Monthly Archives: March 2012

In safe hands

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Members of the Alaska Department of Public Safety released eagles at the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka on Saturday (3-31-12) in honor of the governor’s “Choose Respect” initiative. An audience of around 100 gathered on the center’s boardwalk trail to watch the four birds return to the wild. more

Teacher hoopapalooza


Sitka High and Mt. Edgecumbe faculty basketball teams outlived the clock Friday night (3-30-12) in a benefit game at the BJ McGillis gym. Students from the two schools have partnered in an effort to raise $60,000 for a girls’ school in Afghanistan. Mt. Edgecumbe student Annaliese Moll said she didn’t know how much this event raised, “but the cash box is overflowing!” more

Scholar examines Ricketts, Calvin connection

Dr. Katie Rodger is a lecturer at UC Davis, and a student of the life of marine biologist Ed Ricketts, who is known to the literary world as “Doc” in John Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row.” It was Ricketts’ collaboration with Sitka writer Jack Calvin, however, that produced one of the most seminal texts on marine ecology ever written, “Between Pacific Tides.” Rodger will speak tonight (Fri Mar 30) at UAS Sitka. more

Fri Mar 30, 2012

Herring fleet remains tied up to dock, on two-hour notice. Sitka School Board pulls more that $1-million out of reserves to balance budget. Residents join Governor’s march against domestic violence. Douglas residents protest the proposed closure of their post office. more

Opinion: Blame misplaced for crash of CG-6017

I must question why the Coast Guard will use all its considerable skill to castigate the crew of CG-6017 and single out the co-pilot, LT Leone, for blame. Maybe the answer can be provided by the Commandant, Admiral Robert Papp, who so desperately wants ‘accountability.’ Perhaps the answer can be provided by Admiral Ostebo who wants to give Admiral Papp what he wants – an aviator held accountable. more

Sitkans join state in march against domestic violence

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The Choose Respect campaign is led by Governor Sean Parnell’s administration. In Sitka, it’s resulted in marches and in the commissioning of a mural that now hangs on the side of Blatchley Middle School. more

School board leans on reserves to balance budget

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The district’s 2013 spending plan was approved by the school board Wednesday night. It pulls more than $960,000 dollars from the district’s operating fund balance, and another $81,000 from its transportation reserve. more

Juneau Symphony to feature Sitka soloist

Kyle Pickett, music director of the Juneau Symphony, discusses his orchestra’s tour to Sitka this weekend (7:30 PM Sun Apr 1 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center, tickets $22/$17/$10 at Old Harbor Books). The 60-musician ensemble will perform pieces by Brahms, Marquez, and Grondahl Trombone Concerto featuring Sitka High senior George Jones. The Juneau Youth Symphony will perform at 4 PM. more

Thu Mar 29, 2012

Test fishing to continue today in 2012 Sac Roe Herring fishery. Coast Guard Admiral avoids protestors at Sitka airport, en route to meeting with state air crews about 2010 crash. Court-ordered reapportionment plan has no changes for new SE districts. Bills to assist villages develop safer water and sewer systems moving in legislature. more

Rally to send message of hope, healing for DV victims

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Hello, my name is Martina Kurzer from Sitkans Against Family Violence. The next time you are at the store, a restaurant, church, the post office or community event, take a moment and glance around. And then consider that 60 percent of Alaskan women have been physically assaulted or threatened by an intimate partner or sexually assaulted in their lifetime, according to a recent University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center study. more