Author Archives: Emily Kwong, KCAW

Internet issues traced to broken equipment

A new plan will extend high-speed broadband and cell service in rural areas. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)Sitka experienced a few outages this weekend that severed power and Internet access.

Blood Bank of Alaska seeks blood and cookies

The blood drive will take place on Thursday, October 20th and Friday, October 21st, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall in Room 1.

Listen: State Legislative Forum

Republican challenger Sheila Finkenbinder (l.) listens as incumbent Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins answers a question offered by students in Sitka High's American Government Class. The forum was broadcast live over KCAW and taped for broadcast over local television. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Tonight (10-17-16), the Sitka High Junior Class is hosting a forum with Representative Jonathan Kreiss Tomkins, Senator Bert Stedman, and Sheila Finkenbinder from 6:30 pm - 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Raven Radio will broadcast the forum live.

Miller: “Clinton would be disastrous for Alaska”

161017_joemiller_kwongTwo-time U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Miller made a pit-stop in Sitka last week (10-12-16). The libertarian nominee is voting for Donald Trump for president and hoping to unseat incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski (R).

New faucets to combat high lead levels in Port Alexander

KCAW PhotoHomes in Port Alexander are getting new water faucets this month. It’s part of an effort to minimize lead contamination in the community’s residential drinking water.

Young Performers to present Robin Hood

Sergio Fisher and his wife, Fay, stand on the stage at the Performing Arts Center in Sitka. Fisher was the architect who designed the interior of the theater. It was his first time back to Sitka since the building opened in 2007. (KCAW photo by Ed Ronco)Zeke Blackwell, director of the Young Performers' Theater with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and two of his young actors talk about their upcoming production of Robin Hood. Downloadable audio.

School Board elects Cass Pook president

150922_CassPook_woolseyCass Pook, Yaxthlaahaat Daxthlawadi, is the new president of the Sitka School Board. During Wednesday night’s (10-12-16) special meeting, Pook was chosen by a blind election by her four fellow school board members. The board also elected Dr. Jennifer McNichol as Vice President and Eric Van Cise as Secretary.

Passing of the gavel for new Sitka Assembly

img_9492On Tuesday night (10-11-16), nearly everything changed about the Sitka Assembly. They swore in a new mayor: Matthew Hunter. New members: Kevin Knox and Aaron Bean. All in a new building. The Assembly chambers were revitalized in the remodel of Harrigan Centennial Hall.

United Way partners with Sitka non-profits

Representatives from United Way spoke at the Chamber of Commerce meeting in Sitka on Wednesday (10-12-16). The national organization supports nonprofits across the country, by partnering with local businesses to give money and volunteers.

As electric rates rise 7%, Sitka Assembly explores other options

161014_assemblyelectric_kwongThe Sitka Assembly is raising electric rates for the second time this year, by an average of 7% across the customer base. That will close the gap in the electric fund for FY17. But the relief is short-lived. To address future shortfalls, the Assembly wants to dip into other pockets in the city’s wallet before raising rates again.