Sitka’s new roller derby team revealed its name tonight: Sitka Sound Slayers. This January, the fledgling team plans to spend a weekend rolling around the indoor track at Blatchley Middle School, so those with less experience can get a taste of what it feels like to be a roller girl. No need to bring skates to this event — Community Schools has agreed to loan old pairs to the group for the weekend. One of the team’s organizers, Nitrojen, said women of all skill levels are encouraged to check it out — they’ll be practicing for about a year before they start competing in bouts. For updates about upcoming meeting and events, you can visit the Sitka Sound Slayers’ Facebook page.
Derby on the mind
Sometime in August crews working on the Blue Lake hydro project in Sitka will shut off the old penstock from the dam and connect a new one -- work that will leave the town without its drinking water supply for up to four months. In the meantime, the city is returning to its former water plant on the Indian River, but it’s not a matter of turning a few valves. Because of higher drinking water standards, Sitka has rented a temporary filtration plant -- at a cost of about $1-million per month. more
Sitka Fine Arts Camp director Roger Schmidt and development intern Melissa Campbell discuss the camp's Restoration Internship Program. Twenty-six college students from around the country are working to save the former Sheldon Jackson College laundry, aka "Smokestack Building." Learn more about the Save It or Lose It campaign online. Also, check out a video of the project here. more