Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

New ballfield prompts Title IX complaint against Sitka Schools

Girls have played softball in the all-new Moller Park, but head coach Bob Potrzuski says it's not equity "when you feel like someone is letting you use it." (KCAW photo)A multi-million dollar baseball field in Sitka has opened the door to a possible civil rights investigation based on gender discrimination. The US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights notified the Sitka School District in July that it had received a complaint about the new field, and the district’s alleged failure to provide comparable practice and competition facilities for girls’ softball.

Raven Radio is back up and running!

Photo (23)Raven Radio experienced some technical difficulties this afternoon, and was temporarily off the air. We are were able to troubleshoot the problem, thanks to the help of Coast Alaska Engineer, Rich Parker, and we're back up and running. Thanks so much for your patience, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Fairweather returns to service Thursday

The Fairweather at cruising speed. (Flickr photo/Gillfoto)The fast vehicle ferry Fairweather canceled its voyage to Sitka today (Wed 8-13-14) after a mechanical problem was discovered shortly after its departure from Juneau. Spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the Fairweather was not far along on its trip to Sitka when the crew detected trouble with the exhaust systems in the ship’s two starboard engines. AMHS engineers spent the day making repairs, and the ship will return to its scheduled run on Thursday (8-14-14).

SEARCH drops facility fees, opens doors to all

Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital administrator Noel Rea discusses SEARHC's decision to drop facility fees, and to make healthcare services available to all in the community -- even without a referral. The hospital now offers tele-radiology on nights and weekends, a new mammography machine, and other services intended to keep SEARHC viable into the future. Rea also says that, contrary to urban myth, there is no danger of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital closing.

MJ Robinson: Comics an ‘image-based way of thinking’

Artist and graphic novelist MJ Robinson is surprised by the diverse culture in Sitka. At Oberlin, MJ became frustrated with the limits of studio art and creative writing, and began to merge the two in an "image-based way of thinking." MJ will teach a free workshop on creative writing for all abilities in the Yaw Art Building (7:30 PM Wed Aug 12, free).

Trail crew

Cassidy Foster, 8, and Skylar Walk, 11, of Kodiak and Charlotte, NC, supplement the masonry on the upper Herring Cove trail. (Bill Foster photo)Repair work to the Herring Cove Trail performed by USFS crews this spring and summer held up well during last weekend's (Aug 9-11, 2014) deluge. The unseasonably wet storm dumped nearly six inches of rain, sending torrents of water down the falls alongside the trail. And thanks to the efforts of spontaneous volunteer workers like Cassidy Foster and Skyler Walk, the rebuilt trail is a little more scenic than the old. The pair lined a short section of trail with a beautiful stone curb.

Court orders a second look at controversial fish observer program

Fishermen offload commercially-caught halibut in Juneau. (Flickr photo/Gillphoto)A US District Court judge has ruled that a newly-implemented fisheries observer program in the Gulf of Alaska may have become unreliable, and is sending federal managers back to the drawing board to fix it. The decision by Judge H. Russel Holland is being hailed as a victory by Southeast Alaska’s longline fleet, who have chafed under the new system, which requires them to carry human observers on their relatively small vessels. But federal fisheries managers see it as a win as well.

‘Boys Run’ hopes to emulate success of ‘Girls’

Elena Gustafson, with Sitkans Against Family Violence, talks about a new program for boys in grades through 3-5 called Boys Run. It's based on the successful national self-esteem and empowerment program for girls called Girls on the Run. Boys Run, however, will be built on traditional Southeast values.

Boater missing near Cross Sound is found, rescued

McConnell's skiff ran out of gas and drifted to Hogan Island. (KCAW graphic)A boater who went missing near Cross Sound on Thursday (8-7-14) was found and rescued after a 24-hour, multi-agency search. The US Coast Guard and US Forest Service found 21-year-old Gus McConnell on the north side of Hogan Island, in the mouth of Portlock Harbor, about 55 miles northwest of Sitka.

Fairbanks station stays with APRN — for now

kuacKUAC-FM in Fairbanks will not leave the Alaska Public Radio Network, at least not for a couple months.