Putting your best foot forward at the Native Youth Olympics Putting your best foot forward at the Native Youth Olympics

Putting your best foot forward at the Native Youth Olympics

Mt. Edgecumbe sent fifteen Braves to the 46th NYO Games in Anchorage last weekend (4/21 – 4/23). A few of them will graduate on Thursday (5-5-16). (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo) Mt. Edgecumbe High School sent fifteen students to the Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage last weekend (4-21-16 to 4-23-16). The event draws Alaskan Native teens from around the state in three days of intense compe … more

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Assembly considers opening boats to tourists

Should the city allow for short term rentals on boats? These questions and more came before the Assembly on Tuesday (4-26-16). (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo) On Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Assembly considered allowing rentals, on a conditional use basis, in Sitka’s municipal harbors and slips. The ordinance, filed by Tim Fulton, would change Sitka’s zoning laws to permit short-term rentals and bed &a … more

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Little scientists examine ecosystems in bioblitz

STA’s Esther Kennedy examines plankton with a student. (Brielle Schaeffer/KCAW photo) How many things live in our backyard, and how are they connected? That’s what little scientists were trying to discover during a Junior BioBlitz on Wednesday (4-27-16). The kids tromped in muskeg and listened to birds during the daylong survey of ecosystems. http://www.kcaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2016 … more

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Sitka drivers told: Hands off your cell phone

Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. (Photo courtesy of Her Campus Media) Alaska banned texting while driving in 2008. The maximum penalty for a first time offense is $10,000, the highest in the country. And in Sitka, the Assembly cracked down on the issue even further. Tuesday night … more

Local News

Ferry fares rise for third time in a year

Passengers board the ferry Malaspina while vehicles wait to load at the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. Travelers will no longer be able to take advantage of some discounts, due to budget cuts. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)

It’s costing 10 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower-48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes. more
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Scholarship program boosts training for Native teachers

Juneau's Joshua Jackson earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education in the PITAAS program. (UAS photo)

While 15-percent of the state’s population is Alaska Native, under five-percent of its teachers are. PITAAS grooms future teachers and administrators while they’re still in college. more
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Sitka schools tap reserves to restore teaching jobs next year

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The Sitka School Board has balanced its budget and returned two teaching positions to the payroll, but the district’s finances are far from secure. more
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State News

Ferry fares rise for third time in a year

Beginning in May, it will cost 14 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower 48. The fare boost is part of another round of Alaska Marine Highway System tariff increases. Officials said they’ll increase income and help equalize rates across all routes.

Alakanuk man arrested after hitting brother-in-law with ax

A man from the Western Alaska village of Alakanuk is in custody after striking his brother-in-law in the head with an ax.

Hiker dies after fall in Denali National Park

A hiker died last week in Denali National Park. Searchers discovered the remains of 24-year-old Michael Purdy Sunday near the north end of Savage River Loop Trail.

The CorvidEYE

Slayers crowned state roller derby champs

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The Sitka Sound Slayers were triumphant at the "United We Roll" State Tournament in Wasilla last weekend (4/22/16 - 4/23/16). more
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The Morning Interview

White Elephant gives to community

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Noah Galarza is the White Elephant's Americorps volunteer. He discusses the history of the White Elephant, how it was created and has evolved. He also talks about the White E's grant program, as well as the importance of volunteerism and the impact volunteer organizations have in town. Downloadable audio more
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Southeast News

UAS Ketchikan celebrates 2016 graduates

UAS Ketchikan 2016 graduates. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)

UAS Ketchikan 2016 graduates. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)

Non-traditional students who overcome challenges to succeed in academics was the overriding theme during Saturday’s University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus graduation ceremony

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Marten-chicken struggle leads to car crash

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A marten dragging a chicken across North Tongass Highway caused a two-vehicle collision just before noon on Saturday. more

Borough assembly to vote on FY 2016-17 budget

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Today's meeting will be the first one in the conference room on the second story of the Hallingstad-Peratrovich building. more

NPR News

Longshot Leicester City Wins English Premiere League Title

In what's being hailed as a "miracle," Leicester City, a small club from central England that started the season at 5000-1 odds of winning the prestigious title, has clinched the trophy.

Trade Opponents Leak Documents They Say Show Corporate Influence

Environmentalists opposed to a US-EU trade deal say documents they leaked prove corporations have too much say. But EU officials say that's "flatly wrong."

2015 Saw A Decrease In Religious Freedom Around The World, Says Annual Report

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says the refugee crisis, political strife and economic dislocation all contributed to a worldwide deterioration of religious freedom last year.