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Sitka Daily Sentinel (Newspaper) - April 5, 1990, Sitka, Alaska Member of the associated press the daily Sentinel thursday april 5,1990 volume 52 no. 67 Sitka Alaska 35c herring Sac Roe fishery under Way by Sentinel staff the Alaska department of fish and game opened the Sitka sound herring Sac Roe fishery at 2 . Today in an area off halibut Point in a late morning meeting at the Westmark inn fisheries biologist Bob Dejong told a crowded room of fishermen that test samples today showed that the Quality of the herring product appears to be higher than the past couple of years. A if we miss out now a i just can to see it getting any better a said de Jong. A i can see it getting nevertheless the announcement of the opening was not greeted with enthusiasm from All seiners. Some urged Dejong to hold off until fishermen and processors can negotiate a Price for the herring. But Dejong maintained that the department is obligated to open the fishery when it is biologically Correct and not to become involved in the politics of the Price dispute. After the meeting a number of permit holders met behind closed doors to plot strategy. But not All were present and with the opening Only two hours away time was working against them. Among their options was a mass Boycott of today a opening. But it was obvious that no agreement had been reached when 2 of clock rolled around and the seining free for All began in the area of the sound Between halibut Point Middle and Zavanski islands. As usual when the fishing occurs near the Sitka Road system crowds of onlookers lined the Beach to watch. The closure of the fishing period was to be announced by management biologists monitoring the catch and there was no estimate of How Long it might go on. In the past a years quota has been taken in a Short period on one Day but sometimes fishing May continue Over a number of weeks before the quota is filled. In announcing the opening Dejong told fishermen that test samples Early today showed mature Roe Content of 11.5 and 11.2 percent in the halibut Point area and up to 13.3 percent near the Cove. It was Only about 9 a percent last yer and the Price was a $100 a ton an All time Low. Dejong said there were other favourable factors today a a Good male female ratio and a Low percentage of immature fish. The herring were in the 120-Gram Range. A a it a almost a dream come True a Dejong said of the Quality. A the size is Good. I done to think we re going to beat a concern he said is that by waiting longer for an opening immature fish May begin mixing with the More mature herring. After the meeting one fish processor told the Sentinel that processors Are reluctant to set a Price before they know the Quality of the product. It is not unusual for a Price to be set Only after the fishery is Over and it likewise is not unusual for fishermen to be unhappy with this arrangement he said. After hearing Dijon go a report on Roe Content he said a i would guess the Price will be better than last in the past he said the Price has ranged from $100 to $2,000 a ton. Fish and game has set the 1990 Sitka sound quota at 4,150 tons. Sitka Hospital studies a smoke free policies by Allen Sykora Sentinel staff writer Sitka Community Hospital officials Are polling the Public before deciding whether the Hospital should be designated if the policy is adopted smoking would not be permitted anywhere in the building. The Hospital medical staff made the smoke free recommendation to the Hospital Board. The doctors have been polling their patients about the proposal and patients and visitors at the Hospital have been invited to fill out opinion questionnaires also. Sentinel readers can participate by completing the Survey form that appears on Page 6 of today a edition and returning it to the Hospital. Once the results Are in the Hospital Board will have the final say said administrator de Malewski. A right now smoking is restricted in the Hospital a he added. One a quiet room near the hospitals main Entrance has been designated for smokers and smoking is permitted in one conference room and at one table in the dining room. Patients College offers to give cemeteries to natives by Sentinel staff Sheldon Jackson College has offered the Sitka native Community title to two old cemeteries and native groups arc working to arrange Tor their restoration and maintenance principals in the pending agreement said this week. The cemeteries Are on Sheldon Jackson land. One is adjacent to the Public safely Academy off the Indian River Road and the Oiler is near the City incinerator site. They Are sometimes referred to As die old presbyterian cemetery and the student cemetery. Speaking at a meeting of the Alaska native brotherhood and sisterhood this week Sec president Michael Kaelke reaffirmed the colleges willingness to Transfer title to the cemeteries. The so Board of trustees reserved the cemetery tracts from College land it sold to the slate for the trooper Academy in the late 1970s, Kaelke said. He said the trustees think it is appropriate dial burial grounds holding the remains of native leaders be in native hands. A a it a unfortunate this did no to happen 50 years ago before the deterioration of the cemetery a he noted. A a it a none too Early to gel this and vice president Roy Bailey said he is acting As a Liaison Between and the Sitka Community association the Skalaska corporation and other native groups to secure funding for restoring and maintaining the cemetery. Bailey said Robert Sam a Volunteer who headed restoration efforts at the russian cemetery on Observatory Street and Al other Sitka area cemeteries has been asked to help. Bailey said he was optimistic the few remaining questions could be quickly resolved. A right now we Are singing the same song but with a different he commented. A if we can get everybody singing the same tune we be got it yet to be determined is the organization to which the title should be transferred and whether a nonprofit native cemetery association should be established for that purpose. Bailey said the Sitka cemetery is valuable historically with some of the Graves going Back to the Early 18 k s. The site May also be used to re Bury the remains of tlingit and other native people now being returned to Alaska from anthropological museums he said. Mounting up Tommy Thompson left and Hermin Martin process Sable fish Black cod at Sitka sound seafood wednesday. Both Sitka sound and North Pacific cold storage report a Good return of the fish so far comparable to that of last year. North Pacific Plant manager Tim Northrop said about 300,000 pounds has come in at his Plant and Sitka sound president Harold Tthompson said about 400,000 has been processed there. Both men expect the fishery which opened april i to continue several More Days. Sentinel photo by James Poulson candidates line up for lev meeting Are allowed to smoke in their rooms if they have permission of their doctor. But if the medical staff recommendation is adopted no smoking would be allowed by anyone inside the facility a few years ago the Southeast Alaska regional health corp. Board of directors made i. Edgecumbe Hospital smoke free with the exception of the alcoholism treatment and mental health in patient units where a smoking room is provided. There were no dissenting votes when the medical staff agreed to recommend the smoke free policy for Sitka Community Hospital said or. Robert Hunter chief of the medical staff. At least one of the doctors is a smoker he added. A number arc onetime smokers who quit. A i think its important for the Hospital to have a leadership role in this Issue a said Hunter. A we know that the airlines have made the move to make a smoke free environment some of the schools have done that and some Stales have done that in All Public continued on Page 8 by will Swagel Sentinel staff writer five candidates for governor will be in Sitka saturday to take part in a league of women voters forum. It will be i of the leagues annual state convention which is being held Here saturday and sunday. Democrat Tony Knowles and republicans Arliss Sturgeleski Rick Halford Jim Campbell and John Lin Dauer arc scheduled to participate in the forum. It is set for 7 30 . Saturday in the Centennial building and like All of the leagues convention activities will be open to the Public. A democratic candidate who is unable to attend it. Gov. Steve my Alpine May submit a 15-minute videotape that would be shown prior to the forum said Jody Marcello president of the provisional league of women voters of Sitka. She said Mcalpinc is out of the state attending a conference of lieutenant governors. Members of the audience will be Able to submit written questions for the candidates she said. Marcello said the theme of the convention is on recycling and Safe handling of hazardous wastes. Alaska department of environmental conservation commissioner Dennis Kelso will speak on that topic at luncheon scheduled for noon sunday at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus. Tom Turner of the Anchorage recycling Center is scheduled to address a luncheon meeting at the College at 12 30 . Saturday. Members of the Public who wish to have lunch while hearing the speakers arc asked to Call Sitka vice president Sandy Sandy Villar at 747-6797. The league of women voters of Alaska has about 400 members statewide and is affiliated with the National organization. Among other activities the non partisan group organizes candidate forums to inform voters. It also takes positions on Public policy issues such As the open meeting Law and Campaign financing. On the National front Tho group has recently lobbied for passage of the National voter registration act a the so called a motor voters Bill a which is designed to facilitate voter registration especially in Large cities said Villar. Marcello said last fall the Alaska league decided to join in the National leagues 15-Ycar-old Choice position on the abortion Issue but that local chapters Are allowed to take their own positions. A was a local league we have chosen not to be terribly Active on that Issue because we value the other things the league stands for a Marcello said. Marcello said Many people misunderstand the leagues role. The group is non partisan but takes positions on Public issues. While the league does not support individual candidates and league officers arc forbidden to be Active in political parties one of the main functions of the league is to research and take positions on issues of Public importance. The National league has recently focused on the issues of Campaign financing voter advocacy toxic wastes and Community needs Marcello said. At the convention the Alaska league members will decide on new advocacy projects and select officers. Charlotte Fox of Anchorage is to step Down As Alaska league president to be replaced by Marge Hays of Soldotna a psychology professor at Kenai Penn Sula College. Hays will serve a two year term. The monday after the convention the league plans a a Fly in to Juneau to lobby legislators on positions the league supports. No Oil detected on spill area shrimp Anchorage apr preliminary tests of some shrimp from Prince William sound have found no conclusive evidence of crude Oil contamination bul Exxon will run test pots i arts Institute receives Grant from state by Sentinel staff the Alaska Fine arts Institute formerly the Sitka Fine arts Camp has received an $11,138.52 Grant from the state Council on the arts for this Summers session Ann Morrison tile executive director of Alaska arts Southeast announced this week. In a news release issued this week Morrison called the Grant a a vote of Confidence. In a time of tight monies and funding the Institute is to be held june 17 through july 2 at i. Edgecumbe High school in Sitka for students now in seventh Grade through High school. A Grant application submitted in july 1989 for the Institute was rejected by the arts Council because it was late and lacked some specific information Council officials said at the time. This Grant reflects the feelings of the Council toward the application submitted in november Morrison said. A the Council hits recognized the past accomplishments of Alaska arts Southeast and Are excited about the changes being made at the present time and that is the reason we granted the Money a Joan Webster an arts Council member from Ketchikan is quoted in the release As saying. Information about die Institute or Alaska arts Southeast can be obtained by writing Alaska arts Southeast . Box 2133, Sitka a. 99835, or by calling 747-8177. The area to be sure officials said. Although further tests Are to be conducted this week Manny Soares seafood Section chief for the state division of environmental health said Early results showed no signs of Oil with one exception. The state Laboratory testing included taste and smell tests by several technicians As Well As ultraviolet screening and other processes to select traces of Petroleum compounds. A there was nothing on any of the samples with one minor exception a a Soares said. A one of the panel members detected a very faint diesel odor. The others did not detect it nor could they taste it in the product a he said. The shrimp were caught late last month in pots that had Sal on the sounds Bottom. Lines linking the pols together were fouled with smudges of weathered North slope crude said Robert Hurst the shrimp Fisherman who set the pots. Exxon officials have said the crude is not from the Tanker Exxon Valdez and suite officials last week said they can to determine where the crude came from. Hurst turned Over shrimp samples to state officials and has voluntarily kept his catch of f the Market Soares said. More sophisticated tests Are expected to be completed by the end of this week. If those tests also find no Oil then Hurst will be free to sell his catch Soares said. Hurst said his boat encountered Oil on three trips to a shrimping ground in the Northern nut of the sound near Saglik Bay. About 40 percent of tile lines attached to More than 400 pots were fouled crewman Jack Caron said. Oil was heaviest during on the boats first trip. A there were heavy blotches of Oil a Caron said. A the last times we were out there Wasny tas High amounts and it Wasny tas concentrated on the the boat will work the shrimping ground once More before the season closes sunday Caron said. Despite the negative preliminary suite test results an Exxon contracted boat is scheduled to drop test pots in the area where Oil was found said Jim Robertson an Exxon Media relations coordinator. A if they find anything there will be an analysis a Robertson said. Last week Exxon spokesman Joe Tucker said the company does no to think there is any submerged Exxon Valdez Oil. Exxon also does no to think the Oil that showed up on the pot ropes should cause any problems to shrimpers he said. Oil spill Bill moves to legislative conference Juneau apr legislation that would determine which state Agency oversees planning for Oil spills appears headed toward House Senate negotiations because of major differences Between the two Chambers. A House Bill that passed the chamber on a close vote wednesday would keep the department of environment Uil conservation in charge of reviewing the Oil Industry a spill response plans. It also would maintain the department As the final state decision making authority at Oil spills. The Senate Bill. Which passed the Senate finance committee on an even closer vote wednesday would move the Job of spill response planning to the emergency services division at die department of veterans and military affairs. The Oil Industry prefers the Senate version. Industry officials have testified that the emergency services division is belter equipped to Deal with spills and i her disasters. House democrats said the division should be relied on for logistical help with equipment and personnel but that dec has the scientific knowledge to review Industry spill response plans and manage the states cleanup Effort at spill Sites. A neither Side has backed Down a said Senate president Tim Kelly a Anchorage. Because the House Bill was the first to lass it will become the vehicle for carrying the legislation this session Kelly scud. The plan is to have the Senate quickly Amend the House Bill to suit its needs. The House then will reject the Senate changes and the measure will go to a conference committee for a solution he forms to be picked up it the census Bureau enumerators Haven to picked up your filled out questionnaire done to worry. Yet. Sylvia Carlton Community specialist with the census Bureau in Anchorage said the pick up is expected to be done on schedule by the first week of May. A we have an excellent team of workers in Sitka a she said. But if an enumerator Hasni to been by your House by the end of this month you can Call the Field operations office at 271-4262, Carlsson said. Forms were mailed to All residents in March

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