Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

‘Wired Wolves’ go hands-off in Robotics competition

1-150220_SHS_Robotics_woolsey-500x442A dedicated team of Sitka students is competing in Anchorage this weekend (February 20 - 21). The “Wired Wolves” are headed to their first state championship -- in Robotics.

Tongass transition plan may run short on timber

2-17-15 CROPPED Fisherman Kirk Hardcastle and Juneau Assemblymember Kate Troll review a report during the Tongass Advisory Committee meeting Feb. 17 in Juneau.A new forecast says current plans for logging younger Tongass trees will not provide enough wood to maintain the region’s timber industry. But a more aggressive approach might.

Mountain film festival stops in Sitka

a04babb0-c65a-4fc4-b185-de923180f0eaCindy Edwards was part of the selection committee for the BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which is stopping in Sitka to showcase a selection of mountain and outdoors-based adventure films. Edwards talked about how themes of perseverance and the human spirit drive many of the films, shot all over the world with topics such as rock climbing, BASE jumping, and tight rope walking. Downloadable audio.

Ocean-themed garments for Wearable Arts Runway Show

arti gras 01Jeff Budd and Sawrie with the Great Sitka Arts Council talk about plans for the 7th Annual Wearable Arts Runway Show & Extravaganza. The theme is Seven Seas, Clean Seas. They were joined by model and artist Cynthia Bustos, who is making her dress out of six layers of dryer sheets. Downloadable audio.

In committee: Mt. Edgecumbe a choice in public education

Mt. Edgecumbe students Candace Schaak and Jerry Active cheer for the Braves during the Region V Basketball tournament in 2010. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)Mt. Edgecumbe High School went under the microscope for the second time in two weeks, as legislators look for ways to reduce state spending.

‘Lost Goddess’ a story told in dance, prose, and theater

Laura_Careless2Dancer/choreographer Laura Careless debuts her solo piece, The Lost Goddess Dance, tonight (7 PM, Wed Feb 18, Sitka Performing Arts Center). Careless has taught dance at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp over the last three summers. She began to develop material for the piece, which is base on the Persephone myth, while in Sitka. With the Sitka Fine Arts Camp's Monica Ague. Downloadable audio.

Discovery Week: Marching alongside the spirit of Elizabeth Peratrovich

01-IMG_6934Elizabeth Peratrovich attended Sheldon Jackson School as a teenager in Sitka and on Monday (2-16-15)-- not far from campus -- a parade marched from Crescent Harbor Shelter to ANB Hall in her honor. As part of Discover Your Potential Week at Blatchley Middle School, students in the radio class interviewed marchers at the starting line.

Sitka board urges state to maintain Mt. Edgecumbe HS funding

The Mt. Edgecumbe class of 2012. (Photo Chris Todd/KCAW)The Sitka School District has gone on record in support of continued funding for Mt. Edgecumbe High School, but has no interest in taking the institution off of the state’s hands.

Let’s take time for a Sitka History Minute

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Hal Spackman, of the Sitka Historical Society has begun working with KCAW to produce short weekly programs highlighting various people and events in the history of Sitka.  Tune in on Thursday mornings … more

Blue Lake Dam: Sitka’s ‘cut the fat hog’

The Blue Lake Dam at work. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Blue Lake Dam site reopened to public access over the weekend (2-14-15), but there isn't much to see. Almost all of the additional 83-feet of dam height is underwater, thanks to an exceptionally wet winter.