Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

As boats sink, Coast Guard issues warning

The F/V Skeeter was hauled out of the water on November 22 after sinking in Eliason Harbor earlier in the month. (Photo courtesy of Stan Schoening)The Coast Guard is asking local boat owners to check their vessels after a spate of sinkings this fall. The F/V Skeeter was hauled out of the water on Friday, after it sank at its mooring in Eliason Harbor in early November. It is one of five boats that have gone down in area harbors since August.

New map shows likely tsunami flood zones

Matt Goff takes a look at the new tsunami inundation map created by the Alaska Earthquake Information Center. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)In the back of most Sitkans’ mind is this question: When the big wave comes, will my house be under water? Researchers at the Alaska Earthquake Information Center have an answer, of sorts. This month, they released a new map outlining which parts of Sitka would be affected by a major tsunami.

After a warm autumn, winter comes in a hurry

snowchildThe National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Sitka and Port Alexander, in effect until 6am Thursday. The forecast calls for 7 to 11 inches of snow Wednesday night, turning into rain on Thursday.

VIDEO: Coast Guard helicopter rescues two near Kruzof Island

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 5.42.38 PMA Coast Guard helicopter rescued two hunters on Saturday after their skiff overturned near Sitka Point. The skiff apparently capsized after one of the two stepped out onto shore. A second man was left in the water, and managed to climb on top of the overturned boat. Coast Guard crew members filmed the rescue. To watch the video, click here:

Body of missing teen found after four-day search

FALZERANO_tmbSearch officials confirmed that the body of 19-year-old Scott Falzerano, Jr., was located this morning at about 9:25 AM, near the Indian River Trail. Falzerano’s family reported him missing on Tuesday, and teams had searched the Indian River Valley for the past three days.

Alaska public health centers offer free flu vaccinations

State public health centers are encouraging everyone to get a flu vaccine this fall.The state of Alaska is offering free flu vaccinations for anyone whose insurance doesn’t cover it. The decision is part of a statewide effort to encourage more people to go get vaccinated.

No leads in search for missing Sitka teen

Scott Falzerano, Jr., has been missing since Monday, November 11. (Photo courtesy of Heleena van Veen, via Facebook)Search and rescue officials have no new leads in the disappearance of 19-year-old Scott Falzerano, Jr., who was reported missing on Tuesday morning. He was last seen by friends on Monday afternoon near the cemetery on Sawmill Creek Road.

Sitka wins big at Southeast DDF meet

Sitka High School’s Jack Petersen performing his command performance. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to hear audio from the performance. – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KSTKSitka teams cleaned up at the third Southeast Drama, Debate and Forensics tournament, which was held this past weekend in Wrangell. Listen to an extended interview with Sitka DDF coach Stefanie Ask, and students Celia Lubin, Annemarie Pike, and Owen Fulton.

Downtown power outage caused by cable failure

An underground cable failure left parts of Sitka without electricity for several hours on Saturday morning. While most of the city’s electricity runs through overhead wires, Sitka’s downtown core is served by high-voltage underground cables. Those are subject to occasional failures, said Sitka Utilities Director Christopher Brewton.

Sitka named Alaska’s first “walk-friendly” community

Students from Mt. Edgecumbe High School walk across the O'Connell Bridge toward downtown Sitka. (Photo courtesy of Walk Sitka)Sitka has been named one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in America.