Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Coast Guard Unit You May Not Know About on: The Speaking Tube

Speakingtube_012114The Marine Safety Unit is the only Coast Guard unit not located on Japonski Island. Just a few Coast Guard men and women call this unit home, and we get to know one of them. Listen to Speaking Tube with guest host Jen Everly. Marine Science Technician, 1st Class as she plays us her favorite songs.

ORCA launches Youth Adventure Program

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.

Fri Jan 24, 2014

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.

JazzFest! is time for teaching, talent

Sullivan Fortner will perform at the 2014 Sitka JazzFest with his trio.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.

Prop 1 opponents say it’s too soon to roll back oil tax reform

The Vote No on 1 Coalition argues that Alaska's old tax structure made it less competitive than other oil producing areas in the US and around the world.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 connects marquee talent with students

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.

Thu Jan 23, 2014

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.

For birders, 114 years and counting

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.

New summer programs boost Sitka Fine Arts Camp enrollment

sfac middle school open feaAn expanded list of course offerings has helped push enrollment in the summer sessions of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp to a strong start. The camp enrolled over 700 students last summer. As of last Friday (1-17-14), camp director Roger Schmidt said well more than half those slots were filled.

National Honor Society looks for service opportunities

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.