Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka

Robert Woolsey is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.
An iPhone screen says the current risk is "low"

New dashboard warns Sitkans of landslide risk

A landslide warning system developed in Sitka is now available to the public as an online dashboard, and work is underway to export the project to other communities in Southeast Alaska. The dashboard was unveiled at...
moving vans parked on a street

Despite near-record job availability, more recent arrivals are choosing to leave Alaska

In the 1990s, just over half of people who moved to Alaska in their 30s stayed for at least 10 years. Lately that’s fallen to about 40%.
A helicopter in the sky

3 crew members rescued after fishing boat sinks off Pelican

Coast Guard Petty Officer Matt Bitinas said the two crews that responded “saved three lives.”
people in a boat pull up a net

Management council declines action on Bering Sea bycatch to address Yukon-Kuskokwim salmon subsistence worries

The vast majority of callers at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting last week called for a reduction in bycatch limits, which they said would help reverse a dramatic trend of salmon declines on the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers.
A man leans against a Chevy Volt

Sitka is looking for a place to put its first public electric vehicle charging station

Sitka a national leader for EV ownership, but there isn’t a single public charging station.

Southeast Native Radio aired for just 16 years, but its voices live on in a new digital archive

Hundreds of hours of Southeast Native Radio broadcasts are now archived on the internet and available for anyone to listen to.
a dormant volcano as seen from plane

No, Mt. Edgecumbe is not about to blow, scientists say

When a series of earthquakes has no clear mainshock that set it off, it’s often described as a swarm.
A bald young man in a Filson jacket poses for a photograph on a porch

Sitka Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins to end his decade-long legislative career

Sitka Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins will end a decade-long legislative career when the Alaska House adjourns sometime later this year.
A photo of an electric meter on the side of a building

Sitka charter operator pleads guilty to electricity theft estimated at $200K

Under a plea agreement, Richard A. Forst must pay $144,925 in restitution to the City of Sitka and fines of $5,200.
A girl in a pink swim cap looks across a lane standing in a pool

Gold medalist Lydia Jacoby shares stories and laps with young Sitka swimmers

“I am inspired,” said one fan at the hour-long event “Inspired at how much faster she is than I am.”
Two seiner boats pull up nets in front of a rainforest town

The state has set a record harvest for Sitka herring, but a weak market will keep many of those fish in the water

Seiners landed only 16,000 tons of herring last year, which was just under half of the harvest guideline. In 2020 and 2019, there were no fisheries at all.
A man poses for a photo with a piece of art, and also a piece of art of him.

Dave Galanin remembered as a ‘Dog’ who carved in silver, but strummed in blues

The passing of Sitkan Dave Galanin in December was a two-fold loss for Alaska: He was a renown engraver in the Northwest Coast tradition, and he was singer and slide-guitarist from somewhere deep within the Delta blues.
A brown bear walks on a gravel path near bushes.

If Sitkans keep leaving out unsecured trash, the bears will keep coming, warns Fish and Game

A domestic chicken has about as many calories as a salmon, and even a greasy pizza box is rich in calories.
fat sow with white ears

Well-known white-eared bear found dead of gunshot wound in Sitka neighborhood

The sow was recognizable to many Sitkans for her white-tipped ears. Recently, she had been featured as the cover image on the Sitka Bear Report social media page. (Sitka Bear Report/Sam Schenck)
A giant brown bear paw.

Sitka committee wants to bring back bear task force after deadly season for brown bears

Thirteen brown bears have been killed in Sitka — 12 by wildlife authorities and one by a car.

An invasive parasite is taking over Alaska blue mud shrimp. Researchers want to kill it.

Orthione griffenis, or O. griffenis, eventually kills its host shrimp, and soon the remaining shrimp can’t find each other to reproduce, rendering a blue mud shrimp population extinct.
A white cruise ship on a dock

Arrival of Alaska’s first cruise ship of 2021 coincided with a major coronavirus outbreak in Sitka

Serenade of the Seas’ arrival coincided with a major coronavirus outbreak in Sitka, but that didn’t seem to affect the number of passengers visiting town — all of whom were vaccinated, except for children. There simply weren’t that many of them.
A cruise ship next to a forested hill

Sitka should prepare for a deluge of cruise passengers in 2022, dock owner says

Industry insiders say despite the potential loss of the 2021 season, 2022 could be the biggest cruise season ever.
A school building

Sitka looks to rename Baranof Elementary School after Native educator

The Sitka School Board recently decided to send the question of the name change to the Sitka Tribe, in hopes of identifying a “significant local cultural educator.”