Sitka to sell several properties to Silver Bay Seafoods Sitka to sell several properties to Silver Bay Seafoods

Sitka to sell several properties to Silver Bay Seafoods

Selling off the park is within the GPIP board’s mission: “Unlike other property owned by themunicipality, the former Alaska Pulp Corporation mill site was acquired not for governmentalpurposes from the state or federal government, but for economic development and disposal.” (GPIP photo) Sitka will sell off a significant portion of its land at the Gary Paxton Industrial Par … more

Artesian well cleaned to improve flows; will be open tomorrow Artesian well cleaned to improve flows; will be open tomorrow

Artesian well cleaned to improve flows; will be open tomorrow

The flow rate of water from the artesian well had slowed significantly in the past few years, prompting the Sitka Ranger District to seek Title II funding through the Resource Advisory Committee for inspection and cleaning. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo) The Forest Service closed Sitka’s artesian well last Wednesday for a system flush that has been a long time coming. The well will … more

Morning host Melissa Marconi-Wentzel signs off Morning host Melissa Marconi-Wentzel signs off

Morning host Melissa Marconi-Wentzel signs off

Marconi-Wentzel has been hosting Morning Edition on and off since 2004. On her last day, she said, “I hope to be back some day. Raven Radio and all of the listening communities will never be far from my thoughts.” (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW photo) Thousands of KCAW listeners across the region – from Yakutat to Port Alexander – have awoken to the soothing voice of Melissa Marconi-Wentze … more

What does civil rights mean to 21st century kids? What does civil rights mean to 21st century kids?

What does civil rights mean to 21st century kids?

Skylar Wright won her award for her involvement in Youth Court. She is the only African American student at Pacific High School and as she tells KCAW, the transition wasn’t always easy. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo) Almost 50 Years after Martin Luther King Jr. led the march from Selma to Montgomery, that resulted in the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the landscape of civil rights has changed. There are ne … more

Send us your love notes, this Valentine’s Day Send us your love notes, this Valentine’s Day

Send us your love notes, this Valentine's Day

Dear KCAW Listeners, Do you have a romantic crush to confess? Maybe to your significant other, your wife of thirty years or your boyfriend of three days? Or maybe it’s someone you bump into all the time at the grocery store. Or that person who once served you coffee – with a smile? Basically, do you have a declaration of love you’d like to get off your chest? Sitka Lo … more

Local News

New Sealaska logging sites near earlier cuts

1-20-15 Sealaska Vice President and General Counsel Jaeleen Araujo, front row right, describes Tongass land being tranferred to the regional Native corporation under terms of recently-passed legislation. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)

Sealaska says it will begin logging its new lands later this year. The first parcels cut will be on Prince of Wales Island and the Cleveland Peninsula. more
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Sitka bike rider medevacked after collision with truck

A Sitka High School freshman was medevacked to Harborview Hospital in Seattle after being struck by a vehicle Friday evening (1-23-15). 15-year old Cody Bergman is in stable condition, according to close family friends, and he is responsive. However, doctors are keeping him sedated while they assess the extent of his injuries. more
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Marc Luiken is state’s new transportation commissioner

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There’s a new boss at the state agency overseeing roads, airports and ferries. more
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Southeast News

Ketchikan nurse contract talks enter mediation

Barbara Lander sent us this shot from Sunday morning's informational picket. She says about 50 people picketed Saturday, 60 showed up on Sunday, and about 30 demonstrated Monday morning.

Ketchikan nurses were picketing over the weekend as contract negotiations with PeaceHealth enter mediation this week. more

State board closes two areas to commercial Dungeness crab fleet

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Alaska’s Board of Fish this month for the most part voted down proposed closures for commercial Dungeness crabbing around Southeast. However, the board during a meeting in Wrangell did support closed areas around Angoon and Hoonah. more

Flu shots, hand hygiene encouraged to avoid winter illness

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Local health care providers are encouraging people to get a flu shot if they haven’t already and to practice good hygiene in the midst of wintertime cold and flu season. more

NPR News

ISIS Hostage Said To Announce New Deadline For Prisoner's Release

A Japanese hostage held by the violent extremist group ISIS has reportedly been forced to record a message setting a Thursday deadline for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner.

The Next Air Force One Will Be A Boeing 747-8

The Air Force says the decision came down to the American-made 747-8 or the Airbus A380, which is manufactured in France. But even with that pick, the 747 program might not last much longer.

Rare Fox Takes A Walk In The Park, And Yosemite Staff Cheer

It's been nearly 100 years since a sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox was documented in Yosemite National Park, according to park staff.

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Thank you to the 60 people that contributed a total of $4,000 to Raven Radio in 2014 using Pick. Click. Give. You can join them, and have a chance to double your own dividend this year by making an additional gift to Raven Radio when filing your PFD online this year. Thanks! more
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State News

Legislators Scrap Marijuana Bill With Controversial “Defense” Provision

The provision offered a legal defense for anyone brought to court for possessing an ounce after decriminalization, which critics testified was confusing, cumbersome, and went against the will of voters.

Project Homeless Connect connects vulnerable communities with services

More than 1,000 Anchorage residents experience homelessness every year. Though Anchorage has dozens of agencies to help people, reaching them all is difficult. In comes Project Homeless Connect.

Alaska News Nightly: January 28, 2015

Lawmakers Scrap Bill Addressing Pot Legalization; Anchorage Assembly Bans Marijuana From Public Use; State To Appeal Education Funding Lawsuit Ruling; Murkowski Swings at Obama's Arctic Wilderness Plan But Misses; With Greater Numbers, Democrats Hope For More Leverage Over Medicaid Expansion; Donlin Gold Closes Camp During Permitting; Sugar Creates Genetic Trouble For Coastal Alaska Natives; Project Homeless Connect Brings Services, Information To Anchorage’s Homeless; Scattered Services Make Homelessness In Haines Hard To Grasp Download Audio