Katherine Rose, KCAW - Sitka


Judge denies Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s request for injunction

A Juneau judge has denied Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s request for an injunction that would have required the Alaska Department of Fish and Game develop new procedures in the weeks leading up to the Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery. 

Microplastics found in Sitka mollusks

Researchers in Sitka have been looking at the impact of microplastics on local shellfish. Their findings illustrate a possible connection between microplastics in butter clams and household laundry.

Sitka police chief asks assembly to raise officer salaries in response to turnover

Concerns over a hostile workplace culture surfaced Tuesday night, during a presentation to the Sitka Assembly calling for higher police wages.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska sues state, claiming mismanagement of herring fishery

A tribal government is filing suit against the state of Alaska, alleging mismanagement of the Sitka sac roe herring fishery.

AK: Sitkans quest for the next great board game

A group of Sitkans decided to take a vacation to an equally cold and rainy place -- Vancouver, B.C. -- for a board game convention. Listen now

Women aim for firearm mastery at Sitka pistol clinic

At the Sitka Sportsmen’s Association indoor shooting range, the fastest-growing user demographic is female. A new pistol clinic is tailored especially for them. Listen now

Sitka Tribe to co-manage interpretation at Sitka National Historical Park

After a year of negotiations, Sitka Tribe of Alaska will partner with the National Parks Service to begin co-management of historical interpretation at the Sitka National Historical Park — the first compacting agreement of its kind in U.S. history. Listen now

Board of Fisheries passes annual black cod limit for sport fishing

The Board of Fish voted to limit the harvest for non-resident sport fishermen to eight sablefish a year throughout the Southeast Alaska area, with a bag limit of four fish per-day.

Board of Fisheries requires daily bag limits for subsistence shrimp harvest

The Alaska Board of Fisheries has decided to limit the amount of shrimp harvested and require a non-commercial household permit for subsistence fishing. This, following a recommendation from the local Sitka Fish and Game Advisory Committee to take emergency action to protect shrimp from overfishing in Hoonah Sound. Listen now

City will not donate funds to St. Michael’s Cathedral for renovation project

Though it was short, with no new business and only four items of unfinished business on the agenda, Tuesday’s  Sitka Assembly meeting was still eventful, with assembly members continuing to debate if they should allocate funds for renovations to St. Michael’s Cathedral. Listen now

When preschoolers meet Pioneers, both benefit

Loneliness and isolation can be a big problem for seniors in Alaska. Many older people are often far away from family members, and kids are far away from their grandparents. In Sitka, the local Pioneer Home for seniors has found a solution for both problems: housing a local preschool right next door.

Mt. Edgecumbe girls smash records at state wrestling tournament

Students from around Alaska gathered in Anchorage this weekend to compete in the state wrestling tournament, hosted by the Alaska School Activities Association. Several of those students, young men and women, are from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka which, in recent years, has built the largest girls wrestling program in Alaska. Listen now

What a change in city code could mean for Sitka’s LGBTQ community

Earlier this fall the Human Rights Campaign gave Sitka and ten other American cities a score of zero on its municipal equality index, because these communities had no legal protection for residents based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Sitka assembly on Tuesday will consider on final reading a sweeping anti-discrimination ordinance. Listen now

Does Sitka’s Baranov statue impress or oppress?

The statue of Alexander Baranov was erected to honor the role of commerce in Sitka’s past, but for many, Baranov and the Russian-American Company are synonymous with colonization and the systematic oppression of Alaska Natives. Listen now

Sitka Tribe of Alaska receives $2 million grant to help domestic violence victims

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has landed over $2 million in federal grant money to aid victims of domestic violence. The money is being awarded in three separate grants and will create five new positions to support women and children in Sitka. Listen now

Suspect in Sitka shooting charged with assault

Sitka police arrested man Saturday evening after a two-hour manhunt for allegedly shooting another man. Nathan Leask, 35, was charged with one felony count of first-degree assault and one misdemeanor count of fourth-degree assault. Listen now

Deacon’s music a bell-towering achievement in Sitka

The bells at St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral in Sitka are ringing again after a temporary hiatus. Thanks to a new deacon with musical abilities and no fear of heights, you’ll hear them ringing most days at 11:55.

Sitka Sound Science Center students complete skeletal rearticulation of sea lion

Students participating in Sitka Sound Science Center’s summer camp week, aptly named “Dem Bones,” recently finished assembling the skeleton of a California sea lion. The bones were cleaned and brought to Sitka by Dr. Shannon Atkinson of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. A group of 12 students, ranging from 6th to 12th grade, spent the week learning about the bones and putting the skeleton back together.

Techno contra brings new life to traditional dance in Sitka

If you live in Sitka, you’ve definitely heard of contra dance. And if you live on planet earth, you’ve certainly heard of techno or electronic dance music (EDM).

Sitka hospital treats first known Alaskan case of Zika Virus

The state department of Health and Social Services announced the first known case of the Zika Virus in Alaska today. The patient was treated at SEARHC’s Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital in Sitka. The patient, a male from the midwest, traveled in Central America before arriving in Alaska, where he began to experience unusual symptoms. Listen now