Monthly Archives: January 2014
Alli Gabbert and Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, with Southeast Alaska Independent Living, discuss new programs for adults and children of all abilities. For more information visit SAIL online.
Elerding to Sitka Chamber: Prop 1 opponents claim it's too soon to roll back oil tax reform. Former Haines Rep. Bill Thomas considers a run for House or Senate seats. Wrangell Rep. Peggy Wilson continues her focus on transportation.
The Sitka JazzFest kicks off in February, and organizers believe they’ve once again found the right mix of talent and teaching for the event. This will be the 18th season of JazzFest. Many comparable jazz festivals place a lot of emphasis on competition and judging. Sitka’s JazzFest has an entirely different reputation.
Supporters of the state’s new oil tax regime have launched a major campaign to defeat a citizen initiative which would restore the old tax. Former Sitkan Rocky Elerding traveled from Ketchikan this week (1-22-14) to speak to Sitka’s Chamber of Commerce on the issue. The 1995 Sitka High graduate's 20-minute Powerpoint echoed much of the tax reform debate that dominated the Alaska legislative session last year.
Sitka JazzFest directors Mike Kernin and John DePalatis go over the lineup for this years' festival. February 6, 7, and 9 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. Tickets $10, $25, and $45 at Old Harbor Books. For complete schedule and ticket information visit the Sitka JazzFest online.
SE Dems seek applicants to replace departing minority leader, Beth Kerttula. Harris Air sues SEARHC over cancelled air ambulance contract. Ketchikan assembly appropriates an additional $150,000 to challenge state education policy. Sitka birders post high tally in annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Enrollment at SFAC off to a strong start.
Earlier this month, Sitkans took part in the annual Christmas Bird Count, now in its 114th year. Originally founded on Christmas Day in 1900, the venerable study is being put to some decidedly modern uses, as scientists study the numbers collected by generations of citizen-scientists to track shifts in bird populations and territories due to climate change.
KCAW's Brian Hanson speaks with Emma Bruhl, president of the National Honor Society at Sitka High School. The NHS admits students with a GPA of 3.5 and a commitment to service -- and is the force behind Sitka's annual polar dip.