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Raven Rave: Celia Lubin

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Poetry on Raven Radio in April! Poetry on Raven Radio in April!

Poetry on Raven Radio in April!

The Kettleson Poetry Club is helping Raven Radio celebrate National Poetry Month in April! This group of 8-10 year olds have been reading, examining and writing their own poems, and you’ll be able to hear them after The Writer’s Almanac all throughout the month. We need your support to keep this level of diverse, local programming going strong. Click here to contribute!   document.createElement('audio'); http://www.kcaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/poetryclub011.mp3

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Youth activists march for respectful, non-violent relationships

The Choose Respect March is a statewide initiative to combat Alaska’s high rates of sexual assault and domestic violence. In Sitka, the march ended in speeches by student activists. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo) People in 170 communities across Alaska took to the streets today (3-26-15) for the Choose Respect March, a statewide effort to end domestic violence and sexual assault. In Sitka, about 150 participants fr … more

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Sitka girls claim first-ever state Basketball title Sitka girls claim first-ever state Basketball title

Sitka girls claim first-ever state Basketball title

The Lady Wolves celebrate their regional win in Ketchikan, before heading to state in Anchorage. (Ingfrid Olney-Miller photo) Sitka High Lady Wolves head coach Sondra Lundvick and players Sid Riggs (sr) and Zosha Krupa (soph) talk about their team’s journey from the losers’ bracket in the Regional tournament to winning the state 3A championship. http://www.kcaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/150324_Lundvick.mp3 Downloadable audio.

Local News

Postcard from Herring Camp: Walking in both worlds

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As a host of herring arrived in Sitka Sound last week, another school clamored to be out on water. Nineteen students spent their Spring Break at the Knowledge of Herring Camp - a 5-day program that taught students both the cultural and ecological significance of this critical resource. more
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Sac roe fishery closes after slow and steady week

The Sequel makes a set during the fifth opening of the 2015 sac roe herring fishery, on March 22. (Photo courtesy of Big Dog Fish Company)

The 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is over. The fleet reached its quota of about 8700 tons of herring on Wednesday evening (3-25-15), after a full week of slow and steady cooperative fishing. more
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Despite voting down rate hike, Assembly says rates will rise

Workers pouring cement at the Blue Lake dam in June, 2014 (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

The Sitka Assembly voted down a proposed electric rate increase at its meeting Tuesday night. But that doesn’t mean rates aren’t going up. The real question isn’t whether rates will rise, but by how much. And city staff have found some creative ways to soften the impact. more
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State News

Alaska Senate Delays Vote On Pot Legislation

The Alaska Senate has delayed a vote on its signature marijuana bill after saying they need more time to consider an amendment that would largely ban concentrates. Download Audio

Alaskans Testify On Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Bill

Lawmakers took public testimony for the first time Thursday on Governor Bill Walker's bill to expand Medicaid. The public spoke during the last 30 minutes of the House Health and Social Services committee's hearing on HB 148. Download Audio

Murkowski Adds Federal Land Disposal Measure to Budget

Environmentalists are saying a budget amendment authored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski could lead to a plundering of treasured federal landscapes. Murkowski’s amendment on federal land disposals was part of a national budget resolution the Senate passed early this morning. Senators offered hundreds of amendments that don’t have the force of law but often serve symbolic or political purposes. Download Audio

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The 2015 Mugs Are In!

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The 2015 Raven Radio mugs are in! This year the mugs are hand-made pottery created right here in the USA, and features a logo by Vern Culp, from the original sign-on poster in 1982. Every mug is hand-glazed, making each … more
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Southeast News

School, borough officials discuss Wrangell Public Schools budget

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The Wrangell School Board met with the Wrangell Borough Assembly last week to discuss the school district’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the potential shortfall it is facing from a loss of state and federal funding. more

Petersburg’s newest, largest committee tackles pot regulation

Photo from flickr/Creative Commons/Brett Levin/LEGAL Colorado marijuana grow

Petersburg’s newest committee is tackling the thorny issues around regulating the production, sales and use of marijuana in the community. The large new group met for the first time Wednesday and split up into subcommittees. more

Petersburg considers end to visitor industry grants

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A committee that recommends how to spend Petersburg’s hotel bed tax proceeds may not be meeting anymore after next year. The transient room tax committee this week voted to recommend dissolving their group and changing the way the borough handles the revenue in the future. Joe Viechnicki reports. more

NPR News

Mass Tax Foreclosure Threatens Detroit Homeowners

Tuesday is the deadline to begin what many call the largest U.S. mass tax foreclosure. With the city counting on tax revenue, the owners behind on payments may be forced out of their homes.

California's Death Row, The Nation's Largest, Runs Out Of Room

The death-row population in the state is growing because no one has been put to death in nearly a decade. Gov. Jerry Brown is asking for more money to open 100 more cells.

Airstrikes In Yemen Intensify, Hit Refugee Camp

Airstrikes intensified as Houthi rebels advanced on the port city of Aden. Aid agencies say one airstrike killed dozens at a refugee camp, while Yemeni officials blamed rebel shelling.