“We’ve got an incredibly bright future to look forward to,” said Trish White, a Sitka Sound Science Center board member, shortly before Gil Truitt cut the ceremonial ribbon to reopen the unwrapped building.
Oktoberfest is officially over in Munich, but not here in Alaska where we're forever looking for an excuse to party. I'm fine with that, because aside from the Oktoberfest celebrations, I sure do love Oktoberfest-style beer, and we're swimming in the stuff right now.
The Bering Sea crab fleet now stands at 77 vessels, a far cry from the nearly 250 boats that participated in a frenzied race to pull pots before the fishery downsized to catch shares in 2005. Fewer boats means fewer hands on deck, and as with other fisheries, the Bering Sea crabbers are 'graying' and need to recruit young entrants to sustain the iconic fisheries. The shareholders have devised a way to give captains and crews a first crack at available crab.
ANGOON - Deep inside Admiralty Island National Monument, the distinctive sound of hand tools at work reverberates off the ancient forest. There, on a boggy section of single-track trail outside the tribal community of Angoon, two men are building a bridge that does much more than simply cross 10 yards of boot-eating muck. This unassuming wooden span is connecting generations, cultures and governments, showing a shared path forward for the Tongass National Forest and Southeast Alaska communities.