Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

On first reading: Board vote keeps pool, but drops 3 teachers

Former pool manager Jane Eidler looks out over the Blatchley Pool in 2013, the last time aquatics was on the district's chopping block (KCAW photo by Ed Ronco)A deeply-divided school board passed a preliminary budget for next year that keeps both the Blatchley swimming pool and the Community Schools program functioning.

Sitka’s first land trust home attracts a buyer — finally

The 3-bedroom home will sell for around $250,000, far below the average sale price for homes in Sitka. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)It may be the cheapest route into a brand new family home in Sitka. It will have two-stories, three bedrooms, a yard, and off--street parking. It has just about everything, in fact, except a long list of people eager to buy it.

SHS baseball champs gear up for a new season

Sitka High School students Trevan Coleman and Brayden Case helped lead the varsity baseball team to the state championships last year - and won. This season, the two juniors are looking to repeat history. Coleman and Case talked about their confidence in this year's team and their new coach, Matt Way. Downloadable audio

Sealaska dividends between $129 and $887

Sealaska Plaza is the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters. Officials say winter dividends will be paid around Dec. 5. (Heather Bryant/KTOO)Alaska’s largest regional Native corporation will distribute $12.9 million this month.

Bill seeks to legalize fish and game donations

F2S_Elementary2-500x375Last Wednesday (4-1-15), eight legislators introduced a bill that would allow Alaskans to donate sport- and subsistence-harvested fish and game to non-profit meal programs. Under House Bill 179, schools, senior centers, and other non-profits could legally serve donated fish and game, such as moose, venison, caribou, and salmon. Alaska law presently bars the sale of such foods.

King of the mountain

Bears have been active since emerging from their dens in March. Several people have encountered this adult on Harbor Mt. (John Fulton)A caller to the Sitka police department Saturday evening reported a bear encounter on Harbor Mt. Road. A woman said that she and a couple of other hikers had been chased by a bear on the road.

Former police officer fined for wildlife violation

Sitka black-tailed deer in DeGroff Bay. Successful or not, attempting to shoot deer from a boat is a misdemeanor in Game Management Unit 4. (ADF&G photo)A former Sitka police officer has pleaded guilty to taking big game from a boat, and will pay a $2,000 fine. 49-year old Daryl Rice admitted to the misdemeanor in court last Friday. Rice was fined $2,000 and placed on probation for two years.

Sitka grand jury indicts 3 on meth charges

A Sitka grand jury has indicted three men on felony drug charges -- one of them with intent to distribute a significant quantity of methamphetamine.

St. Baldrick’s: Hair-free for a cause

15-year-old Celia Lubin has her head shaved during the 2013 St. Baldrick's Fundraiser in Sitka. (KCAW photo/Rebecca LaGuire)Valerie and Brent Edwards, and their 5-year-old Phinneas, talk about their road in fighting childhood cancer. Dr. David Vastola and Sitka VFD engineer Craig Warren say the St. Baldrick's fundraiser has played a major role in improving the prognosis for younger cancer patients. The St. Baldrick's event is this Friday, April 10, at 6:30 PM at the Sitka Elks Lodge. Learn more about St. Baldrick's here. Downloadable audio.

Looks like we made it!

thankyouwebRaven Radio hit its $80,000 Spring Membership Goal a little after 3 PM Friday, April 3rd, with a push from none other than Gov. Bill Walker, who phoned in a $100 pledge. Although we arrived at our monetary goal ahead of schedule, we're still taking pledges if we missed you. This bird can't fly without you! and THANK YOU to everyone who made this one of the best Raven Radio fund drives ever!