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Seiner sinks in Eastern Channel

122Yesterday evening (09-01-15), a wooden seiner ran aground in the vicinity of the Twins Island, roughly 0.5 to 0.75 nm off the mouth of Indian River. The F/V Pacific Venture later sunk. Marine Safety Detachment Sitka estimates 5 gallons of diesel fuel was released in that grounding.

Governor declares disaster in Sitka, freeing up relief funds

150818_slides_Waldholz_01On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment, but that the incident is ongoing and total recovery costs are unknown. According to Gorman, the cost of emergency response alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars. Individual assistance and family grants are also available, at a cap of $16,450 per household.

Source of large oil spill in ANB Harbor identified

IMG_2990The Coast Guard has determined the source of a large diesel spill that spread from Sitka Sound into ANB harbor yesterday morning (08-31-15). The source was a commercial vessel south of ANB Harbor, Since the spill wasn’t reported for several hours, the size could have been anywhere from 50 gallons to 300 gallons. That made clean-up difficult.

LIVE: Web stream of Glacier Conference

GLACIER_Logo_1_Color_668_1Today (08-31-15), the U.S. State Department will host a GLACIER Conference in Anchorage. Diplomats from 20 countries will discuss challenges facing Arctic communities. Click here for the agenda. To view a live web stream of the President's closing remarks around 5pm, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/

Waldholz signs off: “I am just proud of this radio station”

10014056_10101188215832742_1652773386_oRachel Waldholz is the Reporter for Raven Radio - KCAW. And after two years and countless stories, today is her last day on the job. In September, Waldholz will join the APRN as a roving, state-wide reporter on energy issues in Alaska. Beginning Monday, August 31st, Melissa Marconi-Wenzel will return as Morning Edition Host. Former Winter Fellow Emily Kwong will be the interim reporter as Raven Radio seeks a permanent replacement. Downloadable audio.

William Stortz, 1953-2015: A compelling, complicated heart

William Stortz was the most complicated man many of us will ever know. He was deep and steadfast and difficult to fathom. But complicated doesn’t mean contradictory. William measured his universe in long, deliberate strides.

School board launches search for a new member

The Sitka School Board formally accepted the resignation of president Lon Garrison Wednesday evening (8-26-15), starting a 30-day clock in which they must name a replacement.

Cross Country to open school sports year this weekend

27 students are on the Sitka High 2015 Cross Country team. (KCAW photo/Charles Bingham)The Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe high school cross-country running teams will hit the trails this weekend when they host their only home meet of the season.

Veteran teachers to lead Sitka’s high schools

Mandy Summer (l.) and Lyle Sparrowgrove have decades of combined experience in the classroom. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Both of Sitka’s high schools have new principals -- and both are familiar faces with a lot of teaching experience.

Oso battalion chief: Sitka slide is ‘déjà vu’

Among all the expertise imported by Sitka to aid in the recovery operation at the Kramer Avenue slide, one man finds this disaster hits very close to home.