Author Archives: KCAW News

Man drowns in Sitka Channel

A man died in Sitka over the weekend, after attempting to swim across Sitka Channel. According to a friend he had been in the water for at least 30 minutes before help was summoned.

Study: Tongass forest most resistant to climate change

Sport fishermen cast lines at Blind Slough, a Tongass National Forest site near Petersburg. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Some conservationists want President Obama’s climate change agenda to include Southeast Alaska’s rain forest.

Sitka Disaster Declaration moves to gov’s office

The City of Sitka has officially declared a Disaster Emergency, following the August 18 storm with brought seven landslides down in the community, and killed three people.

Memorial fund established for Diaz brothers

Elmer (l.) and Ulises Diaz were painting in the house destroyed by a landslide in Sitka Tuesday. The volunteer crew that recovered their bodies included teammates and former coaches from Sitka High School. (GoFundMe photo)Officials have released the names of the two landslide victims recovered on Wednesday and Thursday. They have been identified as brothers Elmer and Ulises Diaz, ages 26 and 25.

Know an outstanding woman who deserves recognition?

a-little-bit-swirly-00000002-288x206Hilary Morgan, the CEO of YWCA Alaska, discusses YWCA Alaska/BP's annual award for women leaders. The Women of Achievement Awards is an annual evening soiree that honors ten Alaskan women who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their professional life, and made contributions to their community. The deadline to nominate a woman of distinction is 5 p.m. today (08-21-15). Morgan also discusses the gender pay gap in Alaska. Downloadable audio.

Postcard: Training the next generation of Tlingit speakers

More testingA week-long Tlingit immersion project wrapped up earlier this month in Sitka (08-07-15). About 60 attendees ranging in age from 5 to 50 packed Mt. Edgecumbe High School's Heritage Hall to learn and play in Tlingit. One activity was a Tlingit spelling bee. KCAW's Sarah Gibson met the program organizer, Heather Powell, and sent this audio postcard.

Evacuation order lifted for So. Kramer Avenue

As of 5:30 PM Thursday (8-20-15) Sitka authorities have lifted the evacuation order for residents of Kramer Avenue south of Jacob Circle. An evacuation order remains in place for residents of Kramer Avenue north of Jacob Circle, and for residents of Jacob Circle itself.

Red Cross coordinates feeding of Sitka’s landslide army

150820_BillWalker_waldholzA small army of people is working on recovery efforts following Tuesday’s landslides in Sitka. And as any general knows, an army marches on its stomach.

Crews focus on likely site of third slide victim

With two bodies already recovered from the Kramer Avenue landslide, crews are focusing their full efforts Thursday afternoon (8-20-15) on locating the body of 62-year-old William Stortz, Sitka's building official.

With more rain on the way, recovery work intensifies at Sitka slide

Jeremy Zidek, spokesperson for Homeland Security, briefs the media Thursday morning in Sitka. National Weather Service incident meteorologist Joel Curtis (center), and incident commander Al Stevens (right), were preparing for more rain on Friday.The National Weather Service is predicting more rain in Sitka, with two to three inches falling Friday night, and some gusty winds. But the risk of more slides is limited.