Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka

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Robert Woolsey is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

Although Sitka’s dreams of selling bulk water on the world market haven’t amounted to anything, the community has made quite a bit of cash not selling water. Listen now

There will be a lot less fishing for king salmon in Southeast in the coming season, after the Alaska Board of Fisheries took dramatic steps to protect dwindling chinook returns to the region’s major river systems. Listen now

Southeast Alaska’s marathon Board of Fisheries meeting Tuesday night came to a close in Sitka. A handful of regulations for fishing have changed, while others did not pass muster.

Fishermen in Sitka are pushing back against a proposed king salmon conservation plan that could impose deep restrictions on fishing seasons in 2018. Listen now

Based on the latest test scores, Sitka’s school district is performing above the state average — but the numbers are not necessarily something to brag about. Instead, Sitka’s educators hope the new test results help them focus their efforts on under-performing populations in the schools. Listen now

Sitkan Herb Didrickson died on September 25. In 2012 the 91-year-old Tlingit elder was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, which called him the “Jim Thorpe” of Alaska, and the greatest athlete ever produced in the state. Listen now

A landslide in Sitka early Monday afternoon stranded people on either end of the road system for about eight hours, but otherwise there no reports of damage or injuries. Listen now

While millions of Americans went out of their way to travel somewhere to watch Monday’s eclipse for a few minutes, a few people took to the skies to watch it for hours. Listen now

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game is shutting down all commercial and sport fishing for king salmon in Southeast Alaska. Listen now

Wildlife troopers in Sitka shot and killed a brown bear Friday afternoon after it killed and partially consumed a resident’s dog. Listen now

Although stocks are strong, biologists don’t fully grasp black cod population ecology. A research partnership in Sitka hopes to change that. Listen now

For sport anglers in Southeast Alaska having a slow day trying for salmon or halibut this August there will be no “plan B” for bottom-dwelling rockfish. Listen now

Alaska’s Bristol Bay sockeye fishery is intense, lucrative — and also remote. Much of the fish landed there is frozen whole and shipped long distances for secondary processing. Although the product is famous, there are some who think the quality could be improved. In Sitka, a pair of entrepreneurs is betting $2 million that they can deliver a better Bristol Bay sockeye. Meet Northline Seafoods. Listen now

Late last month a retired scientist from Oregon stepped off the ferry in Sitka, and on a hunch decided to look around the woods for an old friend. And while his discovery sheds light on one of the more obscure corners of entomology, it also is a clue to how humans may have survived the Ice Age in North America. Listen now

A bill transferring over 19 acres of federal land in Sitka to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium — or SEARHC — has passed preliminary committees in both the US House and Senate. Listen now

A sewer replacement project in Sitka has turned up more evidence that one of Alaska’s oldest cities has been inhabited for a long, long time.

Sitka Community Hospital is operating in the black for the first time in several years, but its future is far from certain. Listen now

A Juneau grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Sitka man on three counts of murder, in the shooting death of his girlfriend last weekend. Listen now

Alaska’s mariculture industry is in its infancy, compared to other regions of the world, but it has the potential to be much larger — maybe worth as much as $1 billion within three decades. Listen now
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King salmon fishermen in Southeast Alaska will see a significant reduction in their harvest this season. Listen now