Local News

Roads, ferries, airports: Meetings spotlight SE transportation plan

The ferry Malaspina makes a rare visit to waters off downtown Sitka during the 2010 Alaska Day celebration. A state transportation plan would route ferries to a new terminal across Baranof Island at the end of a new road. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Sitkans will have a chance to learn more about proposed local and regional transportation projects at a meeting the evening of Aug. 20 at Centennial Hall. more
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As dam rises, Sitka moves to temporary water supply

Sitka environmental superintendent Mark Buggins looks over the temporary filtration  plant at the Indian River. Buggins says August is "not the best time" to drink from the Indian River, but "it is what it is." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Sometime in August crews working on the Blue Lake hydro project in Sitka will shut off the old penstock from the dam and connect a new one -- work that will leave the town without its drinking water supply for up to four months. In the meantime, the city is returning to its former water plant on the Indian River, but it’s not a matter of turning a few valves. Because of higher drinking water standards, Sitka has rented a temporary filtration plant -- at a cost of about $1-million per month. more
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Is the Tongass key to slowing climate change?

A clearcut north of Angoon is green with small second-growth trees. Environmental groups are calling for an end to old-growth clearcuts. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)

The Tongass National Forest is in the crosshairs of environmental organizations again. Two large coalitions are pressuring the Obama administration to stop all old-growth logging, in part to fight climate change. more
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State News

Cameras Catch Rep. Young Twisting Arm in Capitol

Politics often involves a bit of arm-twisting, but footage of Alaska Congressman Don Young today shows him literally twisting the arm of a young man in a hallway of the U.S. Capitol. Young says he shouldn't have done it.

ASRC Gets Option To Buy Into Offshore Chukchi Drilling Operations

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and a handful of North Slope village corporations now have the option to buy into offshore drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea. It’s part of a new agreement with Shell Oil. But with the future of that company’s Arctic operations up in the air, the deal raises more questions than answers. Download Audio

Gold Miners Push Back Against Nome Over ‘Negative Social Impacts’

A vocal show of frustration from Nome’s mining community took center stage at this week’s City Council meeting. The miners were angry about a letter the city sent to the State Department of Natural Resources complaining about impacts from the recent gold mining boom. Download Audio

Retail

New Retail Items In Stock

pic boxThe Raven Radio Retail shop is fully stocked with t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs and more. Stop by the Cable House to get your new Raven Radio gear. If you are outside of Sitka contact Amy at 907-747-5877 to have your items shipped. more
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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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NPR News

Ebola Moving Faster Than Efforts To Control It, WHO Chief Says

WHO announced a $100 million response plan to combat the spread of the virus that has killed more than 700 people. Meanwhile, efforts are underway to evacuate two Americans who have contracted Ebola.

Slow Walkers May Be On Their Way To Dementia

New research shows that older people with cognitive problems who walk very slowly may be at greater risk for dementia.

During Transport, A Giraffe In South Africa Hits Head On Overpass, Dies

The truck was carrying two blindfolded giraffes on a busy highway. The journey captured the attention of drivers, but came to a tragic end.