Author Archives: Brian Hanson, KCAW

Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe students excel at state science fair

UAS associate professor Kitty LaBounty and Mt. Edgecumbe students Terrell Jones (Sr-Deering) and Shanelle Afcan (Sr-Nunam Iqua), and Sitka High’s Misha Bekeris, discuss the projects they presented at the Alaska Science and Engineering Fair. Bekeris’s project on nutrient fluxes in the Indian River was a finalist for the Grand Prize. The public can view the projects Monday evening, April 28, at UAS Sitka.
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Heat, hydration, and the ‘occupational athlete’

Brent Ruby, PhD, believes strategies developed in his lab for endurance athletes could benefit "occupational athletes" like commercial fishermen. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Brent Ruby, PhD, a noted exercise physiologist from the lower 48 has been in Alaska this week updating health professionals on the latest research on hydration and heat stress. He’s also been taking a look at what he calls “occupational athletes,” like commercial fishermen, and trying to find ways his research can apply to their work. more

Mentoring program for new gardeners

Linda Wilson, with the Sitka Local Foods Network, discusses a mentoring program for first-time gardeners. For more information, visit the SLFN online. more

Tue Apr 8, 2014

Sitka Assembly to take final vote tightening anti-smoking ordinance. Senate Finance Committee releases budget; includes $3.3-million for Harrigan remodel. This is not your father’s shop class. Petersburg family takes the stage at Juneau FolkFest. more

Where no shop class has gone before

Metlakatla Science teacher Jason Pipkin watches as the printer creates metric screws for a quadcopter his students are building. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

This is not your grandfather’s shop class. Late last month a group of high school and college shop teachers and a few of their students gathered for a three-day workshop in Sitka’s state-of-the-art Design and Fabrication Lab. The use of 3D printers and other computer-controlled equipment has revolutionized shop, and turned one of the most remote classrooms in the building into the coolest place in school. more

It’s not too late!

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The White Rabbit might have been late for a very important date, but there is still plenty of time for you to support Raven Radio if we missed you during our One Day Drive! We are behind last year’s pace and we need to hear from the almost 200 members that haven’t renewed yet. You can make your contribution online, or call 747-5877 weekdays during business hours. Thanks to those who have already contributed! more

Update: Sealaska dividends include no earnings

Sealaska CEO Chris McNeil Jr. addresses Juneau's Native Issues Forum April 2, 2014. The corporation's spring distribution includes no operating revenue. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)

The Sealaska regional Native corporation does not appear to be making much – if any – money. more

Sitka’s greenest businesses

Michelle Putz with the Sitka Global Warming Group discusses the eight Sitka businesses receiving green business awards – and why they qualify. more

Mon Apr 7, 2014

The latest issue of “Sitka Trends” shows a rebound in retail sales, unemployment, and personal income, paired with a decrease in the price of housing rentals. Sealaska’s spring distribution to shareholders does not include corporate revenues. The city and borough of Juneau has appealed to the state Supreme Court to reverse a decision on the northern boundary of Petersburg. “Once Upon Alaska” is a new kids photobook by Nick Jans and Mark Kelley. more

‘Trends’ report shows economic upswing in Sitka

SEDA director Garry White is most concerned about "leakage": the money that leaves Sitka through internet sales or industrial activity that could occur locally. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Sitka’s economy is continuing to tick upwards, based on statistical data. The latest issue of “Sitka Trends” shows a rebound in retail sales, unemployment, and personal income, paired with a decrease in the price of housing rentals. In looking for a “barometer” of Sitka’s health, SEDA director Garry White balances what he sees people spending on entertainment venues, versus shuttered downtown stores. more