Pipe busted? Who you gonna call?
Think about this: If you really need accurate, timely information about a major news event in Sitka, where do you turn? On Friday, September 13, 2013 — or “Brown Friday,” to those lucky enough to have any water pressure! — Sitka’s water main broke in two places under Sawmill Creek Road, drying out much of the town. In addition to our immediate on-air information, KCAW also posted updates to our website and Facebook page. Over the course of the afternoon, public works director Michael Harmon began posting updates directly to our Facebook page. Even the Public Works Department phone greeting referred callers to KCAW’s Facebook page. That day, KCAW’s posts were viewed over 7,000 times. How do YOU make a difference when disaster calls? Please support community broadcasting in Sitka. Contribute now.
By the end of its meeting Tuesday night, the assembly had decided not to offer rebates for homeowners who install energy-efficient heat pump systems in their homes. But their path to that decision had less to do with heat pumps than with concerns about the city’s long-term electricity use. more
President Obama’s visit to the landslide in Oso, Washington, this week (Tue Apr 22) was timed to refocus the nation’s attention on this disaster, long after the headlines have moved elsewhere. Former Sitkan Barnaby Dow is the external affairs manager in the King County Office of Emergency Management in Seattle. more