Monthly Archives: July 2012

Sitka will stay course on 2008 citizen lawsuit

Sawmill Cove Industrial Park in Sitka.The City of Sitka will continue defending a lawsuit brought by two residents in 2008. Jeff Farvour and Mike Litman represent the group Sitkans for Responsible Government. They sued the city four years ago after it twice rejected a citizens’ initiative from the municipal election ballot.

After 2 weeks’ rehearsal, ‘Birdie’ to open Friday

IMG_0017-1At the high school level, putting on a musical can take anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks. At the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, it takes two. A group of high school-age students are working through the ambitious rehearsal schedule at the camp’s first-ever two-week musical theater session.

Full swoon

Conrad_slays_smAfter about as much time (two weeks) as it might take to hold auditions and cast a traditional student musical, the Sitka Fine Arts Camp will bring a complete show to the stage. Bye Bye Birdie opens Friday evening (7-27-12 7 PM in the Sitka Performing Arts Center), with full cast, orchestra, and sets. The show is loosely-based on Elvis Presley's enlistment in the military.

“Bye Bye Birdie” opens Friday evening

After only two weeks of rehearsal on a Broadway-level of intensity, the Sitka Fine Arts Camp will stage the musical Bye Bye Birdie this weekend (7 PM Fri Jul 27, 2 PM & 7 PM Sat Jul 28, Sitka Performing Arts Center; Tickets $20 at Old Harbor Books). Conductor and vocal director Andrew Hames, instrument director Ed Littlefield, rehearsal pianist Susan Wingrove, and performers Gavin Struempler and Ben Gordon discuss the show's intense schedule.

Thu Jul 26, 2012

Michelle Putz, Matt Hunter file for assembly seats; Cass Pook files for school board, with deadline nearing. Sen. Begich enters Sitka's resolution opposing "corporate personhood" into Congressional Record during floor speech. Sitka Fine Arts Camp to stage full production of "Bye, Bye Birdie" after only two weeks of rehearsal. Wrangell community smokehouse to be dedicated Friday (7-27-12).

Sitka resolution entered into Congressional Record

Begich_SpeechSitka’s opposition to “corporate personhood” has been formally entered into the Congressional Record. Alaska Sen. Mark Begich asked for Sitka’s resolution to be entered into the official proceedings of the United States Congress during a floor speech on July 17th.

Groups go after invasive weed on Admiralty Island

Angoon Community Association Watershed Crew Leader Calvin Washington looks for invasive black bindweed in Whitewater Bay. Photo courtesy SEACC.There’s an effort underway to eradicate a Lower 48 weed that’s choking off plant life in part of Southeast Alaska. Three organizations combined forces to pull black bindweed from a beach.

Commentary: Politics should be about people

jonkt100Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is the Democratic candidate for House District 34. In this commentary, he says he's running because politics should be about serving people, not advancing a career.

Wed Jul 25, 2012

Sitka assembly advances a scaled-back harbor rate proposal. Downtown cruise dock ballot initiative receives lukewarm support. Assembly runs out of time; recesses until 6 PM tonight (7-25-12), 3rd floor conference room, City Hall. Author and Sitka Fellow Ross Perlin will spend the summer researching Third World poverty within the US.

Looking for the Third World within our borders

Perlin_mdA Brooklyn-based author plans to spend the summer doing research on third-world poverty – inside the US. Ross Perlin is one of eight Sitka Fellows living on the Sheldon Jackson campus in July and August. This is the first year of the program, designed to foster visionary thinking in young people under thirty. If he’s successful, Third World Next Door will be Perlin’s second major book.