Author Archives: Emily Russell, KCAW News

New faucets to combat high lead levels in Port Alexander

KCAW PhotoHomes in Port Alexander are getting new water faucets this month. It’s part of an effort to minimize lead contamination in the community’s residential drinking water.

Young Performers to present Robin Hood

Sergio Fisher and his wife, Fay, stand on the stage at the Performing Arts Center in Sitka. Fisher was the architect who designed the interior of the theater. It was his first time back to Sitka since the building opened in 2007. (KCAW photo by Ed Ronco)Zeke Blackwell, director of the Young Performers' Theater with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and two of his young actors talk about their upcoming production of Robin Hood. Downloadable audio.

School Board elects Cass Pook president

150922_CassPook_woolseyCass Pook, Yaxthlaahaat Daxthlawadi, is the new president of the Sitka School Board. During Wednesday night’s (10-12-16) special meeting, Pook was chosen by a blind election by her four fellow school board members. The board also elected Dr. Jennifer McNichol as Vice President and Eric Van Cise as Secretary.

Passing of the gavel for new Sitka Assembly

img_9492On Tuesday night (10-11-16), nearly everything changed about the Sitka Assembly. They swore in a new mayor: Matthew Hunter. New members: Kevin Knox and Aaron Bean. All in a new building. The Assembly chambers were revitalized in the remodel of Harrigan Centennial Hall.

United Way partners with Sitka non-profits

Representatives from United Way spoke at the Chamber of Commerce meeting in Sitka on Wednesday (10-12-16). The national organization supports nonprofits across the country, by partnering with local businesses to give money and volunteers.

As electric rates rise 7%, Sitka Assembly explores other options

161014_assemblyelectric_kwongThe Sitka Assembly is raising electric rates for the second time this year, by an average of 7% across the customer base. That will close the gap in the electric fund for FY17. But the relief is short-lived. To address future shortfalls, the Assembly wants to dip into other pockets in the city’s wallet before raising rates again.

New Mt. Edgecumbe Superintendent can relate to rural students

New Mt. Edgecumbe  superintendent Janelle Vanasse.  (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell)Mt. Edgecumbe High School has a new superintendent. Janelle Vanasse moved to Sitka from Bethel, where she worked in rural education for twenty years.

Sitka celebrates 50th anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act

A view to the north of Sitka's 'Indian Village,' c. 1890. (Edward DeGroff photo, US Library of Congress)This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act. There's a history walk from 1-4pm on Saturday, October 15th and a presentation on the architecture of Sheldon Jackson campus on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7pm. Downloadable audio.

SSSC hosts Army Corps social scientist

Along with taking part in Whale Fest, Dr. Ward will give a natural history seminar talk at UAS room 229, Thursday Oct. 27 at 7:30 pm. The title of the talk is "Magic and Models: Sense of place and the speed of need." Downloadable audio.

Smoke on the Water: The Sinking of the Prinsendam

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It’s been called the greatest high seas rescue in the history of the Coast Guard. On October 4th, 1980 the luxury cruise liner Prinsendam caught fire in the Gulf of Alaska, between Yakutat and Sitka. Despite an incoming typhoon, 30-foot … more