Author Archives: KCAW News

Break out your baking pans! Seafood Festival seeks desserts

cake contest winnerMegan Pasternak is coordinating the dessert competition at this year's Sitka Seafood Festival Banquet, which is Friday August 7, 2015. Cakes, pies, and cupcake entries are welcome and the contest is open to all ages. Registration is due to Pasternak by 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 5 and desserts must be delivered to Allen Auditorium by 2 p.m. on Friday, August 7. Downloadable audio.

Native Jazz swings at fine arts camp

The Native Jazz Workshop comes to the Sitka Fine Arts camp every summer, and is now in its 4th year. Vanessa Walker/KCAW photoIf you walk past the Sitka Fine Arts Camp on any given day, you may hear the sounds of a saxophone, flute or trumpet emanating from one of the buildings. But this week at camp, the Native Jazz Workshop was in session--and students took their passion for jazz to a new level: by learning how it intersects with native culture.

Passengers survive, pilot dies in Juneau to Hoonah plane crash

Wings of Alaska flight 202 from Juneau to Hoonah has crashed on land, according to a 3 p.m. Coast Guard broadcast. The plane is reported to have gone down somewhere between Point Howard and point Couverden. (Image from Google maps)A Wings of Alaska flight from Juneau to Hoonah went down on land just north of Pt. Howard, with five people on board.

Marine debris barge to skip Southeast

A Coast Guard helicopter lifts one of several bags of marine debris collected in 2014 on Biorka Island, near Sitka. (Photo courtesy Sitka Sound Science Center)The barge picking up marine debris from Alaska's coastline will skip Southeast. Regional communities are sticking with existing disposal agreements.

National Historical Park to oversee Castle Hill

Castle Hill, in downtown Sitka, is the best place to take in the full measure of the community's "cultural landscape." (Alaska Division of Parks photo)Superintendent Mary Miller announces that Sitka National Historical Park has entered into a cooperative management agreement with the state of Alaska to maintain a portion of Sitka's state parks. As of June 30th, the maintenance staff of Sitka NHP has been taking care of the grounds of Baranof Castle Hill and the historic portions of Old Sitka. The agreement will continue through Alaska Day of 2015. Downloadable audio.

Raven Radio general manager job posted

Raven Radio, KCAW-FM, is looking for a General Manager to provide leadership to a five person professional staff and a large volunteer staff, in all aspects of community media. The successful candidate will have a strong management background and leadership skills, including … more

Jazz workshop takes inspiration from Native music

NJQ-action-e1379508188406The Native Jazz Quartet is hosting a jazz workshop in Sitka this week, with an emphasis on arranging cultural music within jazz compositions. Ed Littlefield (drums) and Christian Fabian (upright bass) talk about the goals of the workshop and their upcoming performance as the Native Jazz Trio, with pianist Reuel Lubag, this Saturday (07-18-15) at 7 p.m. at the Odess Theater in Allen Hall. Downloadable audio.

Father-daughter duo publish ‘A Photographic Passage’

photo-originalLarisa and Ernest Manewal are local photographers, who just published "Southeast Alaska: A Photographic Passage." The 144-page book is filled with images of Southeast taken by the father and daughter in their travels. Downloadable audio.

Chautauqua brings music to unexpected places

The New Old Time Chautauqua's "Concert For Our Ancestors" at the Russian Orthodox Cemetery, 7/13/15. KCAW photo/ Vanessa WalkerThe New Old Time Chautauqua ended its Southeast Alaska tour in Sitka on Monday (7-13-15) with a performance at the Russian Orthodox Cemetery

Chautauqua: “We hope to bring happiness to the spirits”

2-IMG_3339-500x375Paul Magid, the tour coordinator with the New Old Time Chautauqua, shares plans for the group's final day in Sitka, which includes a potluck and a concert in memory of the community's ancestors. Magid was joined by local storyteller Bob Sam to talk about the spirit of Chautauqua and bringing communities together through learning. Downloadable audio.