Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

A nurse’s mission to heal Nepal — and herself

Women from the Upper Tsum Valley gather for a class on childbirth and recovery offered by one of Frazin's team. (Tsum Valley Medical Mission photo)A nurse at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka spent nearly a month last spring providing medical care in one of Nepal’s most remote valleys -- and she’s already planning another trip.

A look inside the Port Alexander Museum

The PA Historical Society incorporated in 1994, but the project picked up speed a decade ago, when a donor offered Karl Hansen’s original house for a museum.Karen Lucas, President and Founder of the Port Alexander Historical Society, talks about the history of the island community, the museum, and new artifacts from Port Alexander's 1930s heyday. Downloadable audio.

Wilderness guide medevacked after bear mauling in Sitkoh Bay

An Air Station Sitka helicopter prepares to hoist a litter carrying the victim of a brown bear mauling in Sitkoh Bay. Rescue swimmer Christopher Austin says the woman was not ambulatory, "But the good news is that she was talking to me." (USGS image)A helicopter from Air Station Sitka medevacked two wilderness guides from Sitkoh Bay Thursday afternoon (Thu 8-18-16), after they were mauled by a brown bear while leading a hiking expedition.

Sitka church a refuge ‘as mountains slide into the sea’

Pastor Paul McArthur says Grace Harbor Church is just a tool for the ministry, like the "hands and feet of its congregation." He doesn't think the church changed much after its dramatic role in the slide recovery effort, although it did have to serve temporarily as a Catholic sanctuary. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)In the aftermath of last August's landslide, Sitka staged a 24-hour relief effort out of Grace Harbor Church, the nearest building with the capacity to feed dozens of relief workers, shelter neighborhood evacuees, and to comfort the hundreds of residents awaiting news of the victims.

Fortress pursues $100 purchase of industrial property

Brown bears Baloo, Toby, and Lucky, after shredding a tent baited with a hot dog, during a school demonstration at the Fortress in 2015. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Plans are in motion at Sitka’s industrial park to give a nonprofit bear habitat the land it’s been leasing for the last 13 years. The park's board ordered a formal survey of the site.

A 20th-Century look at Sitka’s ‘Indian Village’

A view to the north of Sitka's 'Indian Village,' c. 1890. (Edward DeGroff photo, US Library of Congress)Clarence Antioquia is the former Alaska Area director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. A 1958 graduate of Sitka High School, he's presenting at this year's Paths Across the Pacific conference on the subject of Sitka's Indian Village. Downloadable audio.

Notes from the Landslide: One Year Later

2016-08-18-40Today (08-16-16) is the one-year-anniversary of the August 18th landslide in Sitka. In the week that followed, many in Sitka volunteered food, shelter, and sweat to the recovery effort. And amid these gestures of aid, one of the most healing agents was words.

Author talks coastal discovery of the Americas

688853_0uOpGrvsIan Hudson is presenting at the 9th Annual Paths Across the Pacific Conference this week. Hudson studies ancient seafaring communities and global maritime history. Downloadable audio.

Most incumbents do well in Southeast primaries

I voted stickerTuesday’s primary election was pretty low-key in Southeast Alaska. The real battle for state House and Senate candidates will come during the general election. But a few trends emerged.

Living in the shadow of the landslide

IMG_8675The landslide that struck Sitka in August of last year was not the worst disaster to befall a community, but the impacts still echo. Kramer Avenue is less than a mile from downtown. Here's the experience of property owners who live beneath the slide.