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Nomination close Friday for BP Teachers of Excellence

Tara Stevens, Associate Director for Government & Public Affairs with BP, discusses the company's teacher recognition program, BP Teachers of Excellence. Nominations are open through Friday, Januar 30. Nomination forms can be found online here. There have been two recent Sitka winners, Christy Anderson (2014) and Michael Mahoney (2012), both from Mt. Edgecumbe High School. Stevens is hoping to see more nominations from Sitka this year. Thirty-three teachers will be recognized in the 20th anniversary year of the program. Audio temporarily unavailable.

New Sealaska logging sites near earlier cuts

1-20-15 Sealaska Vice President and General Counsel Jaeleen Araujo, front row right, describes Tongass land being tranferred to the regional Native corporation under terms of recently-passed legislation. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Sealaska says it will begin logging its new lands later this year. The first parcels cut will be on Prince of Wales Island and the Cleveland Peninsula.

‘DUCKumentary’ kicks off park’s environmental film series

Sitka National Historical Park ranger Ryan Carpenter, the Sitka Conservation Society's Mary Wood, and the Sitka Sound Science Center's Ashley Bolwerk are collaborating on a winter film series at the park. The first screening, DUCKumentary, is tonight (7 PM Wed Jan 28 and 2 PM Sat Jan 31, SNHP theater, free admission). Carpenter says Sitka's waterfowl are some of the most beautiful anywhere, and they live fascinating lives. Audio temporarily unavailable.

Artesian well cleaned to improve flows; will be open tomorrow

The flow rate of water from the artesian well had slowed significantly in the past few years,  prompting X to seek funding for inspection and cleaning. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)The Forest Service temporarily closed the artesian well for system inspection last Wednesday (1-21-15). District Ranger Perry Edwards says the water was always safe to drink. The problem was that it was coming out too slowly.

UPDATE: No Assembly meeting broadcast tonight

KCAW is unable to air its usual live broadcast of the Sitka Assembly this evening, because of technical issues with our remote transmitter. We will post the full audio of the meeting on our website tomorrow and apologize for the inconvenience!

Mt. Edgecumbe DDF poised for state tourney

The state Drama, Debate, and Forensics tournament is set for Feb 19 - 21 in Anchorage. This year Mt. Edgecumbe will be taking 12 competitors -- their largest team in many years. With coach Marcia Drake and team members Aana Rangitsch (jr - Palmer) and Jinglin Yang (jr - China). Audio temporarily unavailable.

Story Lab unleashes creative energy of kids

sally_helmSally Helm, a Sitka Service Fellow with the Island Institute, describes Story Lab, a new literary program for kids ages 7-19. There are four parts to the program: Afterschool, with weekly sessions; Saturday workshops; In-school, where Helm visits classrooms; and a publishing component. Story Lab is happening now. For more information visit Story Lab at the Island Institute. This audio temporarily unavailable.

Sitka bike rider medevacked after collision with truck

A Sitka High School freshman was medevacked to Harborview Hospital in Seattle after being struck by a vehicle Friday evening (1-23-15). 15-year old Cody Bergman is in stable condition, according to close family friends, and he is responsive. However, doctors are keeping him sedated while they assess the extent of his injuries.

Marc Luiken is state’s new transportation commissioner

8-19-11 Marc Luiken at Jno C of C horiz widerThere’s a new boss at the state agency overseeing roads, airports and ferries.

Morning host Melissa Marconi-Wentzel signs off

Marconi-Wentzel has been hosting Morning Edition on and off since 2004. On her last day, she said, "I hope to be back some day. Raven Radio and all of the listening communities will never be far from my thoughts." (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW photo)Thousands of KCAW listeners across the region -- from Yakutat to Port Alexander -- have awoken to the voice of Melissa Marconi-Wentzel saying, "Good Morning. You are listening to Morning Edition." But how much do you know about the person behind the voice?