Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Brewton: Bad transformer ends Blue Lake’s hot streak

Sitka utility director Chris Brewton, with the hundreds of pages of planning documents for the Blue Lake project. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)Hopes were dashed this week that the Blue Lake Hydro project would come online weeks ahead of schedule. Utility director Chris Brewton delivered the news that one of the step-up transformers -- which convert the 12,000 volts produced by the hydroelectric turbines to 69,000 volts for transmission into town -- is defective.

Dadburnit! Historic weapons ousted from Sitka airport

10-IMG_2979Sitka’s military past brushed elbows with present day security last Friday (10-10-14). At 11am, a TSA official called the police to report there was a man with a gun in the airport. but it wasn’t just any type of gun.

Brave Heart luncheon this afternoon on dementia and hearing loss

Shoshauna Schmidt of Brave Heart Volunteers joined Somer Dunn, an audiologist at SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), to talk about how hearing loss impacts the experience of dementia.

Goodbye, hello: Assembly seats elex winners, greets newcomers

Colleen Ingman (l) administers the oath of office to new Assembly member Tristan Guevin. Another new assembly member, Steven Eisenbeisz, was out of town. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)It was an evening of farewells and greetings in Sitka’s assembly chambers Tuesday night, as the reins of local government were transferred to the winners of last week’s municipal elections. It was also an occasion to greet newly-arrived permanent city hires, and welcome some enthusiastic, temporary residents.

Ban lifted, Sitka couple’s long marriage recognized

8-IMG_2933The first same-sex couple to head to Sitka's courthouse on Monday following the reversal of Alaska's 16-year long ban on gay marriage didn't have to bother. The judge ordered Alaska to recognize Heidi and Karla Horner Raffaele's legal marriage in California.

MEHS volleyball undefeated this season

Coach Michael Mahoney and players Kathy Holly (Nome '15) and Martha Kasayulie (Kolignaek '16) talk about their stellar season. They are 10-1 in both conference and out of conference play, and recently garnered first place at the Juno Jive tournament this past weekend.

Sealaska closes Kake satellite office

Kake, in central Southeast Alaska, lost three jobs when Sealaska subsidiary Managed Business Solutions closed its satellite office last month.A Sealaska subsidiary has closed its office in Kake, laying off three people. That's because Colorado-based Managed Business Solutions lost a large contract.

Stardust Ball Tix

Stardust2014_webThere are still a few Stardust Ball tickets for sale at Old Harbor Books. Tickets are $35. You must be 21 or older to attend and IDs are required. This event is a fundraiser for Raven Radio.

No change in muni elex results after absentee counting

You can please some of the people some of the time.... Municipal clerk Colleen Ingman holds up a ballot on which a voter has written "Don't like any of these." Absentee counting did not change the outcome of Tuesday's (10-7-14) election. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Mim McConnell solidified her lead in the mayor’s race -- but other than that there were no changes in the outcome of Sitka’s municipal elections following the counting of absentee ballots Friday afternoon (10-10-14).

District 35 Candidate Forum: Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Steven Samuelson

Republican Steven Samuelson is challenging incumbent Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins in the race for State House.Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Republican Steven Samuelson took questions from constituents during a live call-in forum last night [10-10-14] at KFSK in Petersburg.