Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Silver Bay wins board approval for waterfront purchase

In just eight years, Silver Bay has already acquired a substantial portion of the park, including the plant and dock at lower left, and nearby bunkhouses.A Sitka-based seafood processor has cleared the first hurdle toward a major expansion -- in its hometown. The board of Sitka’s Gary Paxton Industrial Park on Wednesday (12-17-14) approved the sale of a significant portion of park waterfront to Silver Bay Seafoods. Plans for a joint venture in a marine services center remain on hold for the time being.

Santa gig ‘a calling’ for Sitka’s librarian

Robb Farmer, as Santa, listens to a Christmas wish from his wife, Kathy.Sitka library director Robb Farmer leads a double-life: By day a librarian, by night a trained Santa Claus. Farmer discusses his decision to attend Santa School, and his life over the last year assisting the real Santa Claus with his public appearances. Farmer is a 2005 graduate of the Charles W. Howard Santa School. Downloadable audio.

Violinist headlines Sitka JazzFest! Feb 5 – 7

Jazz violinist Mads Toling is among the headliners at the 2015 Sitka JazzFest!Sitka JazzFest! director Mike Kernin says this year's festival will feature Grammy-winning violinist Mads Toling, among its headliners. Also trumpeter Kenny Washington, vocalist Kenny Washington, and the Dewayne Pate trio. For a complete rundown of artists and performances, visit Sitka JazzFest! Downloadable audio.

Sitka High activities budget: A ‘perfect storm’

fea_soccerThe activities budget for Sitka High School may have reached a tipping point -- and it could force the end of some programs. The Sitka School Board heard a report from activities director LieuDell Goldsberry earlier this month. Between the recent addition of several new activities and a reduction in district spending, most programs have seen a cut of at least 40-percent over two years.

Coastline search leads to first residents’ camps

A computer-generated map of Southeast Alaska shows additional land (in brown) beyond today's shoreline. (Courtesy Jim Baichtal)Understanding the rise and fall of Southeast Alaska's landscape is helping scientists learn more about the area’s early human settlements.

Capital budget has few Southeast projects

The ferry Malaspina is in drydock and the Columbia is tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in this 2012 photo.Southeast projects in Gov. Bill Walker’s pared-down capital budget are mostly road, ferry and bridge work that could be funded by the federal government.

Christmas Eve: The Battery Exchange

P1040010Need "AA" batteries for a stocking stuffer? Or a rubber mallet or tiny screwdriver? Tune in to the Battery Exchange with Rich McClear on Christmas Eve from 8 to Midnight to for those last minute preparations as well as seasonal songs, stories and live listener greetings.

Lyons: First winner of Di-Pech Fisheries Tech Scholarship

Alexandra Lyons is the first winner of the Di-Pech Fisheries Tech Scholarship, awarded jointly by the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc. (DIPAC).

Sealaska land-selection bill passes Congress

Sealaska Plaza is the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters. Officials say winter dividends will be paid around Dec. 5. (Heather Bryant/KTOO)A bill transferring 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska has passed Congress. It's attached to a defense-spending act, which is on its way to the President’s desk.

ERV and Coast Guard rescue sinking vessel

MH60_EOIR_11Dec14_025828_2 (1)The Coast Guard and the Sitka Fire and Police Departments joined forces last night (12-10-14) to assist a troller that was grounded near Rockwell Lighthouse.