Month: February 2012

SJ campus revitalization: How Alaskans get things done

In Alaska, we know it’s not always easy to just bring in help. If you want to fix something you often have to do it yourself. This is especially true on an island, where the nearest town is hours away by ferry. This past year in Sitka, inhabitants learned just how much they could accomplish as a community.

Diana Saverin is a Kingsley Trust Fellow from Yale University who spent last summer examining Sitka’s distinctiveness. She produced the following story for the “AK” feature on Alaska News Nightly, about the largely volunteer-driven revitalization of the Sheldon Jackson Campus.

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Mon Feb 27, 2012

Revitalizing the Sheldon Jackson campus is one way Alaskans fix things themselves. Energy issues, school funding top Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s agenda at a meeting in Ketchikan last week. AFN president Julie Kitka fears budget axe will fall on essential rural services.

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Fri Feb 24, 2012

State Board of Fisheries begins ten-day meeting in Ketchikan, with many Sitka finfish issues on the table. “Battle of the Bridge” was a great game, and a fun rivalry. State calls in mediator to negotiate resolution to a conflict over a moldy office building in Juneau.

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Thunder Mountain High School freshman Michael Lohrey works on the robot “Wilson Jr.” The robot is named after its creator, TMHS senior Wilson Suzuki. The Juneau High School was one of eight schools to participate in the Bowled Over Robotics Regionals, held at Mt. Edgecumbe High School’s B.J. McGillis gymnasium.

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