitka, doctors in Juneau, a variety of clinics, and roughly 1,000 employees. The organization is working to recover from a $4 million loss in the last year. That has meant changes to benefits, and a hiring slow-down, among other things.

April 24, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Sitka Herring Fishery Closes

What was poised to be the largest Sitka herring fishery in recent history has closed with less than half the quota caught. Managers made the announcement Thursday morning to shut down the fishery for the year after just three openings.

April 12, 2012 - 5:23 pm

Scientists Mentor High School Students in Sitka

A program in Sitka allows high school students to work side-by-side with scientists on their research. The Science Mentors Program, run through the Sitka Conservation Society and the Sitka Sound Science Center, puts three high school students in the field and in the lab.

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April 5, 2012 - 5:26 pm

5,600 Tons in Second Sitka Herring Opening

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery will stand down until Thursday, in order to give processors time to catch up with the incoming catch. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates fishermen cought roughly 5,600 tons of fish during the second opening on… Read More

April 3, 2012 - 5:56 pm

About 15% of the Quota Taken as the Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery Opens

The nets went into the water for the first opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery Saturday afternoon for two and a half hours and brought in about 47 hundred tons. The quota is 29 thousand. The opening was located in the northwest… Read More

April 2, 2012 - 12:21 pm

Sitka Herring Fishery Goes on 2-hour Notice

Still no herring fishery in Sitka, where the fleet remained on two-hour notice for a fourth day Friday. More samples will be taken Saturday to see if the roe inside the herring is mature enough to harvest. When a fishery is called, it will be… Read More

March 30, 2012 - 6:31 pm
Protesters On Hand As CG Admiral Arrives In Sitka

Protesters On Hand As CG Admiral Arrives In Sitka

The Coast Guard’s commander in Alaska took a side door out of Sitka’s airport on Wednesday, avoiding protestors who oppose his decision about the future of a Sitka-based aviator. Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo came to Sitka to meet with Coast Guardsmen from around the state about the aftermath of a 2010 helicopter crash. Three people from Air Station Sitka died in that crash.

March 29, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery On Two-Hour Notice

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is on two hour notice. Two-hour notice means when a fishery is called, officials will give the fleet a minimum of two hours to get into position.

March 28, 2012 - 10:59 am
Photo courtesy of KCAW

Orca Skeleton Scanned, Reassembled In Sitka

The bones of a killer whale recovered from Kruzof Island last year will soon be on display at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Volunteers and scientists spent last week rearticulating the orca skeleton.

March 27, 2012 - 5:20 pm

Sitka Shifting To More Renewable Resources

Shifting Sitka to more renewable sources of energy will keep millions of dollars from leaving the community over the next 20 years.

March 23, 2012 - 5:34 pm

USCG Admonishes Sitka Aviator In 2010 Crash

The Coast Guard’s commander in Alaska officially admonished a Sitka-based aviator over the weekend for his actions in a fatal helicopter crash.

March 19, 2012 - 5:42 pm
Coast Guard To Drop Charges Against Leone

Coast Guard To Drop Charges Against Leone

The U.S. Coast Guard dropped its charges against Lt. Lance Leone. The Sitka-based Coast Guard aviator was facing charges of negligent homicide and destruction of government property in connection with a 2010 helicopter crash.

March 6, 2012 - 5:36 pm