School board forum pits local control vs. everything else School board forum pits local control vs. everything else

School board forum pits local control vs. everything else

Challenger Ed Gray (l.) and incumbent Jennifer McNichol have two very different approaches to education. Gray would like to dismantle testing and sever ties with the US Department of Education, and give parents more control over schools; McNichol believes that public education is the “foundation that we all develop from,” and individualism, creativity, and choices stem are b … more

Kentucky man mauled by brown bear on Admiralty Island Kentucky man mauled by brown bear on Admiralty Island

Kentucky man mauled by brown bear on Admiralty Island

Adkins and his Juneau-based guide were hunting in Chaik Bay near Angoon, about 35 miles northeast of Sitka. A man was mauled by a brown bear Thursday (9-22-16), on southern Admiralty Island. It’s the fourth incident of its kind in the region since August. Megan Peters is a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers. “At approximately 8:30 in the evening there was a guide and a client that … more

Live coverage of the Presidential Debates Live coverage of the Presidential Debates

Live coverage of the Presidential Debates

KCAW will broadcast all three presidential debates, and the one vice-presidential debate, live in their entirety, on the following evenings: Monday, September 26, 2016, 5 – 7 PM. 1st Presidential Debate at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. Moderator: NBC’s Lester Holt. Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 5 – 7 PM. Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. Moder … more

New SNHP superintendent has spent a lifetime in parks New SNHP superintendent has spent a lifetime in parks

New SNHP superintendent has spent a lifetime in parks

David Elkowitz started his career as a 10-year-old volunteer. (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell) There’s a new superintendent at Sitka National Historical Park, and he may not mind a rainy weekend. KCAW’s Emily Russell sat down with David Elkowitz, who recently arrived in town from West Texas. Downloadable audio. To say David El … more

UPDATE: Body of missing hiker found UPDATE: Body of missing hiker found

UPDATE: Body of missing hiker found

A Coast Guard helicopter searches Tuesday (9-21-16) for a missing man last seen on the Mt. Verstovia Trail on Monday. (Photo by Eugene Solovyov) UPDATE: Body of missing hiker found The body of Michael Hansen was found by searchers earlier today (09/23/16). Thirty-seven year-old Hansen was a former Army ranger and moved to Sitka earlier this summer. Hansen’s family has been notified of his death. The in … more

Election Coverage

Seeking re-election, Swanson lets his vote do the talking


Aaron Swanson is running for the re-election to the Assembly. He wants to return to his seat to continue solving the puzzle before the Assembly: how to pay for city government, while managing the cost of living. more
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State News

Pipeline Promises: Alaska’s 40-year quest for a natural gas line

For more than 40 years, Alaska has tried, and failed, to bring natural gas from the North Slope to market. In this 5-part series, Alaska's Energy Desk explores why the state has struck out - and what it plans to try next.

Alaska New Nightly, Friday September 23, 2016

Alaskans weigh in on this year's smaller dividend check. State calls truce in Prudoe Bay dispute. After 42 hours, barricade suspect found dead in home. Courts sides with UCIDA on Cook Inlet Salmon Management. Anchorage expecting 24M budget shortfall from drop in state funds. Parole violation sends banished man back to jail. Travel fair brings PFD deals under one roof.

Parole violation sends banished man back to jail

Derek Adams, "The Banished Man" as some have begun to call him, was arrested Wednesday for violating his parole. Law enforcement officials found that he was carrying hundreds of dollars in cash and a large amount of what appears to be heroin.

NPR News

China Completes Largest Radio Telescope In The World

China says the 500-hundred meter telescope detected a radio signal originating 1,351 light-years from Earth. One of its uses is scanning for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life.

Aleppo Under The Most Intense Air Bombardment Since Syrian War Began, U.N. Says

The U.N. Secretary-General said he was "appalled by the chilling military escalation," and that the bombing of densely populated urban areas may amount to war crimes.

Marlins Pitcher José Fernández Dies In Boating Accident

The young ace was Major League Baseball's Rookie of the Year in 2013. When he died, he had the second most strikeouts of any pitcher in the National League.

News extras

Mayoral candidate forum – RESCHEDULED!


Sitka's next mayor will be either Matt Hunter, Mary Magnuson, or Ben Miyasato. Tune in at 6:30 PM Thursday, September 29 to hear their views and ask YOUR questions. 747-5877 or email more
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The Morning Interview

Sitka Community Theater recruiting for Radio Adventure Hour

Members of Sitka Community Theater are recruiting for this winter's Radio Adventure Hour – an hour of live radio theater with live sound effects – at Rasmuson Center. Downloadable audio. more
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Station Highlights

Stardust Save the Date


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Meet Raven’s Winter Fellow Emily Russell

Emily Russell Bio Photo

While originally from the small upstate town of Queensbury, New York, I've called Alaska "home" for the past four years. I moved in 2012 to pursue a Master's in Northern Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It was there, both inside and outside the classroom that I fell in love with the state's humbling landscapes, rich culture, and deep-rooted subsistence traditions. After completing my degree, I combined my thesis research on the Bering Strait region and love of radio and volunteered for a year as a reporter for KNOM Radio Mission in Nome. I'm thrilled to continue reporting now for KCAW and look forward calling Sitka "home." When I'm not out reporting, you'll likely be able to find me hiking, fishing, berry-picking, or trying to convince someone to take me hunting. Emily will be with Raven Radio through May of next year. more
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Southeast News

Southeast Conference looks at several models for reformed ferry system

Alaska Department of Transportation deputy commissioner Mike Neussl addresses the Southeast Conference annual meeting September 21, 2016.

Business and community leaders in Southeast Alaska are looking into how other ferry systems are operated around the world and a different way of managing Alaska’s ferries. The annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg in September focused on the first steps of a project to reform the state ferry system, find efficiencies and keep ferries running between coastal communities despite the state’s budget crisis. more

Mallott discusses Mental Health logging, BC mines


Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott was the keynote speaker at this week’s annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg. During his speech Wednesday, September 21, Mallott addressed climate change and fisheries, this year’s failed pink salmon runs, mining concerns on the transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska, the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and the Alaska Marine Highway System. Joe Viechnicki spoke with Mallott Tuesday about some of those topics, along with logging of Alaska Mental Health Trust Land near Petersburg. more

Students learn about earthquake preparedness

Mike Drummond briefs students at the Quake Shack while Jared Woody assists.

An earthquake simulator has been visiting Southeast communities the past few months. It made two stops in Ketchikan. A few third graders at Fawn Mountain Elementary School share their experiences. more