Author Archives: Brielle Schaeffer, KCAW

New assistant DA serves in stride

IMG_5020Christopher Orman is the new assistant district attorney for Sitka, Petersburg, and Kake. He replaced Jean Seaton in February, who held the position since 2009. Originally from Southern California, Orman had a winding road to get into law, but he says he’s ultimately happy to be serving the community.

Sitka Health Summit holds networking event

newsitkahealthsummitlogoZack Desmond and Tamie Parker Song, members of the Sitka Health Summit, talk about a health networking event. Craig Nolte, from the Federal Reserve Bank, has experience leading community and economic development initiatives throughout the region and will be facilitating the event. He says poor health can have an impact on the workforce. The event is at UAS in Room 106 on April 28. Downloadable audio.

Jellyfish researcher studies species in Sitka

3657819129_7028bf60a0_bJennifer Purcell is the Scientist in Residence Fellow at the Sitka Sound Science Center. She specializes in jellyfish research. Jellyfish numbers are increasing and, with that bigger population, more conflict between humans and the sea creatures. Downloadable audio.

Assembly talks furloughs, contract policy

IMG_4435At their regular meeting Tuesday night (04-12-16), the Assembly reviewed policies that would change how the city administrator carries out official business.

Danish player joins Sitka Wolves

Sitka High senior Josh Risko moves the ball downfield during a May 2011 game against Thunder Mountain. (KCAW file photo by Berett Wilber)Jes Waldemar, Ethan Pike and Megan Christner, representing Sitka High School's co-ed soccer team, talk with the Sitka Sentinel's Tom Hesse about their season performance.

Sitka blesses fleet; Mills among those remembered

IMG_7071Sitka held its Blessing of the Fleet last Sunday (4-10-16). The blessing came days after a local kayaker, Jesse Mills, went missing and the Coast Guard called off the search.

Sitka teacher named to state education board

29473_profileSitka science teacher Rebecca Himschoot secured a spot on the State Board of Education & Early Development, when a joint session of the legislature confirmed her appointment Friday (4-15-16).

Underage drinking town hall slated

Doug Osborne, director of health promotion at Sitka Community Hospital, and Lloyd Platson of Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services chat about an underage drinking town hall meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. April 19th at the Westmark Hotel. Downloadable audio.

Emergency personnel, delivery drivers may be included in cell phone ban

FedEx_Express_truckDuring its regular meeting on Tuesday night (4-12-16), the Assembly expanded a cell phone ban to include delivery drivers, cab drivers, emergency personnel, and other specialized drivers.

Rules for marijuana permits in Sitka take shape

scup_pic02.jpg4aa196a1-05b9-456c-8109-def248cd26d1LargerAt their Tuesday night meeting (4-7-16), the Assembly unanimously approved, on first reading, a resolution that would require marijuana businesses to obtain conditional use permits (CPUs) before setting up shop.