Monthly Archives: July 2012

Humanities can steer environmental change

Camila_Thorndike_lgClimate change and other environmental issues may seem like problems for the sciences, but at least one social activist believes they are problems for the humanities, too. Camila Thorndike studied Environmental Humanities at Whitman College, and now hopes to apply her unusual education toward resolving major global challenges. Thorndike is spending the summer in residence on the Sheldon Jackson campus as a Sitka Fellow.

Energy Cents targets home heat, power costs

Home energy improvement supplies and tools.A new energy-conservation effort is targeting home power and heating costs in more than a dozen Southeast Alaska communities.

Moran: Asking the same question through engineering and art

IMG_3269-1Pete Moran is an artist from upstate New York, and one of eight Sitka Fellows in the community this summer. Moran graduated college as an engineer, and worked on both aircraft systems and a driverless car. Now a sculptor, he says art and engineering are two ways of asking the same question. He spoke with KCAW's Robert Woolsey.

Tue Jul 31, 2012

Three candidates file for mayor in Sitka, with four days 'til deadline. Sitka consolidates voting precincts; all voters will go to Harrigan Centennial Hall. No injuries reported after Sitka motorist hits horse. Home school parents in remote communities strike a balance between the traditional and creative. Cruise-dependent communities push back against new EPA rules for low-sulfur diesel.

Graphic novelist looks at teen angst in “Eighth Grade”

Alden_dancer_smThe key to addictive comics is in the writing, not the art.That’s how comic book creator Sam Alden views his craft, even though he may be on his way to becoming a top illustrator. Alden is a 2012 graduate of Whitman College who is spending his summer in Southeast Alaska as a Sitka Fellow, in a new program on the Sheldon Jackson Campus. He hopes to use his seven-week residency to fully develop an idea for his latest work, a graphic novel titled Eighth Grade.

UPDATE: 3 file to run for Sitka mayor

With four days left before the deadline, three candidates have shown interest in being the next mayor of Sitka. The deadline to get on the Oct. 2 municipal ballot is Friday at 5 p.m.

Thorndike: “Trying with all our heart” for ecosocial preservation

Camila Thorndike is a Sitka Fellow hoping to accelerate "the global movement for culturally attuned conservation." She is a 2010 graduate of Whitman College with a degree in Environmental Humanities. Thorndike discussed her plans to work on sustainability in Chiloe, Patagonia with KCAW's Robert Woolsey.

Mon Jul 30, 2012

Air Station Sitka medevacks unconscious woman from cruise ship. New federal emmissions rules will affect cruise ships, but not state ferries. SeaTac Airport will consolidate Alaska Airlines operations in north satellite terminal by 2016. Pacific Northwest geologists take lesson in liquefaction from recent Japanese earthquakes.

Coastal Zone ballot prop debated at Chamber

Alaska voters who might be thinking about passing up next month’s state primary should think again. The statewide Coastal Zone Management program – which the legislature allowed to sunset last year – is coming back as a citizen initiative. High-profile speakers on both sides of the issue were in Sitka this week (Wed 7-25-12) to put their case before the Chamber of Commerce.

Fri Jul 27, 2012

Sitka assembly votes to continue litigation against land sale ballot sponsors. Pros and cons of Coastal Zone ballot initiative discussed at Sitka Chamber of Commerce. Crews fight invasive weeds on Admiralty Is.