Local News

Assembly considers vehicle tax to fund roads

Sitka’s car owners may soon see a fee increase. The assembly voted 5 to 1 Tuesday night to raise vehicle registration fees. Money raised through the tax would go towards the city’s roads. more
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Daniels pushes students to bring jazz to life

Dee Daniels (r.) works with Juliana Loughin on the phrasing in her song "The Glove." Daniels says there's a process of "breakdown and breakthrough" that enriches singers lives outside of music. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

The Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop is underway this week in Sitka (July 18-25). For the last two years, Daniels has interrupted her touring and teaching schedule to live at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and coach a half-dozen students of widely-ranging ages and ability. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey recently stopped by her class and learned how much work it takes to make jazz seem effortless. more
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Sitka providers back new parenting program

Dr. Matt Hirschfeld introduces Triple P to Sitka health and welfare professionals. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)

Parenting is one of the most difficult and complex tasks many of us will undertake in our lifetimes. Kids don’t come with an instruction manual. Yet across cultures, there is a deep-rooted reluctance among parents to ask for help. Sitka is one of the communities being considered for a new program designed to teach healthy parenting. more
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Women crush record in soggy ’14 Alpine Adventure Run

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On a day that seemed almost guaranteed to produce no record times, two Sitka women on Saturday (7-19-14) crushed the course record in the 21st Alpine Adventure Run. Tasha Folsom took first place in the women’s event, with a time of 1:18:10 -- a full two minutes faster than the record set last year by New York runner Emily deLaBruyere. Second-place woman Emily Routon also beat last year's record time. more
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State News

Alaska News Nightly: July 23, 2014

Fishers in Tell State to Stop Commercial Openings; State Releases New Mercury Guidelines; Enstar Hearing Packed; Judge Rules in Set Netting Case; Canadian Environmental Officials Give OK to Mine Near Ketchikan; Arctic Birds Show More Signs of Mercury; Cup'ik Language Gets App; Daniels Leads Jazz Workshop

Kuskokwim Fishers: Stop Commercial Openings, Call in Feds

The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group wants the state to end to all commercial openings for the remainder of the summer. The say despite unmet subsistence needs the state has allowed commercial salmon openings. Some upriver fishermen are fed up with the state, and want the Federal Subsistence Board to manage the river from here on out.

Community protests Enstar rate volatility

Community members packed the hearing room of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska Wednesday morning in Anchorage. They pushed for consistent gas pricing from Enstar in response to a recent big jump in rates.

Station Highlights

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Raven Staff 2014 Summer

Raven Radio staff gather during this year's Solstice Cruise. From left to right: Office Volunteer Megan Pasternak, General Manager Ken Fate, Morning Edition Host Melissa Marconi Wentzel, Summer Intern Greta Mart, Development Director Amy Kramer Johnson, News Director Robert Woolsey, CoastAlaska Executive Director Mollie Kabler, News Reporter Rachel Waldholz, Program Director Rebecca LaGuire more
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Events

Raven Radio Raffle

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Tickets for the annual Raven Radio Raffle are available this Saturday at the Farmer's Market, also weekdays at the station, $10 each.  The winning ticket holder will win 2 tickets on Alaska Airlines to any Alaska Airlines destination with no blackout dates.  Please contact Amy at 747-5877 with questions. more
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NPR News

Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

Sen. John Walsh lifted at least a quarter of his United States Army War College master's thesis, according to a report in The New York Times. Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February.

Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President

Fouad Massoum, who has a long history in Iraqi politics, took the oath of office vowing to protect the constitution and the unity of the country.

A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse

Most people can't tell when they're having the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation that puts them at risk of stroke. Simply learning to take your own pulse could help, researchers say.