Author Archives: Brian Hanson, KCAW

Mt. Edgecumbe student gov’t: Prom and beyond

Mt. Edgecumbe student government representatives Tamija Woods (sr - Anchorage) and Gabriel Gradi (jr - Anchorage) explain that their duties involve much more than planning prom. With advisor Michael Mahoney and KCAW's Brian Hanson. Downloadable audio.

‘Sitka History Minute’ is the story of people

SitHistMin_logoEqual parts Cosmos and Prairie Home Companion, Hal Spackman's Sitka History Minute is a bright star in KCAW's local programming lineup. Want goat farming? SHM has it! Downloadable audio.

Kid Laser’s debut album an odyssey via ‘Grunge Lit’

Machines_and_Monsters_artKid Laser & the Dynamite Deal have just released their first album 'Machines and Monsters.' The Sitka-based band is a creative collaboration between Dan Olbrych (lead vocals, guitar), Cody Russell (lead guitar), Nate Monahan (bass), and Joey Stamps (drums). The album is classic Pacific NW garage rock -- but harnessed to the Homeric tradition. Kid Laser & the Dynamite Deal will perform live this weekend (9 PM Sat Mar 14, Bayview Pub, with Los Shotgun Locos). Downloadable audio.

Seven Seas, Clean Seas: Wearable Art 2015

099-IMG_4900At the 7th Annual Wearable Arts Show this past Saturday (3-7-15), sixty models walked the runway. Some donned their own design, while others modeled on behalf of artists and designers unseen. 76-year-old Bill Foster did a disco covered in political brochures, while 7-month-old Noah Apathy was covered in K-cups to recreate the scales of a carp.

Alaska’s GMO labeling bill looks to film for public support

GMOOMGposterA GMO labeling bill has been introduced in the Alaska legislature, and sponsors are now trying to build public support by screening a film around the state.

KGH Project Fair: 19 years and counting

A classic project volcano. (Flickr photo/Judy Baxter)Keet Gooshi Heen Project Fair coordinator Rebecca Himschoot and student historian Addie Poulson discuss tonight's Project Fair (6-7:30 PM Thu Mar 12, Keet Gooshi Heen multipurpose room). Poulson's project is a history of the fair, which is now in its 19th year, with almost 1,000 projects.

State Parks proposes closing offices in Sitka

parkareamapIn the face of serious budget cuts, the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation has proposed scaling back operation of the state parks in Sitka and Valdez. The legislature still has to weigh in, but according to Director Ben Ellis, a tough decision had to be made.

Herring Camp connects tradition, science

Tristan Ballesderoz and Kyler Newton label a dissected herring during Knowledge of Herring Camp, on March 21. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka National Historical Park Ranger Ryan Carpenter describes the unique partnership behind Herring Camp, a spring-break program for middle school students. Herring Camp mixes contemporary scientific methods with traditional knowledge to give students a well-rounded perspective on this critical resource. With Tribal culture-bearer Chuck Miller, resource protection manager Jeff Feldpausch, and camper Madison Roy-Mercer. Downloadable audio.

Update: Ferry engine damage could affect Sitka service

The fast ferry Fairweather sails Chatham Strait, between Admiralty and Chichagof islands in 2010. One of its four new engines broke March 7 while sailing Prince William Sound. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)One of the Alaska Marine Highway’s new ferry engines is down. That could affect service in Southeast, including Sitka, and Prince William Sound.

Sitka Wolves, Lady Wolves claw their way to regional titles

The Lady Wolves celebrate their regional win in Ketchikan, before heading to state in Anchorage. (Ingfrid Olney-Miller photo)Both of Sitka High's basketball teams recovered from opening -game losses and claimed 3A Region V Basketball titles today (Sat 3-7-15).