Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Trekking wild Alaska with toddlers in tow

Erin McKittrick and her daughter, Lituya, in a snowstorm during the family's trek to Malaspina Glacier. (Photo courtesy of Erin McKittrick).

Erin McKittrick and Hig Higson have taken their young family on epic adventures, from a 300-mile trek along the Chuckchi Sea to months spent on Malaspina Glacier. more

Work begins on River View Trail

A National Park Service trail crew is working on the River View Trail in Sitka National Historical Park. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)

The National Park Service began work this week on the River View Trail in the Sitka National Historical Park. more

City prepares to replace ANB harbor

Slip holders at ANB harbor have all been relocated to other spots around Sitka as the city prepares to demolish it. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)

ANB harbor has emptied out as the city prepares to demolish the existing structures and replace the harbor entirely. more

Wet Alaska Day does nothing to dampen spirits


A rainy day didn’t stop the crowds from lining Lincoln Street and climbing Castle Hill. Raven Radio was there, and put together this photo slideshow. more

Water main rupture draws attention to Sitka’s backup plan

After a contractor accidentally ruptured Sitka's primary water main, workers rushed to repair it. (Photo courtesy of Jay Sweeney)

When Sitka’s primary water main was ruptured last week, the city had 12 hours of water in storage tanks. The main was repaired before those tanks ran out. But it raised the question: What if it hadn’t been fixed in time? more

P.A. at 100: A community ponders its future

Sage Martin listens to Bud Durdle play the bodhrain, an Irish drum. Durdle, in addition to being a longtime Port Alexander resident, is a Raven Radio volunteer.

What’s does the future hold for Port Alexander, a community of about 60 people on southern Baranof Island? Residents say they don’t know. Some have fear, some have optimism. All of them, though, believe that places like “P.A.,” as it’s known, are worth preserving. more

Maple commander removed for “poor command climate”

Coast Guard, NOAA return weather buoy to service in Southeast Alaska

The commander of the Sitka-based Coast Guard cutter Maple has been temporarily removed from command after officials received reports of problems on board. more

‘P.A.’ at 100: Proud of its history, hopeful for the future


Port Alexander, on the southern tip of Baranof Island, marked its centennial this year. KCAW takes a look at how “P.A.” became a city, and how its residents hope remembering a strong history will ensure a bright future. This is the first of two parts. more

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

School board candidates field your questions during on-air forum. No commercial red or blue king crab fishery in SE this year. Hoonah man recovering from bear mauling. more

Thurs., Sept. 26, 2013

Congress renews funding important to Sitka, other SE cities. Health care industry an important economic driver in region. Federal official explains health insurance exchanges. more