Monthly Archives: January 2012

Sitka DDF posts wins; MEHS Braves set for “Battle of the Bridge”

Sitka High sophomores Ryan Apathy and Ben Gordon took first in Duo Acting at last weekend's final regional meet in Haines. They say the team is in good shape for the state tournament in Anchorage. Mt. Edgecumbe basketball players Kacy Green (Jr-Hooper Bay) and Cody Sherman (Sr-Nome) say they'll meet Sitka's tough inside game with speed in tonight's "Battle of the Bridge" at Sitka High.

Tue Jan 31, 2012

New Tlingit "encyclopedia" baffles scholars, Tlingit speakers. Proponents argue for purchase of surplus Inter-Island ferry for use by Alaska Marine Highway.

New Tlingit encyclopedia baffling to scholars, speakers

A new encyclopedia of the Tlingit language has teachers in Sitka scratching their heads. The massive work by New Zealand scholar Sally-Ann Lambert is extraordinarily detailed, and the product of years of effort. The problem is: The language in the book is not recognizable by contemporary scholars, or Native Tlingit speakers. Ethel Mackinen, a retired teacher in the Sitka Native Education program, says she can't understand the spoken Tlingit in WE International's "Hlingit Word Encyclopedia: The Origin of Copper," or read the 630 pages text. "You have to be a speaker of the language," says Makinen, "before you can develop a book without knowledgeable people."

Mon Jan 30, 2012

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Halibut Point Road fixes could wrap up next week

HPR repairs 012712 feaCrews continued working today to clean up the aftermath of a water valve that burst on Monday. Officials say the accident wasn’t caused by Sitka’s unusually cold weather, but it wasn’t helped by it either.

Sitka Tribe names officers, approves GM contract

Dale Williams will serve as vice chairman of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. The Tribe selected its new officers at a meeting Thursday. He’s joined by Stephanie Edenshaw who will serve as treasurer, and Rachel Moreno, the secretary.

Winter Biking Celebration set for Saturday

Doug Osborne, a health educator with SEARHC, outlines tomorrow's (1-28-12) winter bike events at Harrigan Centennial Hall, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM.

Fri Jan 27, 2012

Proposed Forest Service rules would improve watershed, habitat protection. Project Homeless Connect event in Sitka draws over 40 people. Texting-while-driving ban on the move in the state legislature. Senate bipartisan coalition to draft its own version of oil tax reform.

Sitkans give, get help at homelessness event

homeless012511 feaProject Homeless Connect provided a hot lunch, services and supplies for 45 people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Sitka. The event tied in with others around the state.

“Magic Planet” shines light on Alaskan climate science

Renae Bookman and Betany Porter, with the Anchorage Museum, discuss the Magic Planet traveling program, which was featured last night at Keet Gooshi Heen's Science Night. The device, which projects images inside a large sphere, integrates pioneering climate research at UAF. Shannon Weiss is the project evaluator. The Magic Planet is funded by a $980,000 grant from NASA.