Month: March 2010

City smoking ban could extend to bars, private clubs

Smoking in bars and private clubs could become against the law in Sitka under a measure advanced by the Assembly on Tuesday (3-23). The city already has an ordinance against smoking in public places, but bars and private clubs have so far been exempt. Eighteen people testified about broadening the smoking ban, and debate on the subject took up about an hour and a half.

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Sitka park marks birthday with solemnity, celebration

Sitka National Historical Park officially turns 100 on Tuesday (3-23), but events honoring the milestone got underway this weekend. While the events are being billed as a birthday celebration, the park commemorates some sensitive history. As Ed Ronco reports, things began on Saturday morning with some notes of solemnity.

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Sealaska, Tlingit signage among topics at meeting of city, tribe

Federal legislation that would give about 85,000 acres of Tongass National Forest land to Sealaska Corporation has prompted debate across Southeast Alaska in recent weeks. And the bill came up in conversation during Thursday (3-18) night's government-to-government meeting between the Sitka Assembly and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, though not quite in the way you’d expect.

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Interview: April Verch and Canada's fiddling traditions

While Canadian fiddle music is closely tied to Celtic traditions, Ottowa Valley fiddler April Verch says every region has distinctive styles. Verch was one of five fiddlers to perform at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics. The April Verch Band performs tonight (3-18-10) at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. She and bass/banjo player Cody Walters discuss their Southeast tour with KCAW's Robert Woolsey.

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National Park gears up for the big 1-0-0

The Sitka National Historic Park turns 100 years old on Tuesday (3-23). The 116-acre park is the smallest National Park in Alaska, and is the site of an 1804 battle between Russians and Kiksadi Tlingits. The park is throwing itself a birthday party that begins Saturday with a cruise through Sitka Sound to retrace the 1804 battle, along with a community picnic later that afternoon. KCAW’s Ed Ronco went for a walk in the park with Superintendent Mary Miller, to talk about the 100th birthday and the park itself.

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