Author Archives: KCAW News

New director at Greater Sitka Arts Council

Greater Sitka Arts Council’s Jeff Budd introduces incoming executive director Sarah Lawrie. more

Earthquake felt in Southeast Alaska, no tsunami expected

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UPDATE 10:47 AM FRI JUL 25, 2014 An early morning earthquake today is causing widespread communications problems in Southeast Alaska. Both Alaska Communications and AT&T wireless and internet services were affected. A recorded message on ACS’s customer services line says the outage is affecting some customers in Southeast. “This is our highest priority and we are working to restore service as quickly as possible,” the message said. ACS spokeswoman Hannah Blankenship says crews are still working to determine which networks were affected by the quake. An AT&T representative could not be reached for comment. Revised figures from the Alaska Earthquake Information Center put the quake’s magnitude at 5.9. It struck about 97 miles west of Juneau at a depth of about 6 miles. It was followed by several aftershocks. The largest was magnitude 5.7. more

Earthquake silences KCAW translators and web stream

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Friday morning’s earthquake near Elfin Cove and Pelican has damaged an undersea internet fiber. ACS services are impaired, including lines used to feed Raven Radio’s signal to translator communities and web stream. The signals will be restored when ACS completes repairs. No timeline has been released, but updates will be posted here. more

Luis Urrea opens his heart to Sitka

Luis Urrea on the Sheldon Jackson Campus. (KCAW Photo/Greta Mart)

Luis Alberto Urrea’s writing was rejected for 10 years before a New York publisher took his first book in 1993. Since then Urrea – currently in town for the Sitka Symposium – has won a slew of prestigious awards, and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. more

Sturges finds music in life’s final verses

Molly Sturges leading a Sitka Symposium session. (Photo by Christine Davenport)

Composer and artistic director Molly Sturges is one of this year’s faculty at the Sitka Symposium. KCAW interviewed Sturges to learn more about one of her specialities, “sound poetry events.” more

Tresham gets to birds before they get to planes

An Alaska Airlines jet touches down in Sitka. Both runway approaches are over ocean. (Flickr photo/Pat Groves)

If you find landing at Sitka’s airport to be a little unnerving, you’re not alone. One man is out there worrying with you: Dave Tresham spends 14 hours a day chasing birds from Sitka’s runway and airspace.
He spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week. more

The Affordable Care Act: What’s next?

Andrea Thomas, Affordable Care Act enrollment manager for SEARHC, discusses her noon workshop for those who have already — or would like to — enroll for health insurance. UAS Sitka, room 106. more

‘Children of Eden’ thrives off-Broadway

WT McRae, musical director for The Children of Eden, says pace required to stage a full show in two weeks has everyone “at the edge of madness.” Eden was developed by one of the biggest names in show business, Stephen Schwartz, but was never performed on Broadway. Instead, it’s become one of the most sought-after pieces for companies off-Broadway. more

Familiar voices!

Raven Staff 2014 Summer

Raven Radio staff gather during this year’s Solstice Cruise. From left to right: Office Volunteer Megan Pasternak, General Manager Ken Fate, Morning Edition Host Melissa Marconi Wentzel, Summer Intern Greta Mart, Development Director Amy Kramer Johnson, News Director Robert Woolsey, CoastAlaska Executive Director Mollie Kabler, News Reporter Rachel Waldholz, Program Director Rebecca LaGuire more

Daniels pushes students to bring jazz to life

Dee Daniels (r.) works with Juliana Loughin on the phrasing in her song "The Glove." Daniels says there's a process of "breakdown and breakthrough" that enriches singers lives outside of music. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

The Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop is underway this week in Sitka (July 18-25). For the last two years, Daniels has interrupted her touring and teaching schedule to live at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and coach a half-dozen students of widely-ranging ages and ability. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey recently stopped by her class and learned how much work it takes to make jazz seem effortless. more