Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Goodbye, hello: Assembly seats elex winners, greets newcomers

Colleen Ingman (l) administers the oath of office to new Assembly member Tristan Guevin. Another new assembly member, Steven Eisenbeisz, was out of town. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)It was an evening of farewells and greetings in Sitka’s assembly chambers Tuesday night, as the reins of local government were transferred to the winners of last week’s municipal elections. It was also an occasion to greet newly-arrived permanent city hires, and welcome some enthusiastic, temporary residents.

Ban lifted, Sitka couple’s long marriage recognized

8-IMG_2933The first same-sex couple to head to Sitka's courthouse on Monday following the reversal of Alaska's 16-year long ban on gay marriage didn't have to bother. The judge ordered Alaska to recognize Heidi and Karla Horner Raffaele's legal marriage in California.

MEHS volleyball undefeated this season

Coach Michael Mahoney and players Kathy Holly (Nome '15) and Martha Kasayulie (Kolignaek '16) talk about their stellar season. They are 10-1 in both conference and out of conference play, and recently garnered first place at the Juno Jive tournament this past weekend.

Sealaska closes Kake satellite office

Kake, in central Southeast Alaska, lost three jobs when Sealaska subsidiary Managed Business Solutions closed its satellite office last month.A Sealaska subsidiary has closed its office in Kake, laying off three people. That's because Colorado-based Managed Business Solutions lost a large contract.

Stardust Ball Tix

Stardust2014_webTickets for Raven Radio's Stardust Ball are on sale today beginning at 10am at Old Harbor Books. Tickets are $35 with a limit of 2 per person. You must be 21 or older to attend and IDs are required. This event is a fundraiser for Raven Radio.

No change in muni elex results after absentee counting

You can please some of the people some of the time.... Municipal clerk Colleen Ingman holds up a ballot on which a voter has written "Don't like any of these." Absentee counting did not change the outcome of Tuesday's (10-7-14) election. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Mim McConnell solidified her lead in the mayor’s race -- but other than that there were no changes in the outcome of Sitka’s municipal elections following the counting of absentee ballots Friday afternoon (10-10-14).

District 35 Candidate Forum: Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Steven Samuelson

Republican Steven Samuelson is challenging incumbent Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins in the race for State House.Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Republican Steven Samuelson took questions from constituents during a live call-in forum last night [10-10-14] at KFSK in Petersburg.

Southeast cities hot and cold on ballot measures

Southeast Alaska voters shot down some tax changes and construction projects during the Oct. 7 municipal elections. Here’s a quick look at what passed and what didn’t.

How is a health initiative born? (Hint: It involves stickers)

IMG_4939In it's 8th year, enrollment at the Sitka Health Summit Planning Day was at a record high. Last Friday (10-03-14), 82 participants generated hundreds of ideas to improve health and wellness in the community. Their goal? To vote and commit to two ideas by the end of the day.

GSAC: “Here the weather is lovely, as long as you wear a hat”

A host of "Alaska Day" performances are coming up. Jeff Budd shares the line-up for tomorrow's Monthly Grind, while Ira Snelling discusses Paris of the Pacific, a period melodrama about the 1867 Alaska Purchase. Sarah Lawrie, the director of the Greater Sitka Arts Council, talks about this year's Sitka Artisans Market & Holiday Craft Party. Dates and details here.