Monthly Archives: February 2011

Murkowski's BMS visit precedes budget wrangling

Possible cuts within the Sitka School District could become clearer during a school board work session Tuesday night. The board has a $1.3 million gap to close, and will be discussing some of the options at 6 p.m. Tuesday inside the District Office Board Room.

Former educator advocates for technical careers

A former educator at Mt. Edgecumbe High School is helping to steer students into technical careers. Todd Bergman left Edgecumbe three years ago to head up the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, known as APICC. Bergman spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Chamber of Commerce during this week’s World of Work fair in Sitka.

Interview: Choose Respect mural seeks artist

The Choose Respect mural project, one of four ideas to emerge from the 2010 Sitka Health Summit, is accepting proposals from artists. Committee members Gretchen Clarke, Julia Smith, and Joe D'Arienzo discussed the project on the Morning Interview with KCAW's Robert Woolsey.

Pilot project could centralize trash collection

Bears getting into trash cans has long been a problem in Sitka, but in recent years it seems to have gotten worse. The city wants to test out a new program where residents in the Indian River Road neighborhood take their garbage to a centralized neighborhood site, with stronger trash cans. The Sitka Assembly received a briefing Tuesday night (2-22-11) from members of the group devising the project.

Murkowski on election, earmarks, Tea Party, Sealaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was in Sitka on Wednesday, where she heard from representatives of about 13 community agencies and organizations. They urged her to push for continued federal support for the Blue Lake hydro project expansion, and to keep federal money flowing to Sitka.

Murkowski talks earmarks, Blue Lake at UAS meeting

Sen. Lisa Murkowski paid an official visit to Sitka today, meeting first with the school district, and touring some classes. At 2 PM this afternoon she hosted a meeting of Sitka agencies on the Sitka campus of UAS. KCAW’s Ed Ronco shadowed the senator today. He phoned in this update from UAS.

Mt. Edgecumbe strikes up the band

Mt. Edgecumbe High School has its first full-time music teacher in 25 years. Stephen Courtright has been at the state-run boarding school since the beginning of the year, and with Courtright’s hiring comes the rebirth of a music program that has come and gone in recent history. It’s a program the new teacher – and school administration – hopes will grow into the future.

Guy Davis: "Never underestimate superstardom!"

Blues musician Guy Davis has the background and resume for a stellar career without traveling far from his home in the Bronx. But this itinerant storyteller prefers to take his music to the people, even in Alaska. Davis performs 7PM Friday 2-18-11 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. He appeared on the Morning Interview with KCAW's Robert Woolsey.

Attorneys make case for mediation, not litigation

A pair of Sitka attorneys is hoping people think twice before they go to court to settle a dispute. Corrie Bosman and Christine Pate told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce (Wednesday 2-16-11) that many business disputes, employee issues, and small claims disagreements could be settled by mediation.

State's only Native superior court judge discusses career

About 75 high school students from around the state gathered at Mount Edgecumbe High School this week to attend the Color of Justice conference. The annual event is designed to increase the diversity of the legal profession by encouraging students to consider law as a career.