Monthly Archives: January 2011

Extended audio: Rich McClear

Rich McClear is the former general manager of radio station KCAW in Sitka, works in Serbia. His wife, Suzi, works in Cairo. The Egyptian government has cut off cell phone and Internet communication. This is the extended version of our conversation with Rich McClear in Belgrade, who says Suzi is doing just fine.

Sitkan in Cairo is OK, husband says

Suzi McClear is working in the Egyptian capital under contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development. She and her husband Rich McClear run media development programs in places where free and independent media has not historically existed.

Interview: Pianist McMillen's "blind date" every performance

Blair McMillen describes the life of a concert pianist as a series of "blind dates," depending on the instrument. He says there are "great Steinways and very great Steinways." McMillen and piano technician Peter Sumner will host a screening of the documentary "Note by Note" at 7 PM tonight (Thu 1-17-11) in the Sitka Performing Arts Center. A Q&A will follow. The pair discussed pianos with KCAW's Robert Woolsey.

After three decades, Center for Community chooses visibility

The Center for Community may be Sitka’s largest least-known institution. Director Connie Sipe filled in the Chamber of Commerce this afternoon (Wed 1-26-11) about the center’s role in the state. Sipe referred to the Center for Community as a “stealth agency.”

Fortress gets 5-year lease extension from city

A bear sanctuary and tourist attraction in Sitka has a new five-year lease with the city. The Fortress of the Bear will continue to pay $50 per month to occupy property along Sawmill Creek Road. The deal also includes additional square footage for the property.

Sitka re-ups TAB bulk water contract

The Sitka Assembly approved a two-year extension to its contract with True Alaska Bottling, or TAB.

Fish waste plant could come to Sitka

An $8 million plant to process fish waste could be built in Sitka, if a plan proposed for the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park moves forward.

Sealaska bill faces challenges in Congress, Pt. 6 of 6

Every new session of Congress is a clean slate. Bills that didn’t pass in the previous two-year cycle disappear. It’s up to members of Congress to dust off their old bills and reintroduce them. One of those that will soon get new life is the controversial Sealaska lands bill, which would give the Alaska Native Corporation the option to select different lands in the Tongass National Forest. Exactly what form the bill will take will soon be seen. This is our final report in a six-part series on the legislation.

Sacred sites included in Sealaska legislation, Pt. 5 of 6

We’re taking an in-depth look this month at Sealaska’s lands bill, which will soon be reintroduced in Congress. Among its components is the selection of about 200 sacred sites. In part 5 of our series on the legislation, KCAW’s Ed Ronco explains what the sacred sites are, and why they’re included in the bill.

Health Summit aims at fruit trees, fish in schools

Participants in the 2010 Sitka Health Summit have hit the ground running – literally. One goal of last fall’s summit was to plant 200 apple trees around Sitka. So far, forty of the trees are already spoken for – if not in the soil yet – and work is well underway on the summit’s three other goals. The group updated the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on its progress on Wednesday (1-19-11).