Monthly Archives: July 2008

More people riding Southeast ferries

More people are riding state ferries in Southeast this summer. Figures from the marine highway system show both passenger and vehicle numbers up for the region’s ports. Officials credit schedule changes including increased fast ferry service to Sitka and more sailings from Prince Rupert.

Herwald vs. Dapcevich: Listen to the full election forum with House District 2 Democrats

House District 2 Democratic primary candidates Marko Dapcevich and Lily Herwald addressed issues and answered questions during a July 15 forum on KCAW. Listen here for the 60-minute forum including call-in questions. A Republican candidates forum is planned for August 8th.

Sitka takes center stage for the 3rd annual Homeskillet Festival

The sounds of folk, Americana, hip-hop and roots will fill Sitka stages this weekend. It’s the 3rd annual Homeskillet Festival, put on by the local record label by the same name. Andi McDaniel spoke with organizer Nick Galanin and dug up some musical samples. Here’s a backstage look at what’s to come.

Science Center finds life after Sheldon Jackson College

Despite the closure of Sheldon Jackson College a year ago, the campus is no ghost town. That’s partly because of places like the Sitka Sound Science Center, which used to be part of the college. Now, it’s an institution in its own right. Andi McDaniel spent some time there recently and came back with this report.

Young artists feel the beat at Sitka Fine Arts Camp

For the last 33 years, young people from all over Alaska—and the rest of the country—have flocked to Sitka in the summertime to participate in the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, which teaches campers anything from documentary film to how to be a clown. The 169 students in the high school session are currently enjoying their last few days of camp. Andi McDaniel stopped in Wednesday to get a taste of what they’re up to and brought back this audio postcard.

Dock advisory question headed for October ballot

Sitka voters will likely see an advisory question this fall on a Sawmill Cove deep-water dock. The Sitka assembly last night (7-8-08) approved on first reading ballot language asking whether the city should develop a plan for a municipally-owned multi-purpose dock at the cove. The dock would serve a variety of cargo vessels, and be capable of mooring a large cruise ship.

Public participation focus of Assembly policy debate

A pair of procedural ordinances at Tuesday night’s (7-8-08) assembly meeting touched off a lengthy policy debate about the role of public participation in Sitka. At issue were whether to allow the public to speak on any topic on or off the agenda during the first “persons to be heard” portion of an assembly meeting, and whether to require candidates for municipal commissions to submit written applications.

Berkowitz speaks to Sitkans on local energy, fishing equity

Democratic House candidate Ethan Berkowitz stopped by KCAW last Thursday (7-3-08) to talk with reporter Andi McDaniel about the issues weighing on Sitkans' minds these days.

Sitka's Independence Day celebration draws a crowd

Sitka was awash in stars and stripes this weekend for the yearly Fourth of July celebration. KCAW’s Andi McDaniel paraded around with her recording equipment and brought back this audio postcard.

A good word helps renew Coastie survival training

Alaska-based Coast Guardsmen will continue to receive cold-weather survival training under a bill passed this spring by the US House of Representatives. Last year, funding for the program was quietly eliminated in Alaska’s district 17. But this year the training received some influential exposure when one of its graduates was awarded the Coast Guard’s highest honor for bravery, and credited the classes with his survival.