Mayor candidates share ideas, with few differences Mayor candidates share ideas, with few differences

Mayor candidates share ideas, with few differences

Candidates Ben Miyasato (left), Matt Hunter (center), and Mary Magnuson (right) fielded questions from chamber members for 90 minutes. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey) Sitka’s next mayor will be practical, realistic, and committed to making Sitka a better, more affordable place to live. But whether he or she teaches Math, owns a popular restaurant, or has served 20 years in the Alaska National Guard w … more

Marijuana fees could fund student travel Marijuana fees could fund student travel

Marijuana fees could fund student travel

The Assembly wants to dedicate all the money it collects from marijuana licensing fees to travel for student activities. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey) During their regular meeting last Tuesday night (09-27-16), the Assembly approved – on first reading – a dedicated fund for student activity travel using marijuana fees.  See ordinance here: Ord 2016-39 The ordinance, co-sponsored by Assemblyman Ste … more

Board appoints Brady-Howard to 1-year term Board appoints Brady-Howard to 1-year term

Board appoints Brady-Howard to 1-year term

The Sitka School Board has appointed a Mt. Edgecumbe teacher to fill a one-year vacancy. The board named Social Studies teacher Dionne Brady-Howard to the seat after five rounds of deadlocked balloting. During her interview prior to the vote, Brady-Howard outlined her educational philosophy. “We’re at a really unique time in education right now. We’ve left behind No Child Left Behind, and moved in … more

How the Blue Lake Dam is costing Sitka How the Blue Lake Dam is costing Sitka

How the Blue Lake Dam is costing Sitka

Sitka’s Electric Department is in crisis. There isn’t enough money to both keep up with bond payments on the Blue Lake Dam and address needed infrastructure repairs. To fix this, the Assembly plans to increase rates by another 5% rate increase this year and draw money from other funds. (Blue Lake Expansion photo/Desiree Brandis) The city of Sitka is struggling to pay off the Blue Lake Dam in a big … more

An Octopus was running down the street… An Octopus was running down the street…

An Octopus was running down the street...

This giant octopus ran the entire course during Raven Radio’s Only Fools Run at Midnight fun run last June. If a colossal cephalopod can canter 5k, YOU can click here right now to support your community radio station. Thank you!

Election Coverage

Mayoral candidate forum – TOMORROW!

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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 news@kcaw.org. more
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Local News

Forest Service adds to Admiralty Island wilderness

Logged lands at the head of Lake Kathleen, on Admiralty Island, are among those Shee Atiká has sold to the Forest Service to add to its Kootznoowoo Wilderness Area. (Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.)

About 4,500 acres of heavily-logged forest will return to wilderness under a deal involving the federal government and a Southeast Alaska Native corporation. more
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Searchers suspect hiker fell to his death

The body of a missing hiker was found by searchers in Sitka on Friday afternoon (09-23-16). SAR captain Lance Ewers believes Hansen slipped while hiking off-trail on his way down Mt. Verstovia. more
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UPDATE: Body of missing hiker found

Michael Hansen was last seen leaving his apartment at 10:30 a.m. Monday. His vehicle was found at the trailhead, off Sawmill Creek Road, at noon today , 9-20-16. (Courtesy Sitka Search and Rescue)

The body of Michael Hansen was found by searchers earlier today (09/23/16). Hansen’s family has been notified of his death and the investigation is ongoing. more
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State News

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Rep. Young bucks tide, supports Obama on veto; Alaska transportation agency fined over waste storage; Homer Electric wants more control, is that best for consumers?; 1919: The Spanish Flu in Dillingham; Forest Service purchases 4,500 acres of Cube Cove forest; Bethel Native Corporation opens Bethel's second liquor store; ask a Climatologist: Long temperature streak ends; Luxury cruises don’t signal Arctic shipping boom, expert says Listen Now

Bethel Native Corporation opens Bethel’s second liquor store

Bethel has another liquor store. At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Bethel Native Corporation opened Bethel Spirits on Front Street. It’s the second liquor store to open in Bethel this year after an almost half century ban on legal alcohol sales. Listen Now

Alaska transportation agency fined over waste storage

The state transportation department has been fined $118,100 for its handling of hazardous waste at a maintenance facility in Juneau. Listen Now

NPR News

When Mrs. Eisele Took Manhattan: Big City Failed To Awe Minnesota Journalist

In 1936, Country Home magazine sent its "rural correspondent of the year" Susan Eisele on a trip to NYC. With a 6-week-old in tow, she soaked up the city and hit it off with hard-bitten newspapermen.

The Day Shimon Peres Returned To His Boyhood Village

Like many founding fathers of Israel, he was born in Eastern Europe. After the Soviet Union collapsed, he returned in 1992 searching for his old family home.

California Eliminates Statute Of Limitations On Rape Cases

The bill is widely believed to be inspired by allegations against comedian Bill Cosby, after some of his accusers came forward long after the alleged sexual assaults took place.

The CorvidEYE

Sitka XC boys place first, girls second at Region V Championships

The start of the 1A/2A/3A boys race.  (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell).

The Sitka boys cross country team took home first place at the recent Region V race (09/24/16), with Mt. Edgecumbe coming in second. The girls finished second behind Petersburg, and Mt. Edgecumbe girls placed third. more
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The Morning Interview

Series at Sitka Community Hospital to focus on childbirth education

Sharon Sullivan, lactation consultant and childbirth educator at Sitka Community Hospital, discusses the upcoming childbirth education series, starting Monday, October 3. Downloadable audio. more
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Station Highlights

Meet Raven’s Winter Fellow Emily Russell

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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

Assembly urges Mental Health to reconsider 115 acres and takes step towards pot ordinance

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The Wrangell Borough Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday urging the Alaska Mental Health Trust to reconsider trading 115 acres of land to the Forest Service and passed the first reading of Marijuana zoning codes.

The Wrangell assembly’s resolution supports an … more

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Assembly candidate Jeigh Stanton-Gregor talks borough issues

Jeigh Stanton--Gregor, 39, of Petersburg is running for reelection for Petersburg borough assembly.

There is only one race in Petersburg's municipal election on Tuesday. Three people are running for two open seats on the Petersburg borough assembly. more

Petersburg votes on commercial pot sales prohibition

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Petersburg voters on Tuesday will be deciding whether to allow commercial marijuana sales and importing pot into the borough for sale. Supporters of prohibition don’t want the new industry or increased drug use in the borough, while opponents say pot sales should be done out in the open, regulated and taxed. more