Author Archives: Emily Kwong, KCAW

After 75 years, family keeps Sitka Sentinel running

Image0_SentinelThe Sitka Sentinel celebrated its 75th anniversary last year without much fanfare. As many newspapers in big cities have folded or turned into online only operations, the Sentinel has continued publishing five issues a week. The paper is owned and edited by Thad and Sandy Poulson, journalist who arrived in 1969 and are determined to keep the press running.

Responders use cell phone signal to trace injured woman

Responders found the woman next to a piling under the downtown Forest Service dock. (KCAW photo, Rachel Waldholz)An injured Sitka woman was safely transported to medical care on Monday, after responders located her using a cell phone signal.

Listen: Raven News flies high at 2015 Alaska Press Club Awards

KCAW News made several trips to the podium last Saturday (4-25-15) at the 2015 Alaska Press Club Awards. In case you missed them, here's a rundown of our award-winning news last year.

Sitka Salmon Shares buys plant, expands its direct sales model

Launched 5 years ago, Sitka Salmon Shares now has over 2,000 customers who buy seafood across the midwest. The company just purchased Big Blue Fisheries in order to expand its operations.

Board looks to private sector to fund Community Schools

The Sitka School Board Wednesday night (4-22-15) approved a budget for next year with only 3 fewer teachers -- but left open the question of whether or not to keep the Community Schools program.

Wizenberg: Turning a love of food into a career

MW by Kyle JohnsonMolly Wizenberg is a food writer and restaurateur from Seattle. Her blog, Orangette, just won a James Beard Foundation award for Best Individual Food Blog. Wizenberg will be reading from her work at Kettleson Memorial Library at 7 p.m. tonight (04-27-15). Downloadable audio.

Botanists look to fern for clues to Southeast’s past

Brad Krieckhaus, botanist at the Sitka Ranger District, made the first modern find of the fern on the southwest side of Baranof Island in Summer 2005.A species of fern common in Asia has been found in Southeast Alaska. But unlike invasive species, Wright’s filmy fern is an early colonizer. And figuring out how and when it got here is the next piece of the puzzle.

Rob Harcourt: Where the wild things swim

Rob_HarcourtRob Harcourt is a professor of Marine Ecology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He's in Sitka as a Scientist in Residency Fellow (SIRF) at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Harcourt uses advanced tagging techniques to study ocean animals and their habitat -- everything from jellyfish to blue whales. He'll be speaking tonight (6PM Wed Apr 22, Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center, free) on climate change and penquins: "Will Happy Feet feel the heat?" With SSS research director Tory O'Connell. Downloadable audio.

Native Youth Olympics connects athletes with culture

Kim Gumera of Unalaska kicking at 110″. Gumera won the award for Best Overall Male Athlete. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)Mt. Edgecumbe High School seniors Johnna Bouker (Dillingham) and Brittany Woods-Orrison (Rampart) discuss their participation in this year's Native Youth Olympics. The pair talk about the physical skills required in each event, as well as the cultural connections. With NYO coach Archie Young. Downloadable audio.

Closing after 65 years, Brenner women look to the future

IMG_7918The doors of one of the oldest family-owned stores in Sitka closed last month. Brenner’s Fine Clothing and Gifts has been a staple on Lincoln Street for the past 65 years.