Author Archives: KCAW News

Survey asks, “Are you satisfied with the quality of life in Sitka?”

18487_970809246276466_83674780593795183_nMelissa Marconi-Wentzel, the Director with the Sitka Health Summit, invites the citizens of Sitka to participate in a quality of life survey by the end of July. This is the first comprehensive health survey of it's kind in the island city of 9000 year-round residents. The survey is available online through Survey Monkey at this link. Downloadable audio.

SAR responds to two calls on Father’s Day

The Coast Guard came in to assist Sitka Search and Rescue on 6-21-2015 at Bear Mountain. (Photo courtesy Sitka Search and Rescue)Sitka Search and Rescue team had a busy day Sunday (6-21-15) -- responding to two separate calls from hikers in need of help.

Walking in the footsteps of Russian history

RBH_Exterior2_1Becky Latanich, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Sitka National Historical Park, talks about their new 1-hour tour of Russian-American history through downtown Sitka. Downloadable audio.

Celebrate July 4th with free root beer floats!

KCAW_4thJuly_SMALL2Get ready to celebrate Independence Day with Raven Radio and free root beer floats! Immediately after the parade, join us for lawn games and live music at the Cable House. We'll be ready to serve more than 500 root beer floats... so make sure you come and get yours! Thanks to Harry Race Soda Shop, Baranof Island Brewing Company, Sitka Sound Seafoods and Northern Sales for making this event possible!

Garden classes bring produce aisle home

Michelle Putz shows Rebecca Kubacki how to harvest lettuce. (KCAW photo/ Vanessa Walker)The high cost of food may be affecting the way residents of Sitka eat. A study published last year found that 75 percent of Sitkans eat less than 5 fruits and vegetables per day--only a fraction of the recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sitka library catalog added to statewide consortium

Librarian Brooke Schafer (rear) and volunteer Don Muller will now be handling library materials from across the state. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Robb Farmer, director of Sitka's Kettleson Memorial Library, explains how the Alaska Joint Library Consortium has created a statewide, virtual library for users across the state. Downloadable audio.

Sitka grapples with $300k cut to jail budget

Sitka Police Officer Noah Shepard serves coffee to inmates in Sitka's jail, while supervisor Dave Nelson looks on. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)As the Sitka Assembly grappled with its budget this spring, the city got one more piece of tough news -- the state would cut $300,000 in funding for Sitka’s jail.

Nikkanen, Rawls share ‘journey’ with Goldberg Variations

Nikkanen_RawlsViolinist Kurt Nikkanen and violist Scott Rawls will join Sitka Summer Music Festival Artistic Director Zuill Bailey this afternoon to perform Bach's Goldberg Variations as a string trio (12:30 PM Thu Jun 18, Harrigan Centennial Hall, free). Despite the contemplative nature of the piece, the pair describe it as a 'journey' in performance. Visit the Sitka Summer Music Festival online for a complete concert schedule and ticket information. Downloadable audio.

Landless Natives bill gets first hearing in Congress

U.S. Rep. Don Young poses in his office with Sealaska board member Richard Rinehart, left, and landless spokesman Leo Barlow, right. Barlow and Reinhart were lobbying this week for Young’s landless Natives legislation. (Photo courtest Don Young’s office.)Haines, Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan and Tenakee were left out of 1971’s Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which gave land, money and corporate status to many other communities. The new bill tries to change that.

‘A melodrama!’ she sighed

This is the third year of Sitka's original melodrama, which captures the spirit of the 1867 Transfer of Alaska.Jeff Budd, Marcy Drake, and Megan Pasternak set the stage for this summer's presentation of Paris of the Pacific, an original Sitka melodrama. Performances are Thu Jun 24 and Mon Jun 29, 7 PM at the Sheetka Kwan Naa Kahidi, advance tickets on sale at Old Harbor Books. Downloadable audio.