Author Archives: Robert Woolsey and Emily Kwong, KCAW

A city responds to a landslide: ‘It was a loss of innocence’

2016-08-15-020For much of Sitka, the August 18, 2015 landslide was a wake-up call that even the most settled parts of Alaska remain dynamic -- and sometimes dangerous -- places. Local leadership found itself in an unprecedented situation.

Corrosion found on Blue Lake turbines

02-IMG_9093-500x333The Sitka Electric Department has discovered corrosion in the three new blue lake turbines.

A weather forecaster returns to Sitka’s slide: ‘We were snakebit’

National Weather Service Meteorologist Joel Curtis (left) speaking with reporters in the aftermath of the 2015 slide, along with DOT geologist Mitch McDonald and Deputy Fire Chief Al Stevens (right). Curtis served as the incident meteorologist for the recovery effort. He describes it as one of the "major events" of his three-decade career.  (Robert Woolsey, KCAW)In part 1 of a 5-part series looking back on the Sitka landslide, National Weather Service meteorologist Joel Curtis returns to the scene of “one of the major events” of his professional life.

Conference seeks connections across Pacific

Paths-plastic-toysThe 9th Paths Across the Pacific Conference begins this week in Sitka. Co-founders Nancy Yaw Davis and "Flotsametrics" author Curtis Ebbesmeyer review some of the programs on the conference calendar. Downloadable audio.

Thank you, Katherine Rose!

IMG_6545For 15 years, Raven Radio has recruited its summer intern through the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. And this summer, we were lucky to find a radio superstar in Katherine Rose.

Who is on Tuesday’s Southeast primary ballots?

Southeast Alaska's House districts are 33, 34, 35 and 36. The Senate districts, which each include two House districts, are Q and R. (Map courtesy Alaska Redistricting Board)Southeast Alaska's four House and two Senate districts have no primary contests this year. Two have no contests at all.

Path of Hope continues to inspire cancer survivors, families

Path_of_HopeFounding member Carolyn Fredrickson reminds us about the work of the Sitka Cancer Survivors Society. Fredrickson discusses the grant program and a memorial path behind Moller Field. Downloadable audio.

SE Conference brainstorms a fix for Alaska’s ferries

Robert Venables is the former city manager of Haines. He says that the legislature understands that "there's a true sense of crisis" in the system. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Governor Bill Walker earlier this year empowered the Southeast Conference to look for solutions to the Alaska Marine Highway’s ongoing problems. Robert Venables explains how.

Miller appointed acting police chief

0715firetrucksFire Chief Dave Miller was appointed Acting Police Chief today (08-11-16) by municipal administrator Mark Gorman. Sitka’s Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt will be out on extended family medical leave until further notice.

Property tax question to appear on October ballot

Voters this fall will also be asked a ballot question that, if passed, would raise the mill rate for the first time in 20 years. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)On Tuesday night (08-10-16), the Sitka Assembly (08-10-16) approved placing a question on the October 4th ballot to raise the property tax cap from 6 mills to 8 mills. They also adjusted a loan payment plan for Baranof Island Brewing Company.