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.
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The financial picture at Sitka Community Hospital is like the tortoise: slow and steady, but determined. The city-owned hospital is still recovering from the discovery of a cash flow problem in 2014, but will begin paying down its $1 million debt to the city this coming fiscal year. more