Katherine Rose, KCAW - Sitka
Cities in Alaska have been divided on the question of whether mask mandates are a violation of personal freedom or an effective public health tool.
Scientists reported a strong egg count this year after a disastrous season in 2018. But some tribal members say that the high count doesn't represent other changes in how and where the eggs are.
Details about the patient haven't been released.
Sitka's tribal health-care provider announced that the patient is a resident at a 15-bed long-term care center. All residents of the facility, which houses senior citizens and others in need of long-term care, were tested.
Weak markets and smaller-than-average fish — two factors in the premature closure of last year’s fishery — are being blamed for the move, along with new uncertainty over the spread of coronavirus in China.
The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday for a Sitka man whose empty kayak was discovered overturned the day before in Sitka’s Eastern Channel.
State managers intend to double the commercial harvest level for the Sitka Sound sac roe fishery. Meanwhile, subsistence users are seeing a shrinking spawning window, and fewer eggs on branches.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s latest budget proposal removes the Sheldon Jackson Museum from the asset disposal list and directs just under $400,000 in deferred maintenance money to replace the museum’s roof.
Officials say at least one local bear has done enough damage to warrant an aggressive response.
Last month, Sitka Tribe announced that the park service wasn’t renewing the contract and tribal tour leaders may not return to Sitka National Historical Park next year.
That lake-lurking bear has been particularly active, even destroying property and eating poultry. And it’s not the only one.
The brand new, Mt. Edgecumbe High School Aquatic Center in Sitka has been open to students for all of two semesters. Now it's scheduled to be closed — permanently — at the end of December.
University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen said a group of 13 teams would be looking into restructuring options for all of the academic programs.
Despite three pending harassment lawsuits, the Sitka Assembly continues to hold off on hiring an outside consultant to investigate the Sitka Police Department.
The largest union representing ferry workers went on strike in Alaska last week, after contract negotiations between the union and the state faltered. For communities that depend on the Alaska Marine Highway System, that means making some pricey choices while they wait for the strike to conclude.
The Daily Sitka Sentinel has been a cornerstone of Southeast Alaska print journalism for over 75 years, with the Poulson family at the helm for the last 50 years. And now one of the youngest members of the family is finding her feet in the business.
Two more felony sexual assault charges have been brought against a Sitka physician, bringing the total now to 13.
On Sunday, an interaction with an aggressive bear left a family of four traumatized. But Alaska Wildlife Troopers aren’t sure if it was the same bear that mauled a dog the day before.