Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka

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Robert Woolsey is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

Troopers shoot bear after it kills, eats a dog in a Sitka neighborhood

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

Ecosystem study unlocks the mystery of black cod survival

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

Deep-release puts the pressure on rockfish survival

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

In Sitka: A mobile plant built to chill out the Bristol Bay fishery

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

A ‘funnybug’ holds a serious clue to Ice Age ecology

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

SEARHC land transfer advances in congressional committees

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

‘Woman with small shovel’ finds a clue to Sitka’s paleo past

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.

CEO: Possible Sitka Community Hospital merger raises ‘complexity’ of hospital’s challenges

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

Sitka man indicted on three counts of murder in girlfriend’s death

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

Mariculture poised to come of age in Alaska

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 trollers to have lower harvests this year

King salmon fishermen in Southeast Alaska will see a significant reduction in their harvest this season. Listen now

Forecasting Sitka’s herring biomass is a thorough but imperfect science

As seiners converge in Sitka for the annual sac roe herring fishery, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is holding firm on its harvest target of 14,649 tons. This is despite having fallen short of that target in three of the last five years. Listen now
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Four mariners rescued from Gulf of Alaska

Four mariners were rescued from their stricken fishing vessel in the Gulf of Alaska on Friday, Jan. 6 -- in a mission coordinated by Air Station Kodiak, and executed by Air Station Sitka. Listen now

Orthodox Christmas in Sitka

January 6, 2017 is Christmas Eve in Orthodox Christian parishes across Alaska. Orthodox faithful will go from house to house on foot, in cars or on snow machines, singing carols and sharing food behind a shiny, spinning pinwheel which represents the Star of Bethlehem. Listen now

Alaska Air flight grounded after e-cig batteries ingnite

Passengers on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage on Sunday were delayed over 5 hours after a passenger’s backpack started burning. Batteries for an e-cigarette are the likely culprit. Listen Now

Charging bear killed near Sitka

pair of Forest Service workers killed a charging brown bear near Sitka at the end of August. It was the third dangerous bear encounter in the Sitka Ranger District in less than a month.

Rediscovering America’s link to Chinese exploration

This August in Sitka, scholars and researchers met to consider the China question — and other ideas in alternative Anthropology — in the ninth annual Paths Across the Pacific Conference.

Sitka brown bear mauling victim medevaced to Sitkoh Bay

A helicopter from Air Station Sitka medevaced a woman from Sitkoh Bay Thursday afternoon, after she was mauled by a brown bear. Listen now

A city responds to a landslide: ‘It was a loss of innocence’

For much of Sitka, the August 18, 2015 landslide was a wake-up call that even the most settled parts of Alaska remain dynamic — and sometimes dangerous — places. Local leadership found itself in an unprecedented situation, offering comfort to the community while processing the catastrophe themselves.

A weather forecaster returns to Sitka’s slide: ‘We were snakebit’

In part 1 of a 5-part series looking back on the Sitka landslide, National Weather Service meteorologist Joel Curtis returns to the scene of “one of the major events” of his professional life. Listen now