Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Hoonah Sound herring-spawn fishery to close for a second year

Herring roe-on-kelp is called Kazunoko Kombu in sushi restaurants. (Flickr photo/Vincent Ma)The herring spawn-on-kelp fishery in Hoonah Sound will remain closed in the 2015 season -- for the second year in a row. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced the closure this week (12-2-14) after forecasts for the area predicted herring numbers far below the threshold required for commercial harvest.

Radio Theater takes the stage Saturday

Director Shannon Haugland and playwright John Longenbaugh discuss this weekend's live radio theater performance (7 PM Sat Dec 6, Sitka Performing Arts Center, $8/$6 Old Harbor Books). The performance will feature the US debut of Longenbaugh's "A New World Under," based on the Persephone myth. With actors Bethany Boyer-Rechlin and Emeterio Hernandez.

Honoring salmon through children’s literature

Debbie Miller is the author of A King Salmon Journey, and thirteen other children's books. She'll read from her latest work 2 PM Sunday, December 7, at Kettleson Library. Salmon swimming up the Yukon River make one of the longest migrations of any creature. Miller's science background helps her tell this story in real time. With KCAW's Melissa Marconi-Wentzel.

Congratulations to new board members!

Kenley Jackson, Ted Laufenberg, Nathanial "Thanny" Bean and Roby Littlefield were elected to Raven Radio Board of Directors. Many thanks to outgoing board members Corrie Bosman and Trish Durham for years of service! Board election results and staff reports were presented during Raven Radio's On-Air Annual Membership Meeting on the evening of Monday, Dec. 8th. Click here for a written version of our annual report. 

At 81, STA’s elder of the year is busy as ever

Herman Davis, 81, joined the Marine Corps at the age of 23 and served from 1956 to 1960, working on jet planes. He was stationed briefly in Japan, before returning to Sitka for good. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)This year (2014), the Sitka Tribe of Alaska named Herman Davis the “Tribal Elder of the Year.” At 81, Davis blend of humor and humility has earned the respect of many.

One fishing vessel safe, another aground in weekend mishaps

The Northern Exposure went adrift in Peril Straits. The Coast Guard says no one was aboard at the time. (USCG photo)A troller is safely moored in Sitka after receiving assistance from a good Samaritan vessel and the Coast Guard over the weekend. Another boat’s future is uncertain, as it remains grounded on a rocky beach in Peril Strait.

Sitka hospital aims to become regional health care hub

Jeff Comer says of the Affordable Care Act:  "Whether you agree with it or not, it will help our hospital." (KCAW Photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka’s new hospital CEO is thinking big -- really big. In remarks to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce last week, Jeff Comer said he’s developing a strategy to expand Sitka Community Hospital into a regional health care provider.

Nat’l Honor Society: More than a line on a resume

Sitka High seniors Kaya Duguay and Evan McArthur and faculty advisor Rob Parsons discuss the role of the National Honor Society in community service.

Bad Decisions Turned Good: Listen Here!

storytellerThis week Raven Radio aired the Greater Sitka Arts Council and Art Change's live storytelling event recorded on September 20th, 2014. Folks gathered at the Yaw Chapel to share stories of "Bad Decisions Turned Good". If you missed the live performance, or the broadcast, you can hear the show right here!

Animal Tracks: Humpback Whales

Animal Tracks is a two-minute exploration of the animals that call Sitka home.