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Ariadne Will, Laura Everson, and Zofia Danielson are sixth-grade Eco Explorers who spend every lunchtime on Thursdays doing bona fide scientific research in Sitka’s natural environment. Program organizers Ashley Bolwerk (Sitka Sound Science Center) and Marnie Chapman (UAS) say the work contributes to a better understanding of the global environment — and is fun, besides. They’re looking for more students and parents to become involved. Visit the Sitka Sound Science Center for more info.
The Morning Interview
Eco Explorers connect students to real-world science
Sitka drivers frustrated by poor road conditions on Halibut Point Road during this summer’s paving project can take heart: It’s going to get better. Al Clough, the Southeast Regional director for the Department of Transportation says that while heavy rains have been a setback, the road will be done -- or a driveable temporary surface in place -- by the end of the paving season a month from now. more
Using seawater to heat large buildings in Alaska is no longer a pipe dream. Andy Baker, an engineer with YourCleanEnergy LLC, helped design an ocean-sourced heat pump system for the Seward Sealife Center which will pay back the community’s investment in less than nine years -- just in fuel savings. Baker spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (8-20-14) about practical applications for a technology that has quickly moved from theory into reality. more