Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Three Sitkans indicted for meth, heroin trafficking

Three Sitka defendants are facing drug trafficking charges related to meth and heroin. A Sitka Grand Jury last week indicted 56-year old John M. Laigo on three counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree for delivering methamphetamine. 30-year old Crystal D. Brazell faces one count, also for allegedly delivering meth. In an unrelated case, 45-year-old Noriss Sergius Howard is facing three counts of MISCS in the Second Degree for allegedly delivering heroin.

Engineer headed to Kake

pleasestandby_webKake's signal is weak and scratchy. An engineer will travel to Kake on Tuesday to address the problem. You can stream the signal using the link to the right on this page.

Keep on buzzin’

KCAW summer news intern Greta "Buzzsaw" Mart hard at work on her last day. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)This week KCAW says goodbye to Greta Mart, our 2014 summer news intern, Greta Mart. Greta worked for 8 years as a professional print reporter in the Bay Area before applying to the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and making the leap into broadcasting. Greta filed stories for the KCAW News Department on her first AND last days of work (and many in between). A letter-writer to her newspaper in Martinez, CA, once wrote that "Greta covers the county like a buzzsaw." We made that nickname stick: Thanks for the hard work, Buzz! Good luck in your career, whether it leads you back to the Bay, or to Infinity and Beyond!

Artchange interns focus lenses on Sitka

KCAW summer reporter Greta Mart (r.) listens in as ArtChange intern Iolanda Depizzol develops her "Ask a Local" audio tour. (ArtChange photo)A local Sitka non-profit called Artchange expanded its reach this summer, thanks to the addition of three Yale University interns. ArtChange is a project of a local filmmaker, who asked each student to put a lens on a different aspect of the community -- tourism, transportation and food. But they all shared a common goal: To get to know the people and places of Southeast Alaska.

‘Live Fit’ month builds good habits at an early age

Patrick Williams, injury prevention coordinator at Sitka Community Hospital, and Makai Saline discuss the importance of forming early exercise habits as part of "Live Fit" month this August. Saline swims and runs, both competitively and for fun. Only 11 years old, Saline won the under-18 division in the 1K Change Your Latitude Open Water Swim two weeks ago.

New ballfield prompts Title IX complaint against Sitka Schools

Girls have played softball in the all-new Moller Park, but head coach Bob Potrzuski says it's not equity "when you feel like someone is letting you use it." (KCAW photo)A multi-million dollar baseball field in Sitka has opened the door to a possible civil rights investigation based on gender discrimination. The US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights notified the Sitka School District in July that it had received a complaint about the new field, and the district’s alleged failure to provide comparable practice and competition facilities for girls’ softball.

Raven Radio is back up and running!

Photo (23)Raven Radio experienced some technical difficulties this afternoon, and was temporarily off the air. We are were able to troubleshoot the problem, thanks to the help of Coast Alaska Engineer, Rich Parker, and we're back up and running. Thanks so much for your patience, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

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).