Monthly Archives: April 2012

Interview: The role of trainers in preventing athletic injury

This year, the American College of Sports Medicine is casting a wide net to prevent injuries by highlighting the role of the trainer. The job is about a lot more than rushing in with a roll of tape and scissors when a player is down on the field. Trainers may be the difference between a quick recovery and unnecessarily prolonged injury for young athletes.

Sitka reading enthusiasts ‘book’ bus for giveaway

rsz_ledfordA bus full of librarians and volunteers is cruising around Sitka at this hour, handing out books to anyone who wants them. It’s part of World Book Night – a book giveaway happening in 6,000 American cities today.

Economic forum to reinvigorate past ideas

summit_smA community economic forum held in Sitka last week generated many new ideas for improving the local economy, but in the end participants decided to try and jumpstart some old ones. Participants voted to pursue affordable housing strategies on the benchlands, to develop a deepwater cruise dock downtown, and to develop a comprehensive marketing plan for independent tourism.

NPR bureau chief: Alaska more than “quirky” news

NPR's Western Bureau chief Jason DeRose knows Alaska produces more than its share of quirky news, but in the past year he's worked with public radio reporters to develop stories from a broader perspective.

Mon Apr 23, 2012

Community economic forum generates plenty of new ideas, but participants prefer to jumpstart some old. Alaska Supreme Court rules 2008 citizens' initiative was legal, and should have gone before Sitka voters. Court orders redistricting board to go back to the drawing board.

State high court rules in favor of 2008 Sitka citizen initiative

Sawmill Cove Industrial Park in Sitka.The Alaska Supreme Court ruled today (Friday 4-20-12) that a controversial 2008 citizens’ initiative in Sitka was legal, and should have gone before voters. The proposed initiative was seen by many as way to control further development at Sitka’s former pulp mill site -- including a possible cruise ship dock. But the litigation doesn’t mention ships at all. The underlying issues may be much larger.

Interview, Pt. 2: SEARHC chief exec on optimism, long-term future

SEARHC is Southeast Alaska’s largest private employer, and it’s working to address a $4 million loss from 2011. Yesterday, you heard about how SEARHC lost money and some of the steps managers are taking to bring the organization back into the black. Still, new CEO Charles bClement says despite the immediate situation, he has “incredible optimism” about the organization’s future.

Interview: SEARHC’s Clement on finances, future, arrest

clement_smallThe Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC, is the largest private employer in Southeast Alaska. Earlier this year, its new CEO reported to employees that the company took a $4 million loss in 2011, and that big changes were on the way to address that loss. On April 12, CEO Charles Clement visited Sitka and spoke to KCAW News about what those changes mean. He also addressed something that happened before he started work at SEARHC -- his January arrest in Anchorage.

Native leader, activist Isabella Brady dies at 88

hope and brady_smA pillar of the Alaska Native community, Isabella Brady, has died. Brady passed away early this morning (Wed 4-18-12) at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, after suffering a fall in her Sitka home on Monday. At the time of her death Brady was the president of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp No. 4, and a national advocate for Native issues.

Earth Day to feature parade, Starrigavan clean up

Adam Andis, with the Sitka Conservation Society, and Chris Leeseberg, USFS biologist, talk about Earth Day events this weekend, plus a clean up in the Starrigavan Valley on Saturday (3-21-12).