SUPPLY CHAIN WOES – James Pelletier, Yellow Jersey bicycle mechanic, is surrounded by cycles waiting to be repaired as he points to empty display racks at the Harbor Drive store. The main showroom rack, which can hold two dozen new bicycles, now holds only three bicycles (including an unclaimed special-order $5,000 electric mountain bike) for sale. A nationwide supply chain disruption of bicycles and parts is not expected to be alleviated any time soon. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Fisheries Funds To Be Split Among 3

By ARIADNE WILL
Sentinel Staff Writer

The Sitka Assembly apportioned a fisheries enhancement fund to three organizations, in a 6-1 vote Tuesday night.

The Sitka Sound Science Center will receive $23,000, Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association will receive $10,000, and Alaska Trollers Association will receive $5,000.

The distribution was proposed in a motion by Assembly member Richard Wein.

A motion to give $3,000 more to the troller group failed. Assembly member Kevin Mosher said it was needed because of Sitka’s stake in an ongoing legal battle between NOAA and Seattle-based Wild Fish Conservancy. The suit could jeopardize trolling practices in Southeast Alaska.

“(The lawsuit) is an existential threat to our town,” Mosher said. “(ATA) needs money and they need it now.”

Discussion before the Assembly came hours after ATA received word that an injunction filed by WFC has failed before a Seattle magistrate. 

The fisheries enhancement fund is the result of a city tax on the catch of guided sport fishermen; the revenue in the past has been awarded primarily to the science center. The tax was passed into Sitka General Code in January 2007.

“The voters approved this fish box tax on guided sport fishermen because they wanted these people to help enhance the fisheries of Sitka Sound,” Lisa Busch, executive director of SSSC told the Assembly. “Though commercial fishermen most certainly benefit from our operation... they do not actually pay us to do it,” Busch said, speaking of the SSSC fish hatchery. 

Busch said the fish box tax is a way for SSSC to “recoup the costs associated with putting fish in the water.”

The center applied for the full $38,000 available from the fund.

“We believe our hatchery program is exactly what the voters intended,” Busch said, adding that the hatchery “enhances the fisheries for the widest breadth of the community.”

ALFA Executive Director Linda Behnken spoke about the longliner association’s request for $10,000. She said the organization used the $10,000 to promote policy engagement, research and programs that benefit a healthy fishing community.

The organization’s membership includes longliners, trollers, seiners and gill netters and has received funds from the fish box tax since 2016.

 

 

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-21-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 46

Total statewide – 6,950

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 17 (7 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 41 (37 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 266.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 

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20 YEARS AGO
September 2000

Enrollment is down by more than 100 students from last year, a decline four times greater than anticipated in the budget, Sitka School District Superintendent John Holst said today. The budget was based on an enrollment down by only 25 students.

50 YEARS AGO
September 1970

The borough assembly approved unanimously an ordinance authorizing expenditure of $12,000 for a redevelopment plan for the Sitka Indian Village. ... Judy Christianson, a member of the Sitka Community Action Group board of directors, has suggested that the planning be handled by a private social service organization called Habitats West.

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