Author Archives: Brielle Schaeffer, KCAW News

Sitka police identify burglar

Sitka police say they have identified the suspect in the Harry Race Pharmacy burglary, which occurred earlier this month.

Mt. Edgecumbe students celebrate turkey day together

IMG_4194Many Mt. Edgecumbe High School students were far from home on Thanksgiving but each year the boarding school hosts a dinner for its students.

Boys get ready to run with SAFV program

b3810b_bc089aa4873547168635d0beeec175a1Lauren Havens, school program coordinator for Sitkans Against Family Violence, coach Wes Holloway and three young runners talk about Keet Gooshi Heen's "Boys Run" program. Downloadable audio.

After vandalism, caretaker for the dead receives unexpected help

The cemetery in the 1900s. Sam estimates it is the final resting place for 1600 bodies, 400 of which are marked. All are connected with the Russian Orthodox church and many are Tlingit. (Photo courtesy of Bob Sam)On a clear night in September, a group of vandals desecrated a 200-year old cemetery in Sitka, tipping over headstones. The caretaker, 61-year old Bob Sam, discovered the damage the next morning.

The real Sitka journey of Steinbeck’s ‘Doc Ricketts’

A new collection of essays about one of the most iconic figures in American literature has been published, shedding new light on his connections to Alaska -- and to "Star Wars."

City acts to avoid 80% power outage

MarineStreetThe Sitka Electric Department is concerned about more power failures, due to aging transformers at the Marine Street substation. The Sitka Assembly also voted this week to give regulatory power to the citizen-led Marijuana Advisory Committee.

Garden mentoring program recruiting families

Sitka_Local_Foods_NetworkMichelle Putz and Jennifer Carter, with the Sitka Local Foods Network, are seeking families to enroll in a free, 2-year, garden mentoring program. Anyone is welcome to apply. For more information call Putz at 747 2708 or visit the Sitka Local Foods Network online. Downloadable audio.

Sitka police release operations manual in wake of video

The video of the arrest of 18-year-old Franklin Hoogendorn will be examined by the FBI< along with Sitka's police procedures. (YouTube image capture)Sitka has released its police department operating manual to the public. The 342-page document was posted on the city’s website after a video of a high school student being tased went viral.

With sale, seed planted for affordable housing project

NeighborhoodLast night (11-24-15), the Sitka Assembly finalized the sale of a portion of the Old City Shops property for an affordable housing project. Though the ordinance passed, Assembly members wondered aloud about how to ensure that neighborhood would be built.

Sitka dancers ready for sweet ‘Nutcracker’ shows

12249621_1070361032983647_975908565021462123_nSitka Studio of Dance is performing "The Nutcracker" this year. The biannual performance sounds like it will be a real treat this year, with creative food-themed dances. Downloadable audio.