Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 was a busy year across the panhandle

A float plane takes off from Tenakee Springs, one of seven communities outside Sitka that's served by Raven Radio. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)

Raven Radio reaches seven communities outside Sitka. We called community leaders across the listening area to see what the big events of 2011 were in their communities. more

Looking back: The top Sitka headlines in 2011


The rebirth of a campus. The loss of prominent members of the community. And persistent questions about everything from the aftermath of a 2010 tragedy to how we use our natural resources. Those were some of the things that made news this year. Raven News takes a look back at 2011. more

Found it

A 17-foot Gregor Seahawk skiff belonging to Rick Petersen was found this week on John Brown's beach. Petersen says it broke loose during a camping trip at Fred's Creek in November -- during the same storm that wrecked vessels in Eliason Harbor. He plans to recover it Saturday with the help of friends.

A 17-foot Gregor Seahawk skiff belonging to Rick Petersen was found this week on John Brown’s beach. Petersen says it broke loose during a camping trip at Fred’s Creek in November. more

Top chef: Seafood group holding statewide competition

Tyson Sick is spokesman for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, which is holding the Great Alaska Seafood Cook-Off in May. They’re looking for professional chefs to compete in Anchorage, and perhaps at the national level. more

Fri Dec 30, 2011

2011 in review: Charges against CG survivor; electrical shortages; the restoration of Sheldon Jackson’s campus; remembering Grussendorf, Eliason and Bailey; new totem pole at SNHP; Falvey a highliner of the year; Sealaska’s Redoubt selection; tsunami warnings, earthquakes, blowdown and D.Vex. more

Thu Dec 29, 2011

Assembly’s planned vote on Pacific High plans catches school district off guard. Reality show featuring Sitka fishery to premiere. Juneau, Ketchikan airports to get full-body scanners. FAA approves PBY landing 2 months after it was planned. Russian tanker headed to Nome with fuel. Police arrest suspected Juneau robber. more

Sitka reality show premieres Thursday

sierra and dean

“Hook, Line and Sisters,” follows the Anderson family as they fish in Alaska. A large portion of the seven-episode series was filmed during the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery. more

Assembly wrap-up: Blue Lake contractor gets more money, Pacific High discussion surprises district

City Utility Director Christopher Brewton says the extra money for Hatch Acres is needed to cover additional design work on the dam. But he also says the company admitted to some inefficiencies on its side, and knocked about a half million dollars off the bill as a result. more

In the field: Preparing for the Christmas bird count

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count happens in Sitka on the New Year. Robert Woolsey went into the field with organizers to learn more about plans for this year’s count and about how you can participate. more

Wed Dec 28, 2011

Assembly adds $1.1 million to Blue Lake engineering contract; Sitka profiles part 4: Linda Behnken on mixing love and advocacy on the ocean. Ketchikan mill to produce wood pellets this winter. more