Monthly Archives: March 2010

Nurses who fought TB in Sitka recognized

In the first half of the 20th century, T-B was a major epidemic in Alaska, and its effects were particularly harsh on rural Native communities. A presentation Tuesday (3-16) at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall addressed that history, and also honored some of the era’s front-line fighters against T-B. KCAW’s Ed Ronco introduces us to some nurses, whose work in the T-B ward at Sitka’s Mount Edgecumbe Hospital saved lives the lives of others, and forever changed their own. more

Peggy's Corner: Ft. Rousseau, operating budget pass House

Peggy Wilson represents District 2 in the Alaska House. This is "Peggy's Corner" for March 17, 2010. more

Commentary: Paper money's inflation threat

The nation's founders called for coins — not paper money. Inflation represents an unfair tax on the lower and middle classes. A Commentary from Bob Goad. (Note: the opinions expressed in commentaries are those of the author, and not necessarily the opinions of Raven Radio's board, staff, or volunteers.) more

Berett Wilber: State DDF tie "A great way to go out"

The state’s top small schools DDF student says a tie was a “great way to go out.” Sitka High School senior Berett Wilber was the top-scorer at this year’s state Drama, Debate, and Forensics tournament in Anchorage. Her fifteen-member team shared the overall title with perennial DDF powerhouse Whitestone in their first matchup in the small schools division. more

School budget passes with cultural ed. program, unfilled positions

Three unfilled teaching positions are among the factors helping to balance next year’s Sitka School District budget. The School Board voted Monday (3-15) to approve the $17.4-million spending plan. more

Warm winter contributes to spring power supply

Below-normal precipitation in January and February is not expected to compromise the Sitka’s ability to generate power in the drier months of April and May.
The low rain and snowfall of the mid-winter was also accompanied by warmer temperatures, which lowered demand on the town’s hydro system. more

Stimulus funds boost Sitka trail building

Last year was a busy trail-construction season for the Sitka Ranger District and the northern Tongass. This summer could be even busier.
Federal stimulus funding has moved projects like the re-routing of the Beaver Lake trail to the front burner alongside other already-budgeted projects like rebuilding the Gavan Ridge trail. more

Pt. 2 of 2: Sealaska bill opposition focuses on environment, access

Sitkans proved to be just as divided as other communities over a Sealaska Corp. lands selection bill now in committee in the US Senate. At a packed hearing in Sitka's Centennial Hall last Friday (03-11-10), Sitkans on both sides of the issue shared their views for almost four hours. In this second of two stories, KCAW's Ed Ronco provides a look at the testimony from those opposed to the bill. more

Pt. 1 of 2: Support for Sealaska bill focuses on timeline, land rights

Sitkans proved to be just as divided as other communities over a Sealaska Corp. lands selection bill now in committee in the US Senate. At a packed hearing in Sitka's Centennial Hall last Friday (03-11-10), Sitkans on both sides of the issue shared their views for almost four hours. In this first of two stories, KCAW's Robert Woolsey looks at testimony offered in support of SB 881. more

Sitka Ranger boat could be taken out of service

The U.S. Forest Service plans to get rid of its Sitka Ranger boat, and it could shed another one of its remaining two Southeast boats if their use diminishes. Forest Service Sitka District Ranger Carol Goularte announced the news at Tuesday night's Sitka Assembly meeting. more