Monthly Archives: January 2008

New non-profits carry SJ mission, campus forward

Since Sheldon Jackson college suspended academic operations early last summer, a handful of new non-profit organizations have been formed to create, maintain, or even expand a number of campus programs -- everything from keeping the childcare facility going, to creating an ocean science center at the college’s working hatchery and wet lab. The consortium of new campus organizations met for the first time Tuesday evening (1-29-08) in Sitka to report on their work, and to discuss whether they had enough common purpose to warrant a formal relationship with the college’s trustees.

Haines top team in Mt. Edgecumbe Invitational

Twenty-two adult teams from around the state competed last weekend in the second annual Mt. Edgecumbe Invitational basketball tournament. The closest contest of the tournament was also its last: the Haines Merchants defeated Hydaburg, 97-to-96 to win the Open Division championship. KCAW’s Leah Mann took in some of the action at the BJ McGillis gym on Saturday(1-26-08). She sends this audio postcard. (For complete tourney results, click on "more...")

Sitka Fine Arts Camp honored at White House

The Sitka Fine Arts Camp was one of eighteen youth programs nationwide to win a prestigious Coming Up Taller award this year. First Lady Laura Bush presented the awards at a White House ceremony on Monday (1-28-08).

James Dinley offered administrator's contract

The Sitka assembly has chosen a candidate with a long past to lead the community into the future. James Dinley, most recently the administrator of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, was one of a pair of administrator finalists interviewed in a public meeting over several hours last Friday (1-25-08). Here's how Sitka's "administrator-elect" handled himself during the interview, and what the assembly expects from the job.

Charlie Walls: Life near the limit of hydro capacity

Sitka's electric director Charlie Walls says demand in Sitka is not significantly higher in Sitka this year over last. The problem is that as Sitka closes in on the limit of its hydro capacity, the system is much more susceptible to variations in rainfall -- and much more dependent on diesel back-up. Full interview with KCAW's Robert Woolsey.

Summer ferry schedule due out next week

Alaska Marine Highway System General Manager John Falvey speaks with Raven Radio about the draft summer ferry schedule, (set to be released by the end of this month), increased fast ferry service to Sitka, and direct connections to the villages.

Low water levels put Sitka on diesel power

Faced with increased demand and lower-than-average rainfall this winter, the Sitka electric department is playing the odds, and is running diesel generators to supplement the city’s two hydro projects. The strategy – which costs roughly $7-thousand dollars a day in fuel – is intended to conserve water behind the dams for Sitka’s more typical dry season in March and April.

STA requires employment background checks

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska is tightening up its child protection policies. The Tribal Council passed an ordinance last week (1/16/08) requiring all employees, as well as volunteers and contractors who have direct interaction with children or the public, to undergo criminal background checks.

Silver Bay offers cash-back purchase of former pulp dock, warehouse

Silver Bay Seafoods has offered to buy the former pulp dock, warehouse, and some other industrial waterfront in Sitka – for nothing. Following a 45-minute executive session Wednesday night (1-23-08) the Sitka assembly agreed to bring the terms of the unusual deal forward for a public hearing.

Sealaska chair asks Sitka to defer action opposing land selections

The Sealaska Corporation is asking Sitka to delay consideration of a resolution opposing Native land selections within the Sitka Community Use Area. A delegation from Sealaska, including state senator Albert Kookesh, took a charter flight from Juneau to testify before the Sitka assembly Tuesday night (1-22-08).