A nurse’s mission to heal Nepal — and herself A nurse’s mission to heal Nepal — and herself

A nurse's mission to heal Nepal -- and herself

Women from the Upper Tsum Valley gather for a class on childbirth and recovery offered by one of Frazin’s team. (Tsum Valley Medical Mission photo) A nurse at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka puts the travel in “traveler.” Rachel Frazin spent nearly a month last spring providing medical care in one of Nepal’s most remote valleys — and she’s already planning another trip. But Frazin’s efforts were not … more

Local News

Wilderness guide medevacked after bear mauling in Sitkoh Bay

An Air Station Sitka helicopter prepares to hoist a litter carrying the victim of a brown bear mauling in Sitkoh Bay. Rescue swimmer Christopher Austin says the woman was not ambulatory, "But the good news is that she was talking to me." (USGS image)

A helicopter from Air Station Sitka medevacked two wilderness guides from Sitkoh Bay Thursday afternoon (Thu 8-18-16), after they were mauled by a brown bear while leading a hiking expedition. more
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Sitka church a refuge ‘as mountains slide into the sea’

Pastor Paul McArthur says Grace Harbor Church is just a tool for the ministry, like the "hands and feet of its congregation." He doesn't think the church changed much after its dramatic role in the slide recovery effort, although it did have to serve temporarily as a Catholic sanctuary. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

In the aftermath of last August's landslide, Sitka staged a 24-hour relief effort out of Grace Harbor Church, the nearest building with the capacity to feed dozens of relief workers, shelter neighborhood evacuees, and to comfort the hundreds of residents awaiting news of the victims. more
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Notes from the Landslide: One Year Later

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Today (08-16-16) is the one-year-anniversary of the August 18th landslide in Sitka. In the week that followed, many in Sitka volunteered food, shelter, and sweat to the recovery effort. And amid these gestures of aid, one of the most healing agents was words. more
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State News

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Disaster declaration issued as Matanuska River threatens Butte; Juneau Assembly passes long-awaited equal rights ordinance; Kenai Assembly considers moment of silence after Satanic prayer, protest, counter-protest; cruise-ship evacuation exercise begins as luxury liner prepares for Arctic Ocean transit; NASA keeps watch of shrinking Arctic ice; low sea ice and warm water to drive autumn weather; Anchorage police release name of man found dead on road; Q&A: Rep. Muñoz sought lenient sentences for convicted child abusers, Empire reports

NASA keeps watch of shrinking Arctic ice

The future of monitoring Arctic ice begins in space. Listen now

Kenai Assembly considers moment of silence after Satanic prayer, protest, counter-protest

Tonight, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Vice President Brent Johnson plans to introduce an ordinance that would replace the invocation, or prayer said at the beginning of meetings, with a moment of silence. Earlier this month, an invocation by a member of the Satanic Temple was offered before the assembly. The prayer sparked a protest, and a counter-protest. Listen now

The Morning Interview

A look inside the Port Alexander Museum

The PA Historical Society incorporated in 1994, but the project picked up speed a decade ago, when a donor offered Karl Hansen’s original house for a museum.

Karen Lucas, President and Founder of the Port Alexander Historical Society, talks about the history of the island community, the museum, and new artifacts from Port Alexander's 1930s heyday. Downloadable audio. more
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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 weekdays at the station, at the Sitka Farmers Market September 3rd and 10th, and occasionally at Sea Mart. Outside of Sitka? Give us a call at (907) 747-5877. The drawing will be on air Friday, October 21. Thank you to Alaska Airlines for donating the tickets for this station fundraiser, all proceeds benefit Raven Radio. more
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Southeast News

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Citing federal budget cuts, Southeast Alaska’s regional tribal government is temporarily ending programs that provide food, clothing and shelter to its most needy clients. more

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An employee with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game from Petersburg was treated for a shotgun wound last week following an incident on the Stikine River involving another department employee. more

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Southeast Alaska’s regional tribal government is temporarily ending programs that provide food, clothing and shelter to its most needy clients. more

NPR News

Quake Levels Buildings In Several Italian Towns; At Least 10 People Killed

The quake struck just after 3:30 a.m. and was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including Rome where people in homes in the historic center felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.

Berkeley's Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption Of Sugary Drinks

According to a new study, the nation's first soda tax succeeded in cutting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. But there's uncertainty about whether the effect will be permanent.

Zika Images Show 'Worst Brain Infections That Doctors Will Ever See'

Babies born with small heads are "just the tip of the iceberg" of what Zika does to a fetus's brain, says Dr. Deborah Levine, a contributor to a new study.