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Ready for a trip to Hawaii, Mexico, Florida? Tickets for the annual Raven Radio Raffle are available this Saturday at the Farmer's Market, Sunday at Sea Mart from 3-5pm and weekdays at the station, $10 each. The winning ticket holder will win 2 tickets on Alaska Airlines to any Alaska Airlines destination with no blackout dates. Please contact Amy at 747-5877 with questions.
After 53 years of continuous service, the turbines at Sitka’s Blue Lake Hydro plant are quiet. Walt Dangel, one of the original powerhouse operators at Blue Lake, threw the switches turning off the plant in a small decommissioning ceremony Monday morning (8-18-14). Dangel was assisted by Frank Rogers, Sitka’s senior plant operator. The two old turbines produce a combined 6 megawatts of power. They’re being replaced by three new turbines that will produce 16 megawatts.
After an unprecedented two extensions, the summer king salmon season for trollers in Southeast is over. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game closed the fishery at 11:59 PM Monday, August 18 -- two days later than planned. The target for the three-day opener was 36,000 kings. But on day one it looked like trollers were bringing in about 12 fish per day. During the first opener of the season -- the first week of July -- trollers were landing about 50 kings per day.
2012 Sitka High grad George Jones is pursuing the study of trombone at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He'll perform a recital 7 PM this Thursday, August 21, at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. He started playing the trombone in Blatchley Middle School, because his brother was playing the instrument too.
Three Sitka defendants are facing drug trafficking charges related to meth and heroin. A Sitka Grand Jury last week indicted 56-year old John M. Laigo on three counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree for delivering methamphetamine. 30-year old Crystal D. Brazell faces one count, also for allegedly delivering meth. In an unrelated case, 45-year-old Noriss Sergius Howard is facing three counts of MISCS in the Second Degree for allegedly delivering heroin.
This week KCAW says goodbye to Greta Mart, our 2014 summer news intern, Greta Mart. Greta worked for 8 years as a professional print reporter in the Bay Area before applying to the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and making the leap into broadcasting. Greta filed stories for the KCAW News Department on her first AND last days of work (and many in between). A letter-writer to her newspaper in Martinez, CA, once wrote that "Greta covers the county like a buzzsaw." We made that nickname stick: Thanks for the hard work, Buzz! Good luck in your career, whether it leads you back to the Bay, or to Infinity and Beyond!
A local Sitka non-profit called Artchange expanded its reach this summer, thanks to the addition of three Yale University interns. ArtChange is a project of a local filmmaker, who asked each student to put a lens on a different aspect of the community -- tourism, transportation and food. But they all shared a common goal: To get to know the people and places of Southeast Alaska.
Patrick Williams, injury prevention coordinator at Sitka Community Hospital, and Makai Saline discuss the importance of forming early exercise habits as part of "Live Fit" month this August. Saline swims and runs, both competitively and for fun. Only 11 years old, Saline won the under-18 division in the 1K Change Your Latitude Open Water Swim two weeks ago.