Month: May 2009

Aleut artist finds way between the modern, traditional

Patrick Lind is a contemporary artist and educator thoroughly grounded in Aleut cultural tradition.
The Homer-based carver and painter spent a week in Sitka participating in the Native Art Demonstrator program at the Sheldon Jackson Museum.
KCAW’s Robert Woolsey spent a few minutes with Lind during his visit, discussing the rich tradition of Aleut art. Learn more about the SJ Museum Native Art Demonstrators Program at www.museums.state.ak.us/sheldon_jackson/sjnativedemos.htm

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"Stream Team" helps restore Starrigavan Valley

A consortium of resource management agencies in Sitka is using kid-power to help restore an important watershed.
Before it was logged in the late 1960s, the Starrigavan Valley had a monumental spruce and hemlock forest, and large runs of coho and other salmon species.
The valley has since been removed from the timber base in the Tongass, and the Forest Service, Park Service, the state, Trout Unlimited, and the Sitka Conservation Society are all interested in restoring Starrigavan. But it takes a lot of work – a lot of data collection, measuring, and digging – to rebuild a watershed.
Each spring for the last few years, seventh-grade science students at Sitka’ Blatchley middle school work side-by-side with biologists and hydrologists in the valley. KCAW student reporters Robert Miller and Thor Becker spent a day with the Blatchley “stream team” and sent this audio postcard: (To see a slideshow, click on this story's title, then click on the word "more…")

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Bradshaw defends district budget

Superintendent Steve Bradshaw said benefits and utilities have pushed up the Sitka School district budget over the last five years, despite a decrease in the student population.
Bradshaw defended district spending in an address to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce today (5-20-09).
He also said meeting the needs of special education students was among several factors contributing to higher expenses in schools.

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Man faces new charges of attempted murder

A Sitka grand jury has re-indicted a man on charges of attempted murder in the first degree.
47-year-old Thomas J. Kito was originally indicted last fall for stabbing a friend in a drunken brawl, but Kito’s defense lawyers found irregularities in the grand jury proceedings, and the DA later withdrew the indictment.
However, the faulty indictment does not invalidate the case. Prosecutors last Friday (5-15-09) brought the matter before a new grand jury, which returned new indictments of assault in the first degree, as well as attempted murder.

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