Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

VIDEO: Coast Guard helicopter rescues two near Kruzof Island

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A 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: more

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. more

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. more

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.
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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/KSTK

Sitka 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. more

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. more

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. more

Trick-or-treat trio

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Despite some truly spooky weather, crowds in costume turned out for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual downtown trick-or-treating on Halloween. This trio dressed up as fairy tale characters with a twist: they’re (un)dead. Can you name them? more

Sitka’s new bear cub settles in

Les Kinnear, who runs Fortress of the Bear, feeds the 9-month-old black bear cub by hand. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)

The orphaned black bear cub who recently became famous in the virtual world is settling into her new home in the real world, at Sitka’s Fortress of the Bear. more

Sitka shortlisted for national health prize

Sitka has been shortlisted for a national health prize, called Roadmaps to Health. more