Author Archives: KCAW News

Reviving the Laundry Building

26 interns are currently putting a new roof on the Sheldon Jackson Campus’ historic Laundry Building, the first phase of a project to eventually turn the ruined building into a community cafe and art gallery. more

State road projects in Sitka at $70-million and climbing

While Halibut Point Road repaving remains stalled, crews are beginning the $2-million project on Harbor Drive. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

The state has spent nearly $70-million on transportation projects in Sitka over the last five years, and there’s more on the way — a single-lane gravel road into Katlian Bay. Al Clough, the regional director for the Department of Transportation, recapped the DOT’s plans in Sitka for the Chamber of Commerce (7-16-14). more

‘Romeo’ a story of transformation, tragedy

Romeo was fully wild, but social. He often mingled with Juneau dogs. (David Wilson photo)

His name was Romeo, and his story is almost as tragic as his Shakespearian namesake’s. Author Nick Jans has just published A Wolf Called Romeo about the black wolf which captivated Juneau residents for seven winters, before being illegally taken by a hunter in 2009. Jans will be in Sitka this Sunday (7-20-14) for a signing at Old Harbor books. more

Consultants to help streamline Sitka administration

Unlike most other departments, the city administration has no master plan. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Municipal Solutions, based in Phoenix, Arizona, was in Sitka last week to meet with city officials. They’ll spend the next few months reviewing operations in city hall from the ground up, and — hopefully — identify efficiencies and savings. more

The White Elephant at a crossroads

The White Elephant Shop. (KCAW/photo by Greta Mart)

There are now a handful of thrift shops and consignment stores in Sitka, but for decades there was only one: The White Elephant. In business for over 50 years, the White E — as locals call it — has contributed millions of dollars to support nonprofits, and to assist individuals in need of a helping hand. Until recently, the organization was run exclusively by volunteers more

Looking for l’amour

A lone ribbon seal rests on a berg in Prince William Sound on July 9, 2014. The animal is rarely seen beyond the Bering Sea. (US Fish & Wildlife photo)

Researchers conducting a bird and mammal survey in Prince William Sound earlier this week (7-9-14) did a double-take when they saw this animal: a ribbon seal, a long way from his home in the Beaufort Sea. His solitude, plus the long white stripe down his back bring to mind Pepé Le Pew, the lovelorn skunk of Merrie Melodies fame. May you find your way home, monsieur seal, and may you find l’amour. more

3rd annual Panhandle Fly-In

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, the third annual Panhandle Fly-In comes to Sitka’s Rocky Gutierrez Airport, organized by the Southeast Alaska Aviation Association (SEAKAA). Members Jeannie Frank, Francois Bakkes and Kevin Knox visit the KCAW studio to talk about … more

Final shows for 2014 H.S. camp

Sitka Fine Arts Camp music faculty Paul Cox and Katy Green, along with Lisa Wong, the camp’s marketing intern, talk about the final performances of the high school 2014 summer sessions. Students have taken five classes a day - from among an offering … more

Bunna Bike a boon for coffee lovers

Chris Bryner brews direct-trade coffee at his new coffee cart in Sitka. (KCAW/photo by Greta Mart)

Sitka has a new coffee brewer in town, a direct-trade connoisseur on three wheels. Local teacher Chris Bryner launches Bunna Bike. more

Sitka’s Cello Seminar brings music to the people

Robert Lee (l.) and Alex Cox study at the Cleveland Institute and the Julliard School respectively. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Sitka is packed with students in the summertime, but these students have the largest luggage. The Sitka Cello Seminar is at its halfway point. Ten students from around the country are in town, living in Stevenson Hall on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus, and taking daily master classes with a pair of renown faculty. The seminar performed for the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (7-9-14). more