Monthly Archives: September 2011

A tale of two cities (and how they pay for roads)

City officials in Sitka have their fingers crossed that voters will amend the municipal charter on Tuesday, and allow them to nudge the property tax upwards to pay for road repairs and hospital infrastructure. What the electorate will do on election day is anyone’s guess. But Sitka is not alone: Other communities in Southeast also have to solve the problem of increasing maintenance costs, and declining government revenues. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey checked in with the city managers in Juneau and Petersburg to learn how these towns are coping with the same issues.

Paxton: Balance needed for city to best serve citizens

In advance of next week’s municipal election, Raven Radio has been profiling candidates for office. Gary Paxton is one of those candidates. He’s running for the Sitka Assembly as a write-in candidate, and until two days ago (Wednesday) had been traveling in the Middle East.

Assembly: Need to conserve power is serious

Sitka utility Director Christopher Brewton stands in front of a massive diesel generator. The city uses these generators when demand for electricity is higher than what Sitka's two hydropower plants can produce. (Photo: Ed Ronco)The Sitka Assembly has proclaimed October to be Energy Awareness Month in Sitka. It’s part of an effort to alert the public to what city officials are calling an energy crisis.

Fri Sep 30, 2011

Kathy Ingallinera, Alaska Day Writing Contest. Entries must be postmarked by midnight tonight. Details are available online here.more

Fri Sep 30, 2011

NMFS asks North Pacific Council to revisit halibut catch-sharing plan; Sitka Assembly to raise awareness of energy shortage; Reynolds Creek hydro project short of funds; Ted Wright to serve as interim GM of Sitka Tribe.… more

Road, line work starts at Reynolds Creek hydroproject

Haida Energy is starting to build Prince of Wales Island’s next hydropower plant. But it stillThe Reynolds Creek hydroproject has long been a dream of the Haida village Native corporation, based in Hydaburg.

Thu Sep 29, 2011

Nick Campolettano, Elisabeth Schafer, Choose Respect Mural unveiling. At Blatchley Middle School, Wed Oct 5, 2011, at 2:15 PM. The public is welcome.… more

Wed Sep 28, 2011

Doug Osborne, Sitka Health Summit.… more

Tue Sep 27, 2011

Marcy Drake, Sara Martinchick, MEHS DDF; Daniel Adams, Deirdre Creed, MEHS XCountry; Shasta Smith, Jennifer MacIntyre, Will Patrick, SHS XCountry.… more

Deep science

KCAW reporter Ed Ronco breaks one of the most sophisticated underwater robots in existence, while the Director of the National Deep Submergence Facility, Andy Bowen, looks on. Photo by Renee Schoof.KCAW reporter Ed Ronco shares some of his experiences at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on the Morning Interview. Ronco was the winner of a Fellowship in Ocean Science Journalism funded by the institution.