Monthly Archives: January 2014

Straley’s ‘Cold Storage’ finds humor, mystery in small-town Alaska

Sitka-based crime novelist John Straley shares insights into his latest work Cold Storage, Alaska, which will hit bookstores on February 4. Learn more about the novel on Straley's Facebook page. Straley will sign copies in Sitka on Tue Feb 4 at Old Harbor Books.

Parent cafe a new venue to discuss teen issues

Elena Gustafson, with Sitkans Against Family Violence, discusses plans for the evening's Parent Cafe at Blatchley Middle School.

Fri Jan 31, 2014

Newell assumes command of the USCG Cutter Maple in on board ceremony. After two rough years, SEARHC CEO Charles Clement says finances have stabilized. Homeless Connect event shed's light on Sitka's invisible population.

Thu Jan 30, 2014

Small bike shelter in Sitka represents a large effort to develop second-growth forest industry. Juneau woman benefits from new insurance available under the Affordable Care Act. Former aide to Kreiss-Tomkins, Kookesh, changes party affiliation to replace Kerttula.

Homeless event sheds light on Sitka’s invisible population

Mt. Edgecumbe High School seniors hand out socks and toiletries at Project Homeless Connect.Fewer people than expected turned out for Sitka’s second annual Project Homeless Connect event on Wednesday (1-29-14), but organizers blame the beautiful weather. About 50 Sitkans received vouchers for goods and services, consulted with health care professionals, and connected with social service organizations. Unlike some places -- like downtown Seattle -- Sitka doesn’t have panhandlers, or people sleeping on the street, so it isn’t very clear who’s homeless. But, on one day a year during Project Homeless Connect, the community’s most invisible population becomes visible.

A new commander for the Maple

Lt. Commander Michael Newell took over the Coast Guard Cutter Maple on Thursday. The Maple is his first command. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Lt. Commander Michael Newell formally took charge of the Sitka-based Coast Guard cutter Maple today, in an Assumption-of-Command ceremony held on the ship. The Maple’s previous chief, Lt. Commander Fred Seaton, was relieved of command this fall, after the Coast Guard received reports of a “poor command climate."

Clement: After two hard years, SEARHC ‘turning outward’

SEARHC CEO Chuck Clement says he's spent the last two years "putting out fires." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The CEO of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium says it’s been a rough couple of years, but the organization’s finances have stabilized. Charles Clement is only 39 years old, but he told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (1-29-14) that the experience had cost him some gray hairs and about 25 pounds. After taking the top job at SEARCH in early 2012, he had the unpleasant responsibility of reporting a $4-million dollar loss the previous year.

A little bike shelter with big ambitions

The shelter is built entirely from locally-sourced wood: Sitka spruce for the frame, cedar for the siding and shingles. (KCAW photo/Emily Forman)Sitkans this week (Tue 1-28-14) dedicated a new bike shelter downtown. The small, timber-framed structure is actually the culmination of a large undertaking to help develop an industry around young-growth trees in the Tongass.

Wed Jan 29, 2014

Assembly postpones action on tightening smoking ban; passes rules on local purchasing; and applies for AEA loan to complete Blue Lake project. LeConte breakdown complicates travel plans for fog-bound Haines/Skagway residents. Ketchikan "cash mob" lands on local bookstore.

At Assembly, smoking law stirs controversy

Should children be prohibited from entering a business that allows smoking -- even during a non-smoking event? That was the question before the Sitka Assembly on Tuesday. A holiday party for some Sitkans represented, for others, a threat to public health – and a violation of the voters’ intent.