Groceries vs. utilities: Assembly debates tax breaks Groceries vs. utilities: Assembly debates tax breaks

Groceries vs. utilities: Assembly debates tax breaks

Groceries or electric rates? The Assembly is trying to decide which living cost is a greater burden to Sitkans. During their Tuesday night meeting (08-23-16), the Sitka Assembly considered two ordinances: one to eliminate the sales tax on groceries (Ord 2016-30) and the other to annually subsidize the electric fund to moderate rates (Ord 2016-31). Their idea is to put one of these ordin … more

Gagnon withdraws application for city attorney Gagnon withdraws application for city attorney

Gagnon withdraws application for city attorney

Carey Gagnon is an attorney with BakerHostetler, an energy firm, in Denver, Colorado. She received the highest marks during the city’s attorney interviews on Sunday (08-24-16). (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo) The Assembly last night (08-23-16) approved two more marijuana business licenses, and learned that one of their top picks for municipal attorney has withdrawn her name. Jeremy Erickson appl … more

Local News

Fulton hands in his school board resignation

Tim Fulton has served on the board since 2008. (KCAW photo, Robert Woolsey)

Fulton submitted his letter of resignation for consideration by the board at its first meeting of the new school year on August 25th. Fulton has been tending the needs of his aging parents in Idaho. more
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Two Sitkans indicted on weapons charges

Two Sitkans were indicted last Friday (8-19-16) on felony charges involving weapons. 32-year old Brandon D. Ledbetter was charged for stabbing a man in the leg in a bar fight. 32-year old Walter Boyd allegedly stole a handgun from a boat in Sealing Cove Harbor. more
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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 spent nearly a month last spring providing medical care in one of Nepal’s most remote valleys -- and she’s already planning another trip. more
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State News

State takes control of gas line megaproject; consultant warns of major risks

The state of Alaska is formally taking over the massive North Slope gas line project. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

As state prepares to take over Alaska LNG project, consultant warns of major risks; new Attorney General weighs in against ExxonMobil’s tactics fighting climate change investigations; Fairbanks citizens gather signatures to ban commercial marijuana sales; Troopers say powerful painkiller found in Alaska heroin; migratory duck tests positive for bird flu in Fairbanks; longtime manager ousted from three village corporations; Moose and vehicles: Dangerous mix; AVTEC closes Anchorage campus due to cuts; AK: Hammer-time in Haines; 49 Voices: Fia Ape of Anchorage Listen now

New Attorney General weighs in against ExxonMobil’s tactics fighting climate change investigations

Since last November, ExxonMobil has been the target of a growing number of state attorneys general investigating whether the company lied about its research about climate change. Listen now

The CorvidEYE

‘Prairie Home Companion’ host visits Raven Radio

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Garrison Keillor came to Sitka on the two-week Prairie Home Companion cruise, which previously traveled through Alaska in 2006. He also paid a visit to pen pal and Sitka park ranger Jasa Woods. more
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The Morning Interview

UAS’s Fish Tech program ‘a class in an iPad’

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Reid Brewer, Associate Professor for Fisheries Technology, talks about the fisheries technology program at the University of Alaska Southeast. 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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It’s not often that a tight housing market boasts the largest average home size in the region coupled with home prices 40 percent below the regional average and the lowest rental prices in the state. But, Wrangell also has the … more

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Deer Mountain

Two longtime Ketchikan residents have formed a new organization to stop recently announced plans to log Deer Mountain. more

Homeowners Karen Ellingstad and Fred Triem took down the home at 1011 Wrangell Avenue in 2014.

The legal battle continues over a demolished home on Wrangell Avenue in Petersburg. The structure was taken down in 2014 after the borough declared it a dangerous home. The owners of the home are appealing last year’s court ruling in favor of the Petersburg borough and have filed another suit challenging borough staff visits to the property in preparation for demolition. more

NPR News

Juan Gabriel, The 'Divo Of Juarez,' Dies At 66

Juan Gabriel was a singular pop star who transcended borders and the trappings of gender.

Marking The 53rd Anniversary Of The March On Washington

On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Colin Kaepernick Is Just The Latest Athlete To Make A Strong Political Statement

Newly retired New York Times columnist Bill Rhoden discusses NFL player Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the national anthem and past political activism by athletes.