Ed Ronco, KPLU - Seattle
In Sitka, declining cruise traffic has city leaders considering the possibility of building a downtown dock. Right now, visitors arriving aboard large vessels are ferried to shore on smaller boats.
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.
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.
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.
This year’s lower-than-expected herring harvest has renewed calls from the Sitka Tribe of Alaska to change the fishery.
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.
A former Sitka resident will spend three years on probation and pay back money he embezzled from the nonprofit organization he once led.
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.
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 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.