WEEKEND HANGOUT – Gina Lusher, foreground right, and other Sitka Cirque aerialists rehearse Thursday night for this weekend’s show, Cirque Noir, at the 207 Smith Street studio. The show includes cage dancers, live music and champagne. Kids from first grade through high school will have a separate fundraiser showcase event Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tickets for both shows are available online at sitkacirque.com. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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Herring Predators Seen, But Still No Sign of Prey

By Sentinel Staff

Larger numbers of herring predators such as humpback whales and sea lions are being seen in Sitka Sound, but they haven’t moved far from where they were earlier this week, the Department of Fish and Game announced after an observation flight Wednesday.

“While it is unusual to observe larger concentrations of herring predators in the shallow waters off the southeastern Kruzof Island shoreline this time of year, predator locations have remained largely unchanged since first observed,” Fish and Game announced Wednesday.

The department first noted the higher concentration of predators in shallow waters at Hayward Strait on Monday, and an aerial survey Wednesday between St. Lazaria Island and Krestof Sound located predators along the eastern shore of Kruzof Island.

“Humpback whales were observed in the shallower waters of the Kruzof Island shoreline from Inner Point to Hayward Strait and south of the Siginaka Islands. Large numbers of sea lions were again observed off the rock piles between Inner Point and Kamenoi Point,” the department noted.

No schools of herring or herring spawn have been seen in any of the observed areas.

Fish and Game said the next aerial survey is planned for Friday.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather statement for Southeast today, with heavy rain and wind forecast.

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AK COVID-19

At a Glance

(updated 9-12-2023)

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 8:57 a.m. Tuesday, September 12.

New cases as of Tuesday: 278

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 301,513

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,485

Case Rate per 100,000 – 38.14

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 152.50

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,575

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.

 

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20 YEARS AGO

December 2003

The Sawmill Cove Industrial Park board of directors endorsed a final contract tuesday for the city to sell a minimum of 40 million gallons of reservoir water per year to an export company based in New York City. ... under the contract Quest would have the right to purchase up to 1 billion gallons of water per year at 1 cent per gallon

 

50 YEARS AGO

December 1973

 The City and Borough of Sitka conducted a community public opinion poll evaluating municipal services and facilities. ... The overall results gave this priority order: 1. roads and highways; 2. water and sewer; 3. downtown parking; 4. garbage collection and disposal; 5. hospital and medical facilities; 6. planning and zoning; 7. boat harbors.

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