Election Coverage

Christianson says experience is crucial

Thor Christianson has served nine years on the Sitka Assembly, starting in 1998. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

Thor Christianson has already spent nine years on the Sitka Assembly, last serving in 2013 -- and now, he’s back for more. Christianson is one of five candidates running for Sitka Assembly. If elected, he says he’ll bring experience, a centrist perspective, and a focus on education.
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Local News

Begich: Alaska will be ‘aggressive’ on MSA stock protections

Sen. Mark Begich speaking to the Sitka Chamber recently. He says Sen. Rubio has to "put down a scorecard" on Magnuson-Stevens," but the final bill will support Alaska's fisheries.

Sen. Mark Begich says the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act will not be moving forward without Alaska’s input. He says Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s bill (introduced on September 16) was intended to lay out language important to the Republican’s home state. It won’t necessarily be the final language in the bill.
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Art is big business in Southeast Alaska

The Sitka Summer Music Festival is part of Southeast Alaska's arts economy, which generated about $60 million in spending in 2013. Here, Artistic Director Zuill Bailey explains some musical backstories at 2014's final concert. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)

What are the arts worth to Southeast Alaska? A new economic study says at least $60 million a year in business.
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Conley, Fulton offer united front in school board forum

Candidates Tom Conley (l.) and Tim Fulton are familiar company. They served three years together previously on the school board. Funding pressures have kept the board focused -- and united -- in recent years. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Beginning next month, Sitka will have a school board solidly aligned in its opposition to vouchers, its opposition to amending the state constitution to allow public funding for private and parochial schools, and in its support of teachers. Two long-time board members participated in a candidate forum at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce.
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NPR News

Insurers Cautious As Proton Beam Cancer Therapy Gains Popularity

Supporters of the controversial, high-priced treatment say routine coverage would help propel research that would support its use. Skeptics say that approach is backward.

Obama Emphasizes Coalition In Comments On Syrian Strikes

President Obama spoke about airstrikes in Syria on Tuesday morning, moments before he left for New York for the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

Obama Calls For More Ambitious Approach To Climate Change In U.N. Speech

"There is such a thing as being too late," President Obama says in his address to the U.N. Climate Summit. The White House is touting tools to boost "global resilience" in the face of climate change.

Events

Raven Radio Raffle

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Raven Radio's Raffle is going on now for two Alaska Airlines tickets. The tickets are good for travel to any destination Alaska Airlines flies to with no blackout dates. Tickets are $10 each and available weekdays at the station. The drawing will be held Tuesday, October 21. All proceeds benefit Raven Radio. Thank you to Alaska Airlines for making this possible.
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Raven Rave: Tracy Gagnon

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Tracy Gagnon is a self-described "public radio addict" since discovering Raven Radio. She shares what the station means to her. What does it mean to you? Show your support here.
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Southeast News

Petersburg police investigate the death of a local man

Petersburg police are investigating the death of Dennis Moore, age 32, of Petersburg.

Ketchikan shipyard to build two Alaska ferries

It’s official: The Ketchikan Shipyard will build two new ferries for the State of Alaska over the next few years.

Hospital roof complete after a year of construction

Administration at the Petersburg Medical Center is relieved to finally get the new roof project completed this week.

State News

Banned Books Week: ‘Captain Underpants’ Tops List Filled With Literary Classics

Today we’re celebrating banned books. Yesterday marked the beginning of banned books week, and Loussac Librarian Stacia McGourty says this week is a huge deal for her profession. Download Audio

State Ordered to Improve Voting Materials for Alaska Natives

A federal judge issued an order to the State of Alaska in a voting rights case Monday. In her 8-page order, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason said the state must take additional steps to provide voting materials to Alaska Natives with limited English. Listen now:

Senate Candidates Vie for Rural Support

This year's U.S. Senate race in Alaska is shattering records for spending, with millions in outside dollars directed mostly toward TV ads. With less than two months before the general election, both campaigns are also aggressively seeking an edge on the ground in rural Alaska. Listen now: