Postcard: Art meets science at Sitka’s Whalefest
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Over it’s 17-year run, Sitka’s WhaleFest has evolved from a tourist event into a research and cultural conference on a wide range of Arctic and marine mammals issues. There is also a large educational component, as visiting scientists spend considerable time in local classrooms.
Blatchley Middle School student reporters Ella Lubin, Lilly Hood, and Kaia Gleason attended several of the WhaleFest floor sessions, and met with the presenters and their audience.
Colleen Dalquist and Patricia Atkinson are the local coordinators of Walk MS, a national initiative to connect people living with MS and their caregivers. Dalquist and Atkinson decided to bring the walk to Sitka this year and to share their personal experiences. Sitka's Walk MS will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Downloadable audio. more
69 passengers and 5 crew members are safe after being evacuated from a tour boat Thursday afternoon (5-21-15) in Sitka. more