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The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Molly 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.
Rob 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.
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.