Author Archives: Vanessa Walker, KCAW

Sunshine warms Sitka’s July 4th

Sunshine warms Sitka's July 4thAfter ushering in July 4th the night before with a fireworks show that could be seen across the city, Sitkans enjoyed a warm, sunny Independence Day.

The Raven Radio Raffle is on!

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Raven Radio’s Alaska Airlines Raffle is going on now. This is your opportunity to win two round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies with no blackout dates. Tickets are $10 and available week days at the station. The drawing will be … more

As cost of living in Sitka rises, city creates citizens’ taskforce

Mayor Mim McConnell was joined by City Administrator Mark Gorman to invite Sitkans to participate in a citizens' taskforce (CT) on city services, revenues, and fees. The Assembly directed city staff to set up the task force at the last meeting. According to McConnell and Gorman, the 7-member focus group will include a Chair and Vice Chair and will meet for six months. The group will be tasked with determining Sitka's core services and how to fund those services into the future. Downloadable audio.

A root beer float party for 500+ Sitkans

KCAW_4thJuly_SMALL2Ken Fate, the Station Manager of Raven Radio, was joined by Development Director Amy Kramer Johnson to talk about a post-parade root beer float party to thank all listeners this Independence Day. This Saturday, July 4th 2015, Raven Radio will be giving out free root beer floats in the Cable House parking lot at 2:30 p.m. The tradition began on Raven Radio's 30th anniversary and this year, will include lawn games and live music by Jason Caputo and Kari Groven with Ed Littlefield and Christian Fabian. Downloadable audio.<

Coast Guard rescues fisherman near Kruzof Island

The Coast Guard hoists a man suffering from stroke-like symptoms from a fishing vessel on the west side of Kruzof Island. Photo courtesy Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a man from a fishing vessel in Gilmer Bay, on the west side of Kruzof Island Monday afternoon (6-29-15). The man was reportedly suffering from stroke-like symptoms.

A 400-year-old weaving mystery

Tracing_Roots_11x17_v4_hi_rezDocumentary filmmaker Ellen Frankenstein was joined by master weaver and Haida elder Delores Churchill, who is the subject of her latest documentary Tracing Roots: A Weaver's Story. They will be screening the documentary tomorrow (07-01-15) from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, in the Pioneers Home Chapel. Downloadable audio.

4th of July to celebrate American innovation

Sitka’s Fourth of July celebration is right around the corner, with some of the same festivities from years past -- and a few surprises.

Celebrating American innovation at parade

kidlollyKealoha Harmon, the Community Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, was joined by Suzan Hess, the Board President of the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce, to review plans for this year's 4th of July parade. The deadline for marchers to register is Thursday, July 2. Downloadable audio.

Harbor Mountain road open to public again

Harbor Mountain Road in Sitka is open again after a long closure. Starting Friday, 6-26-15, vehicles and pedestrians will have full access to the recreation area and trailhead at the top of the mountain.

Sitkans react to gay marriage ruling

Image courtesy Mel Green/FlickrAlthough same-sex marriage has been legal in Alaska since last October, residents of Sitka and visitors alike had thoughtful reactions to Friday's (6-26-2015) landmark decision by the US Supreme Court.