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  1. PSP: With new lab, STA takes a gamble on shellfish testingRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Apr 13 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Jeff Feldpausch and Chris Whitehead stand in the soon-to-be biotoxin testing lab at STA's Resource Protection Department, intended to test shellfish for commercial entities. Despite the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning - or PSP - Southeast Alaska has a robust dive fishery that includes geoduck clams.


  2. How Russian Easter bread became an Alaska Native traditionRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Apr 11 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Easter was last weekend but some Russian Orthodox Christians will observe it this Sunday. That's where Easter, or what they call Pascha, lands on the Julian calendar.


  3. DOT considers cutting Sitka Airport hoursRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Apr 10 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    The state Department of Transportation has told city officials that budget cuts may mean shorter hours for Sitka's Rocky Gutierrez Airport. The Sitka Airport is currently staffed 24 hours a day.


  4. First two VPSOs graduate from firearm trainingRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 7 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Governor Bill Walker and VPSO Michael Gagliano after the governor signed his first bill, establishing Law Enforcement Officer Day. Two Village Public Safety Officers graduated from firearm training on Friday , becoming the first officers in the 40-year history of the program to be armed.


  5. Sitka's fish-to-schools a 'success story' at foods conferenceRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Apr 6 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Sitka's Fish-to-Schools program was one of the featured presentations last week at a regional meeting on sustainable food systems. Cassee Olin is the business manager for the Sitka School District, and also the director of food service.


  6. Bill would end program requiring money for art in public buildingsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Apr 1 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Rep. Lynn Gattis applauds after introducing a guest on the House floor, Feb 26, 2014. Rep. Lynn Gattis, a Wasilla Republican, sponsored the bill, which gets rid of a requirement that one percent of funds for public projects, like schools and courthouses, go toward art.


  7. Strong king salmon catch means early closure for Southeast trollersRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Mar 31 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Southeast Alaska's commercial salmon trollers are heading back into port now that the winter season has closed, thanks to strong catches of king salmon on the outer coast near Sitka. The season was closed at midnight on Wednesday, March 25th.


  8. Rural designation process could impact Saxman's subsistence statusRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Mar 28 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    The Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council met in Saxman and Sitka last week to discuss and gather input on issues related to subsistence in the region, including a proposed change to the rural designation process. That change could make a big difference to Saxman, which has been considered non-rural since 2007, for the purpose of federal subsistence rights.


  9. Southeast residents want public input on state roadside sprayingRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 13, 2015 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    A bill that seeks to restore some public comment opportunity for herbicides spraying along state highways had its first hearing in a House committee this month. Residents and local government representatives continued to voice concern about impacts that chemicals could have on fish streams, plants and wildlife along state roads.


  10. Improbable archaeology: Stone tool found in Sitka landslideRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 2, 2015 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Archaeologist Jay Kinsman says some of the lighter-colored scarring was caused by the churning of the landslide. Against unbelievable odds, a pair of Forest Service hydrologists mapping the Starrigavan slide found a curiously-shaped rock amid the thousands of tons of rubble.


  11. Lowly no more, chum salmon center stage in allocation disputeRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 27, 2015 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    In testimony before the Alaska Board of Fisheries on Wednesday, trollers asked for management revisions that would give them more time and opportunity to target this increasingly valuable species. The logic of the troller's request is not hard to follow.


  12. Capping caseloads 'not realistic' for state's probation officers without fundsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 26, 2015 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Rep. Chris Tuck addresses the Alaska House of Representatives, March 12, 2014. Tuck introduced a bill this session that attempts to cap the number of cases assigned to Alaska's probation officers at 60. Anchorage Rep. Chris Tuck says the goal of the legislation is to reduce prison reentry rates, but the Department of Corrections commissioner says the proposal would not be realistic without additional funding.


  13. Board of Fish meets in Sitka todayRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 23, 2015 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    On the agenda for the board are 107 proposals for changes in management to Southeast Alaska's herring, salmon, and groundfish fisheries. There are 16 proposals alone on Sitka Sound herring, from a variety of concerned stakeholders, including the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and commercial herring seiners.


  14. Quake shakes Southeast coastRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 18, 2015 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    The Alaska Earthquake Center says the quake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.4 struck about 1:16 p.m. Alaska time. It was located about 90 miles west of Juneau and about 115 miles northwest of Sitka at a depth of 13 miles.


  15. State budget cuts threaten local jailsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 17, 2015 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Sitka Police Officer Noah Shepard serves coffee to inmates in Sitka's jail, while supervisor Dave Nelson looks on. Police departments across the state have been taken aback by a state Department of Corrections proposal to end funding for local jails.


  16. Body of Sitka woman found on Unalaska trailRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 11, 2015 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Authorities in Dutch Harbor have confirmed that the body found on Pyramid Peak Monday is that of 33-year old Sitka woman, Jessica Acker. Acker apparently left Westward Seafoods, where she worked as a fisheries observer, for a hike on Pyramid Peak Sunday afternoon.


  17. NPFMC to review 50 percent cut on halibut bycatchRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 10, 2015 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Halibut harvests have been on the decline in the Bering Sea for several years. But the amount that trawlers and catcher-processors are allowed to take incidentally has stayed the same.


  18. Pilot program to arm VPSOs advancesRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 6, 2015 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    YK Delta VPSOs spoke with DPS officials about the process of arming VPSOs during training in Bethel. Village Public Safety Officers in Western Alaska will be participating in a pilot program that could make them the first VPSOs in the state to carry weapons in their job.


  19. 'Gremlins' partially to blame for Sitka outageRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 5, 2015 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Utility director Chris Brewton says he would have "bet his paycheck" that there would have been more outages like today's during the commissioning of the Blue Lake turbines. Instead, he expects to do more fine-tuning over time.


  20. 1,000-acre timber sale proposed for Haines State ForestRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 4, 2015 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    A proposal for the largest potential timber sale in the Haines State Forest in 20 years is up for public comment until the end of this week. The 1,000-acre sale has a diminutive name: Baby Brown.


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