Author Archives: Emily Kwong, KCAW

May 24, 2016: What’s happening at tonight’s Assembly meeting?

4434354492_8e440d4999_oTonight (5-24-16), the Assembly will consider a proposal to subsidize the utility bills of Sitkans struggling to make ends meet.

Bear attack survivor: ‘Grace was extended to me’

The survivor of a brown bear mauling near Yakutat 10 days ago says the animal was startled, and attacked instinctively. Ken Steck is recovering from his wounds. He spoke recently with KCAW.

Post-crisis, hospital works to pay back city

4880041665_bb70aca673_zThe financial picture at Sitka Community Hospital is like the tortoise: slow and steady, but determined. The city-owned hospital is still recovering from the discovery of a cash flow problem in 2014, but will begin paying down its $1 million debt to the city this coming fiscal year.

Sitka Salmon Derby expands competition boundaries

1-Derby_Boundaries-001Sitka Sportsman's Association president Steve Ramp and Salmon Derby chairman John McCrehin discuss the expanded boundaries for the 61st Annual Sitka Salmon Derby, which kicks off this weekend (5-28-16).

32nd running of Julie Hughes Triathlon Saturday

JHT_startKevin Knox and Aaron Prussian are two of the organizers of the 32nd Julie Hughes Triathlon, one of Alaska's first.

Sitka upgrades to silver level for bicycle friendly streets

DougOsborneCharlesBinghamSitkaBFCAward05172016On Wednesday (5-18-16), the League of American Bicyclists designated Sitka a “Silver Level” Bicycle Friendly Community. Only 73 other communities in the United States have earned this honor, including Anchorage.

Meeting federal regs, Sitka treats water with UV light

160519_UVPlant_woolseySome of the best drinking water anywhere may be just a little bit better now. Sitka officials on Thursday (5-19-16) cut the ribbon on a new, $8-million dollar ultraviolet disinfection plant for the town’s water supply.

School board approves $300,000 English curriculum purchase

Nat_Geo_ReachThe Sitka School Board has authorized the purchase of nearly $300,000-worth of new reading and writing curriculum for the elementary grades.

Pacific High graduates ready for future

IMG_7393Pacific High School’s three latest graduates are now on to bigger and brighter things. The alternative high school held its commencement ceremony Thursday night (5-19-16) at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. It was filled with traditional Alaska native drumming, heartfelt wishes and hopes for the future.

State, Southeast group to reconsider ferry system

5-19-16 Squarer - Walker, White shake hands after MOU is signedThe state and a regional development group are combining forces to develop a new business and management plan for the Alaska Marine Highway System.