Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

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.” more

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. more

In Sitka, Lt. Gov Treadwell talks Senate run

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell stopped in Sitka on Friday, January 24. Treadwell is running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell is seeking the Republican nomination to run against Democrat Mark Begich for the U.S. Senate, in a race that’s drawing nationwide attention. Speaking to KCAW during a stop in Sitka, Treadwell talked public lands, personal privacy, and what, exactly he means by his campaign motto, “bringing decision-making home.” more

Sitka 4th-grader to audition for America’s Got Talent

9-year-old Hunter Lambdin will travel to Providence, R.I. to audition for America's Got Talent, accompanied by her mother, Stephanie Lambdin, and her brother, Colt.

Most of us take awhile to figure out what we want to do when we grow up. But one Sitka fourth-grader has it all figured out. Hunter Lambdin has been singing pretty much since the day she was born. Now she’s headed to the East Coast, to audition for NBC’s America’s Got Talent — all thanks to a little help from some Sitka friends. more

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. more

Wed Jan 22, 2014

Sitka man sentenced to four years for drunk driving and auto theft. Sealaska looks for youth advisor. Coast Guard monitors sunken tug boat near Wrangell. Forest Service sets up board to rewrite Tongass management plan. more

Democratic candidate Mallott visits Sitka

Democratic candidate for Governor Byron Mallott called Sitka his "second home" on a campaign stop at the ANB Hall on December 18. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

Democratic candidate for governor Byron Mallott visited Sitka on Wednesday night. He discussed his opposition to SB21, expressed support for the Sealaska land bill, and reminisced about time spent in Sitka. more

GCI buys three Southeast TV stations, with big ambitions

GCI has announced plans to buy all three CBS affiliates in Southeast Alaska, including KTNL in Sitka. The purchase comes just weeks after GCI officially took ownership of three other stations, including Sitka’s KSCT. If the sale is approved, GCI will own most of the commercial TV stations in Southeast–and it could mark a new era in Alaska media. more

Running across the country to raise awareness of GMO-free food

Sitka father-and-son team Brett and David Wilcox talk about their plan to run across the United States to raise awareness of sustainable agriculture and GMO-free food. more

Fri Dec 12, 2013

Governor Parnell’s proposed budget includes no money for Southeast hydro projects. Budget includes several million dollars for Sitka infrastructure, but more for transportation projects elsewhere. City officials disappointed the budget includes no money for Sitka’s Blue Lake dam. Next year’s Stikine king salmon return expected to improve, but not enough for a commercial fishery. more