Author Archives: Emily Kwong, KCAW

Marijuana fees could fund student travel

Sitka High freshman David Wilcox blazes across the finish line Saturday morning (9-28-13). Faced with its largest projected budget deficit in recent memory, the Sitka School Board may consider dramatic cuts to sports and activities programs in 2016. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)During their regular meeting last Tuesday night (09-27-16), the Assembly approved - on first reading - a dedicated fund for student activity travel using marijuana fees. They also set aside money for landslide mitigation and received a half a million dollar check from Sitka Community Hospital.

Board appoints Brady-Howard to 1-year term

Dionne Brady-Howard in her classroom at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in 2015.The Sitka School Board has appointed a Mt. Edgecumbe Social Studies teacher Dionne Brady-Howard to a vacant seat after five rounds of deadlocked balloting.

How the Blue Lake Dam is costing Sitka

“One of the dangers there, as oil prices continue to go up, is that people will start to shift over to electricity, and all that additional capacity that you’ve gained by raising the dam will just go into existing inefficient buildings, or into new inefficient buildings," says Jon Heller. (Blue Lake Expansion photo/Desiree Brandis)The city of Sitka is struggling to pay off the Blue Lake Dam in a big way. The project was largely funded through bond proceeds. But due to a major decline in electric usage by Sitka customers, the city doesn’t have enough money to meet the bond payment.

Forest Service adds to Admiralty Island wilderness

Logged lands at the head of Lake Kathleen, on Admiralty Island, are among those Shee Atiká has sold to the Forest Service to add to its Kootznoowoo Wilderness Area. (Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.)About 4,500 acres of heavily-logged forest will return to wilderness under a deal involving the federal government and a Southeast Alaska Native corporation.

An Octopus was running down the street…

This giant octopus ran the entire course during Raven Radio’s Only Fools Run at Midnight fun run last June. If a colossal cephalopod can canter 5k, YOU can click here right now to support your community radio station. Thank you!… more

Mayoral candidate forum – TODAY!

Mayoral_Forum_Poster_ReschedSitka's next mayor will be either Matt Hunter, Mary Magnuson, or Ben Miyasato. Tune in at 6:30 PM Thursday, September 29 to hear their views and ask YOUR questions. 747-5877 or email news@kcaw.org.

Series at Sitka Community Hospital to focus on childbirth education

Sharon Sullivan, lactation consultant and childbirth educator at Sitka Community Hospital, discusses the upcoming childbirth education series, starting Monday, October 3. Downloadable audio.

Consultant: Sitka hospital must unite with SEARHC to survive

Kennedy told the board that "comprehensive integration" would keep all current staff employed by both institutions, and mean an end to Native hiring preference at SEARHC. (ECG image)Sitka Community Hospital must integrate operations with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or risk closing within three years.

September 27, 2016: What’s happening at tonight’s Assembly meeting?

160914_marinesubstation_kwongWhen the Sitka Assembly gathers tonight (09-27-16), they’ll hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. devoted entirely to the city’s electric utility: rate structures, revenue ideas, and how to keep up with repairs to the system while meeting bond obligations for the Blue Lake Dam.

Stop, drop, and roll! October is fire safety month

Firemen1Fire Chief Dave Miller talks about taking care of your woodstoves and space heaters. He encourages families to have a safety plan in place in case of a fire. Downloadable audio.