Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Fairweather returns to service Thursday

The Fairweather at cruising speed. (Flickr photo/Gillfoto)The fast vehicle ferry Fairweather canceled its voyage to Sitka today (Wed 8-13-14) after a mechanical problem was discovered shortly after its departure from Juneau. Spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the Fairweather was not far along on its trip to Sitka when the crew detected trouble with the exhaust systems in the ship’s two starboard engines. AMHS engineers spent the day making repairs, and the ship will return to its scheduled run on Thursday (8-14-14).

SEARCH drops facility fees, opens doors to all

Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital administrator Noel Rea discusses SEARHC's decision to drop facility fees, and to make healthcare services available to all in the community -- even without a referral. The hospital now offers tele-radiology on nights and weekends, a new mammography machine, and other services intended to keep SEARHC viable into the future. Rea also says that, contrary to urban myth, there is no danger of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital closing.

MJ Robinson: Comics an ‘image-based way of thinking’

Artist and graphic novelist MJ Robinson is surprised by the diverse culture in Sitka. At Oberlin, MJ became frustrated with the limits of studio art and creative writing, and began to merge the two in an "image-based way of thinking." MJ will teach a free workshop on creative writing for all abilities in the Yaw Art Building (7:30 PM Wed Aug 12, free).

Trail crew

Cassidy Foster, 8, and Skylar Walk, 11, of Kodiak and Charlotte, NC, supplement the masonry on the upper Herring Cove trail. (Bill Foster photo)Repair work to the Herring Cove Trail performed by USFS crews this spring and summer held up well during last weekend's (Aug 9-11, 2014) deluge. The unseasonably wet storm dumped nearly six inches of rain, sending torrents of water down the falls alongside the trail. And thanks to the efforts of spontaneous volunteer workers like Cassidy Foster and Skyler Walk, the rebuilt trail is a little more scenic than the old. The pair lined a short section of trail with a beautiful stone curb.

Court orders a second look at controversial fish observer program

Fishermen offload commercially-caught halibut in Juneau. (Flickr photo/Gillphoto)A US District Court judge has ruled that a newly-implemented fisheries observer program in the Gulf of Alaska may have become unreliable, and is sending federal managers back to the drawing board to fix it. The decision by Judge H. Russel Holland is being hailed as a victory by Southeast Alaska’s longline fleet, who have chafed under the new system, which requires them to carry human observers on their relatively small vessels. But federal fisheries managers see it as a win as well.

‘Boys Run’ hopes to emulate success of ‘Girls’

Elena Gustafson, with Sitkans Against Family Violence, talks about a new program for boys in grades through 3-5 called Boys Run. It's based on the successful national self-esteem and empowerment program for girls called Girls on the Run. Boys Run, however, will be built on traditional Southeast values.

Boater missing near Cross Sound is found, rescued

McConnell's skiff ran out of gas and drifted to Hogan Island. (KCAW graphic)A boater who went missing near Cross Sound on Thursday (8-7-14) was found and rescued after a 24-hour, multi-agency search. The US Coast Guard and US Forest Service found 21-year-old Gus McConnell on the north side of Hogan Island, in the mouth of Portlock Harbor, about 55 miles northwest of Sitka.

Fairbanks station stays with APRN — for now

kuacKUAC-FM in Fairbanks will not leave the Alaska Public Radio Network, at least not for a couple months.

Seven candidates to vie for Sitka assembly

Four more candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for municipal office in Sitka. Steven Eisenbeisz, who ran last year as a write-in candidate, filed for assembly about 90 minutes before today’s deadline. He missed winning a seat in that election by only 56 votes. Two other candidates, Lillian Feldpausch and Thor Christianson also filed just under the wire. Orion Hughes-Knowles will challenge incumbent Mim McConnell for the mayor's seat.

Homeskillet Artists Live on Raven Radio!

DipticHomeSkillet Fest is Dipticgoing on this Friday and Saturday evenings, but you can hear an early preview of some of the artists live on Raven Radio! Budo was heard on The Axiom on Thursday, The Hightek Lowlives will be on the Good Day Show, Friday, 9-10am, and Benjamin Verdoes on Trail Mix, Friday between 10-noon!