Monthly Archives: December 2011

Shining performance

ROSSVENNEBERG_smFormer Sitka High brass musician Ross Venneberg is a study in concentration as he joined the 8th Annual Holiday Brass Ensemble for a guest appearance Wednesday night (12-21-11) in the Sitka Performing Arts Center. Venneberg, who now studies at St. Mary's College in San Francisco, shared the stage with musicians from the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Louiville, and Virginia orchestras. The concert is a fundraiser for the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.

John Straley selected by National Poetry Foundation
The National Poetry Foundation has included a poem by Sitkan John Straley, “every single day,” in its anthology for use by students in the Poetry Out Loud national recitation contest. Straley’s poem was nominated by Caitlin Woolsey, Alaska’s 2009 … more

Thu Dec 22, 2011
Air Station Sitka medevacks injured Port Alexander man. North Pacific Fisheries Management Council recommends increase in the halibut size limit for guided sport fishermen.Sitka profiles, part 1: Hank Moore.… more

“Guns and Hoses” basketball duel set for Dec 28
Fire Chief Dave Miller and Police Chief Sheldon Schmidt talk some trash as their respective departments prepare to square off against the Sitka Wolves basketball teams beginning at 5 PM Wed Dec 28 at Sitka High.… more

Wed Dec 21, 2011
Sitka police investigating the death of man found unresponsive on Harbor Mt. Road. Southeast Alaska Power Agency considers expanding its dam at Swan Lake. Petersburg abandons its legal challenge against the state Redistricting Board.… more

Sitkan named to roster of “Poetry Out Loud” greats

Straley_smNovelist John Straley has been named to one of the most prestigious lists in the country – for poets. The National Poetry Foundation has included the Sitka author’s poem “every single day” in the anthology of pieces used by students in Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation competition. Straley's poem appears alongside work by Pound, Emerson, Browning, and others. Straley was nominated by Alaska's 2009 Poetry Out Loud state champion, Caitlin Woolsey.

Police investigate roadside death

Harry “Chuck” Johnson, 37, was found unresponsive in the parking lot near the first gate of Harbor Mountain Road. Sitka police Lt. Barry Allen says officers administered CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Tue Dec 20, 2011
“Mass Wasting” event destroys popular Sitka trail. Wet winter improves Sitka’s hydro outlook; electric surcharge to be adjusted in January. Comment period open on new standards for k-12 education.… more

Wolves, Lady Wolves dominate Holland America tourney
Sitka Wolves basketball coach Andy Lee wraps up the Holland America Holiday Tournament. He’s joined by Shad Puletau and Hunter Lee, and Lady Wolves Sariah Ady, Katina Wathen, and Karly Fuller.… more

Holiday Brass tunes up for 4th straight sell-out
Roger Schmidt, director of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, describes how he pulls together nationally-renowned musicians for the annual Holiday Brass concert, scheduled for Wednesday, December 21. Schmidt expects the event to sell out for the fourth year in … more