Monthly Archives: November 2012

He ought to be in pictures!

IMG_6541-2The Weather Channel's hit series Coast Guard Alaska was in Sitka again this week to film an episode on the dramatic rescue of the crew of the fishing vessel Kaitlin Rae, which sank off Cape Edgecumbe on September 7, 2012. The boat's skipper, Stonie "Mac" Huffman, drifted ten miles in his survival suit before being picked up; 19-year-old crewman Ryan Harris drifted overnight in a fish tote. The show's producers called the station an asked us to help re-create local media during the event. We did not have to twist Ed's arm to put him in front of the camera. Before coming to Sitka, he hosted his newspaper's webcast.

‘Girls on the Run’ teaches life lessons through sports

Brian Sparks, with Sitkans Against Family Violence, and Diana Twaddle, a counselor at Keet Gooshi Heen elementary, explain how the "Girls on the Run" program supports the development of inter-personal relationships among girls. Ajah, Erin, and Reann say it's a lot of fun. For more information about Girls on the Run, visit the SAFV Facebook page.

Fri Nov 30, 2012

Deer hunters could face substantially reduced season on Kupreanof Island. US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs recognizes Ed Thomas during Native American Heritage Month. USCG Cutter Sherman calls at Attu Island, evoking WWII memories.

Thu Nov 29, 2012

Gold Medal basketball fans hope to have one of their greatest named to the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Haines Rep. Bill Thomas formally requests recount in 34-vote loss to Kreiss-Tomkins. Small-boat fleet (vessels less than 57 1/2 feet) will carry observers, in partial program beginning in 2013. Winter weather, darkness create traffic hazards on local streets.

The life and times of basketball legend Herb Didrickson

HERBGOLDMEDALHerb Didrickson is a lifelong Sitka resident, regarded by many as one of the greatest basketball players ever produced in Alaska. His friend, Gil Truitt, has nominated Didrickson for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame – for the third time. Truitt, and former Division I player and veteran college coach John Abell make the case for Didrickson’s selection. Hosted by KCAW’s Robert Woolsey.

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Personal boundaries: Learning the importance of ‘no’

kids playingFrom a young age, kids learn how to stay safe. They memorize their phone numbers, learn about stranger danger, and wear helmets when they ride their bikes. But some of the things they learn are more subtle, like to trust their intuition.

ANB basketball star on ballot for Hall of Fame

HERBDIDRICKSON_feaFans of Gold Medal Basketball in Southeast Alaska are hoping to see one of their greatest players named to Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Herb Didrickson played for Sheldon Jackson School in Sitka in the mid-1940s. He later dominated the Gold Medal tournament as a member of Sitka’s legendary Alaska Native Brotherhood team. But people who watched Didrickson play – and those who played against him – say he was far more than a regional standout. Nominating documents to the Hall of Fame refer to Didrickson as one of the finest basketball players ever.

Police urge winter road safety

carsWith winter weather upon us, Sitka police say road safety is a growing concern.

It’s official: Recount Monday in HD34 race

HD34 feaThe close race for House District 34, in Southeast, will go to a recount. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, holds a slight edge on state Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines.

Raven’s ‘SoundCheck’ debuts on Friday


Raven Radio is developing a new public affairs program — our first in several years! SoundCheck is about issues, ideas, and people in and around Sitka. The show will combine the best aspects of on-air journalism (tough issues, thoughtful conversation) … more