Author Archives: Emily Russell, KCAW News

Go behind the scenes of the Alaska Day parade!

Nurses from Sitka had their own float this year at the 2016 Alaska Day parade. (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell)No city celebrates Alaska Day like Sitka and no event is bigger than Sitka’s Alaska Day parade. But while spectators set up chairs and line up for candy, the party has already started just up the block. Downloadable audio.

Legislative candidates tackle budget, social issues in school forum

The contenders to represent Sitka and its neighboring communities in the Alaska legislature met in a forum this week (10-17-16) at Sitka High School. The issues ranged far beyond the state's budget crisis.

Sitka’s Green Lake plant temporarily shut down

The Green Lake Dam, as seen in a 2008 file photo. As water levels begin to drop, the city has renewed its call for Sitkans to conserve electricity. (File photo)The Green Lake Hydro plant was shut down late Monday night (10-17-16) after a hydraulic ram failed. The 16.5 MW (megawatt) plant works in tandem with the Blue Lake Power plant to provide hydropower to Sitka.

Last Day for Raven Radio Raffle Tickets!

Raffle_webThis is your opportunity to win two round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies with no blackout dates. Tickets are $10 and available weekdays at the station and occasionally at Sea Mart. Outside of Sitka? Give us a call at (907) 747-5877.

Sitkans Can Dance this Saturday!

Sitkans Can Dance is sponsored by the Greater Sitka Arts Council and the Sitka Studio of Dance and will take place this Saturday, Oct 22 7pm at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. Downloadable audio.

GPIP board identifies contractor for multi-purpose dock

Selling off the park is within the GPIP board's mission: “Unlike other property owned by the 
municipality, the former Alaska Pulp Corporation mill site was acquired not for governmental 
purposes from the state or federal government, but for economic development and disposal."  (GPIP photo)In Sitka, the Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board has chosen a contractor to build a multi-purpose dock at the facility, to be completed by January 2018. The dock would primarily support the freight and fishing industries.

Sitka Health Summit to brainstorm wellness initiatives

newsitkahealthsummitlogoThis year's summit takes place this Friday (10/21/16) 8:30am to 4pm at UAS. To register, visit Downloadable audio.

City appoints Ankerfelt as Sitka police chief

Sitka's newest police lieutenant, Jeff Ankerfelt, is sworn in. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Police Department)Jeff Ankerfelt will be Sitka’s Chief of Police, effective November 1st. City Administrator Mark Gorman announced the news Tuesday (10-17-16) in a press release. Ankerfelt has been the Acting Police Chief since September, after Sheldon Schmitt took extended family medical leave.

Internet issues traced to broken equipment

A new plan will extend high-speed broadband and cell service in rural areas. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)Sitka experienced a few outages this weekend that severed power and Internet access.

Blood Bank of Alaska seeks blood and cookies

The blood drive will take place on Thursday, October 20th and Friday, October 21st, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall in Room 1.