Garrison to step down from school board Garrison to step down from school board

Garrison to step down from school board

Sitka School Board President Lon Garrison speaks at a meeting in April, 2015. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW) Sitka School Board President Lon Garrison is stepping down, after eight years on the board and five as its head. He’ll be moving to Juneau to take a position as the School Improvement Coordinator for the Association of Alaska School Boards. “I will be working with school boards all over the s … more

Peanut is a “hoot” at Raptor Center Peanut is a “hoot” at Raptor Center

Peanut is a "hoot" at Raptor Center

Peanut is a 13-year-old Western Screech Owl currently living at the Alaska Raptor Center. KCAW photo/Vanessa Walker There’s a new bird in town, and she’s a little shy. After a long career in education, she doesn’t have a lot of patience for the classroom. But for the right student, she still has plenty to teach. These days, she’s settling into a comfortable retirement, just off Sawmill Creek Road– … more

Should Sitka change the name of Kettleson Memorial Library? Should Sitka change the name of Kettleson Memorial Library?

Should Sitka change the name of Kettleson Memorial Library?

One year ago, the entire library collection was moved to the Stratton building on the Sheldon Jackson Campus. The new library is slated to open in 2016, though the name is up for debate. (Robert Woolsey/KCAW photo) http://www.kcaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/150730_library.mp3 Downloadable audio. Curt Ledford, chair of the Library Commission, was joined by library supporter B … more

KCAW News is hiring a reporter KCAW News is hiring a reporter

KCAW News is hiring a reporter

KCAW is hiring a full-time reporter. This individual’s duties include almost everything under the sun (or under the clouds!): Covering school events and municipal politics, fisheries, tourism, forests, Native culture and politics, as well as interviewing major national office holders and seekers. Is this reporter you? Read a full job description and find out how to apply here. This job closes on Monday, August 24.

Local News

Fire destroys Sitka trailer home

A fire on Saturday night (8-3-15) destroyed a Sitka trailer home, but all three occupants escaped unhurt. The blaze was apparently sparked by fireworks. more
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So far: 2 running for school board, 1 for assembly

Cass Pook and Ed Gray have filed to run for the Sitka School Board. Matt Hunter will run for a second term on the Sitka Assembly. The candidate filing deadline is Friday, August 7. more
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Sitkans face heroin related charges

A Sitka grand jury has indicted three people for tampering with physical evidence related to a police investigation into heroin trafficking. more
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State News

3,000 in Anchorage to Lose Food Stamps Under Change to Work Requirement

Residents across the state told of changes in a June letter detailing work requirements many must meet in order to qualify for benefits longer than three months. Download Audio:

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, August 3, 2015

3,000 In Anchorage to Lose Food Stamps After Work Requirement Change; Alaska Exempt From New Federal Clean Power Rules; Murkowski Votes to Move Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill; Summer Work Underway at Red Devil Mine in Advance of Big Cleanup; Pregnant Kotlik Woman Loses Child After Assault; Former NICU Parent Helps Others Navigate A Stressful Time; With Subsistence Foods Running Short, Bering Strait Villages Receive A Donation of Halibut; Gambell Basketball Player Chooses Between Hometown Team and Seattle Offer Download Audio

Alaska Exempt From New Federal Clean Power Rules, For Now

The White House and the EPA today released the final version of its rule to cut carbon emissions from power plants. The administration's Clean Power Plan sets targets that states have to meet and requires them to submit plans detailing how they will acheive them. But Alaska will not have to comply with new mandates, at least not yet. Download Audio

Station Highlights

The Raven Radio Raffle is on!

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Raven Radio’s Alaska Airlines Raffle is going on now. This is your opportunity to win two round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies with no blackout dates. Tickets are $10 and available week days at the station or at upcoming Sitka … more
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Job Openings

KCAW News is hiring a reporter

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KCAW is hiring a full-time reporter. This individual's duties include almost everything under the sun (or under the clouds!): Schools, politics, fisheries, tourism, forests, and culture. Find a full job description here.. This job closes on Monday, August 24. more
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Raven Radio general manager job posted

Raven Radio, KCAW-FM, is looking for a General Manager to provide leadership to a five person professional staff and a large volunteer staff, in all aspects of community media. The successful candidate will have a strong management background and leadership skills, including … more
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Southeast News

Ketchikan tobacco tax to go before voters

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The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved a first reading of a tobacco tax Monday, but also agreed to set it in front of voters, and to dedicate at least half the net revenue for smoking cessation programs. more

Construction to start at B.C.’s Brucejack Mine

The Brucejack mine site is shown in this 2013 photo. British Columbia officials recently issued an environmental certificate that's an important part of the permitting process. (Courtesy Pretivm Resources)

Construction of another mine near a river that flows into Alaska could start this month. But the Brucejack project is sparking fewer concerns on this side of the border. more

New totem pole rises in Ketchikan shipyard

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Ketchikan’s newest totem pole arrived with a massive crowd Saturday in front of the Vigor shipyard. Both tribal members and Vigor employees saw it as a way to connect the community and the company. more

NPR News

The Strangest Presidential Campaign Ever

In the annals of American politics, there have been some pretty quirky quests for the White House.

Did Beijing's Olympics Song Lift Parts Of 'Let It Go'?

Does a Chinese song cross the line between inspiration and imitation? Many commenters online are saying yes.

In The Fight Against Tsetse Flies, Blue Is The New Black

For some unknown reason, the insects that transmit sleeping sickness in sub-Saharan Africa are attracted to the color blue. So scientists think blue flytraps could help wipe out the disease for good.