BOX OF TREASURES – Haida artist Holly Churchill, of Ketchikan, shows Sitka High School senior Myles Magie a weaving technique on a cedar bark basket Wednesday in the Sitka High art room. Churchill finished a three-week residency today sponsored by the Sitka School District and Sealaska Heritage Institute's Sharing Our Box of Treasures" program. Her residency included work in the high school's new dual-credit program with UAS, the Northwest Coast Arts class, and sessions with Blatchley Middle School and the Sitka Native Education Program Culture Class. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Fisherman Gets $35K Fine, Jail In SE Violations

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A southeast
Alaska commercial fisherman convicted
of fishing in a state research area has
been sentenced to 30 days in jail and
fined more than $35,000.
Alaska State Troopers say 45-yearold
Jonathan McGraw Jr. of Naukati
Bay pleaded guilty last week to fishing
in closed waters of Whale Pass and
providing false information on a fish
ticket. Both are misdemeanors.
Wildlife troopers determined that
McGraw in late 2017 and early 2018
harvested sea cucumbers in the research
area where commercial diving
is never permitted.
He was fined $35,228. The fine
matched the value of the sea cucumbers
caught on seven occasions and totaling
7,506 pounds (3405 kilograms).
McGraw will lose his commercial
fishing privileges and be on probation
for one year.

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