Author Archives: KCAW News

Spackman: Exhibit on hunting and conservation debuts with firearm raffle

Hal Spackman, the Executive Director of the Sitka Historical Society, talks about the connection between hunting and conservation.

Fire Hall replaces Christmas tree lost during SAR

2-IMG_3505The Sitka family that lost their Christmas tree - and, briefly, their father - got a happy ending today (12-10-14), thanks to some local elves.

With season cancelled, Yakutat family relocates son to play basketball

Despite their relative isolation, Yakutat's 700 residents have a strong tradition around basketball. (City of Yakutat photo)There will be no boys’ basketball season in Yakutat this year due to low enrollment and a couple of academic ineligibilities. Yakutat has a strong basketball tradition, and at least two families have decided that playing basketball is important enough to enroll their children elsewhere. One family brought their son to Sitka.

Lady Braves sweep first regional girls’ Wrestling tourney

MEHS Wrestling coach Mike Kimber has been a steady advocate for sanctioned girls Wrestling in Alaska. Last weekend, his Lady Braves captured 7 of 8 weight classes at the Region V tournament in Wrangell. With Evelyn Evans (jr - Anchorage), Caitlin Konahok (jr - Gambell), Kanesha Lie (jr - Kotzebue), and Sydnee Kimber (fr - Sitka).

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New Hoonah dock could boost tourism numbers

This image from the 2012 Hoonah Berthing Facility Site Alternative Analysis Report shows three possible dock locations. (Courtesy PND Engineers)Hoonah’s Icy Strait Point tourist attraction could see more visitors once a new cruise ship dock is built.

Lost Christmas-tree hunter found after intensive search

The Indian River Valley. Cpl. Ewers says that it's easy to get turned around in these woods, "especially after the lights go out." (Flickr photo/ablong3)A Sitka man is safe after losing his way during a family Christmas-tree hunt over the weekend. Searchers located Geoff Diehl at about 10:15 PM Sunday evening (12-7-14) on the Indian River Trail near Sitka. His tree, however, remains missing.

Weekend meth bust unrelated to drug seizure, crime spree

Sitka police made another drug arrest over the weekend, but it is unrelated to last week’s major seizure of methamphetamine. Sitka police Lt. Jeff Ankerfelt says the arrest of 29-year-old Lucas Rouner at the International Hostel Sunday morning (12-7-14) is unconnected to last week’s seizure of $50,000-worth of methamphetamine.

Considering health insurance? Presentations offered this week

Andrea Thomas is the Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator for the Affordable Care Act at SEARHC. Although enrollment is open until February 15, anyone who wants insurance in place by January 1 should enroll by this December 15. Two presentations are planned: Noon - 1 PM Thu Dec 11 at TKTKTKKT, and 11 AM - 1 PM Sat Dec 13 at UAS. For more information call Thomas at 966-8883 or visit healthcare.gov online.

Sitka Sound Slayers: A women’s movement on wheels

Slayers L to R: Sarah Ferrency, founding member Jennifer Olney Miller, and league president Cori Schumejda. Derby revived in 2001 as a sport owned and operated by women. (Photos courtesy of Sitka Sound Slayers)The sport of flat track roller derby is booming in Alaska. The Sitka Sound Slayers got rolling two years ago and boast 29 members on their roster. But how did this former spectacle turn into a bonafide sport?