Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Trick-or-treat trio

halloween girlsDespite 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?

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.

Sitka shortlisted for national health prize

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

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.

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.

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.

Wet Alaska Day does nothing to dampen spirits

131018_AKday_0263A 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.

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?

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.

Maple commander removed for “poor command climate”

Coast Guard, NOAA return weather buoy to service in Southeast AlaskaThe commander of the Sitka-based Coast Guard cutter Maple has been temporarily removed from command after officials received reports of problems on board.