Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Is there more important funding than schools?

As board member Tonia Rioux looks on, Superintendent Steve Bradshaw told assembly members to "love every kid who walks down our streets." (Image courtesy KSCT-TV

Should the state do more for schools when local governments — like Sitka’s — are not doing all they can? That was the question hanging over a joint work session between the Sitka School Board and Sitka Assembly Thursday night (4-10-14). The board presented a draft budget to the assembly with a modest increase in local support to schools — less than $200,000 — but also delivered a clear message that more was needed. more

Sitka bear task force tackles ‘trash caches’

ADF&G has identified 10 locations around Sitka where bears are taking garbage bags to sort their "loot." This bear was caught in the act in a Sitka neighborhood last summer. (ADF&G photo/Phil Mooney)

The Sitka Bear Task Force has organized work parties to tackle several bear caches — the places around town where brown bears have been dragging garbage bags over the years, to sort through their loot undisturbed. Alaska Department of Fish & Game biologist Phil Mooney says cleaning up these so-called “trash caches” is no small job. “Over the years you’ll get some places where you’ll have 2 and 3 pickup loads of material that’s piled back in there,” he says.
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Let the Good Times Roll!

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There are a million ways to have fun with Raven Radio, but we need members like you to make that fun happen! Please pitch in and make a contribution today to your membership-powered radio station– and let the good times roll! http://bit.ly/1kaYZiU more

New members welcome!

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In this photo from 2008 Morning Edition Host Melissa Marconi Wentzel brings her newborn boy Caellum into KCAW for the first time. Every single person that loves and supports Raven Radio was at some point…not yet a member. Is that YOU? Please join your friends and neighbors to keep us flying strong and contribute whatever amount is comfortable right now. Thank you! more

21 artists open Sitka museum gala (but not Warhol!)

Andy Warhol, who died in 1987, was a little too late for tonight's opening. (AP Photo)

The Sitka Historical Museum opens its first exhibit at 6 PM this evening (4-10-14), under the leadership of new director, Hal Spackman. The Past Inspires the Present will run through May 31st. The show features the work of 21 contemporary Sitka artists alongside historic pieces in the museum collection which served as inspiration. The late Andy Warhol, however, didn’t make the cut. more

Conservation can ease Thursday night’s planned outage

Rocket or diesel turbine? With added hydro capacity comes the need for added backup power. This Titan 130 diesel turbine will help keep Sitka powered in emergencies. (City of Sitka/Chris Brewton)

Large parts of Sitka will be without power for most of the night Thursday (4-10-14) — or not, depending on what actions residents take to conserve electricity. The Sitka Electric Department is installing the switches and transformers needed to operate a new backup generator. But, as KCAW’s Robert Woolsey reports, the Department has a trick up its sleeve that will keep the electricity on at most homes, as long as we power off our big appliances. more

Let’s bear down!

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Could you bear life without Raven Radio? There are almost 200 of you that haven’t yet renewed your membership to Raven Radio since last spring, which leaves us about $15,000 short of our goal.  There is simply no stopping until we get there. So if you haven’t pitched in yet, please do so now or if you prefer, call the station during business hours at 747-5877. Thanks to you and to everyone who has contributed and thanks for the photo go to Richard Nelson, host of Encounters heard on Sunday mornings at 10:30. more

Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe students excel at state science fair

UAS associate professor Kitty LaBounty and Mt. Edgecumbe students Terrell Jones (Sr-Deering) and Shanelle Afcan (Sr-Nunam Iqua), and Sitka High’s Misha Bekeris, discuss the projects they presented at the Alaska Science and Engineering Fair. Bekeris’s project on nutrient fluxes in the Indian River was a finalist for the Grand Prize. The public can view the projects Monday evening, April 28, at UAS Sitka.
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Heat, hydration, and the ‘occupational athlete’

Brent Ruby, PhD, believes strategies developed in his lab for endurance athletes could benefit "occupational athletes" like commercial fishermen. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Brent Ruby, PhD, a noted exercise physiologist from the lower 48 has been in Alaska this week updating health professionals on the latest research on hydration and heat stress. He’s also been taking a look at what he calls “occupational athletes,” like commercial fishermen, and trying to find ways his research can apply to their work. more

Mentoring program for new gardeners

Linda Wilson, with the Sitka Local Foods Network, discusses a mentoring program for first-time gardeners. For more information, visit the SLFN online. more