Author Archives: KCAW News

Chautauqua: “We hope to bring happiness to the spirits”

2-IMG_3339-500x375Paul Magid, the tour coordinator with the New Old Time Chautauqua, shares plans for the group's final day in Sitka, which includes a potluck and a concert in memory of the community's ancestors. Magid was joined by local storyteller Bob Sam to talk about the spirit of Chautauqua and bringing communities together through learning. Downloadable audio.

Taking risks with art (and ice cream!) at SFAC

2middleschool-sb1WT McRae, a teaching artist with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp (SFAC), was joined by administrator Lauren Tronick to talk about the last week of camp and this year's line-up of final performances. They were joined by camper Kathryn Casello. Casello is one of the 213 campers this summer, who hail from 29 communities in Alaska and 10 states. Downloadable audio.

As clean-up ends, Chichagof mine goes wild

09boomer featured image. Photo courtesy Forest Service.Although Alaska’s Gold Rush never really paid off in the Sitka area, that didn’t stop people from trying. On neighboring Chichagof Island, thousands of prospectors are thought to have combed the valleys and mountain sides looking for gold in the late 1800s.

Cello-brate good times, c’mon!

webZuill Bailey, the Artistic Director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, was joined by Dr. Melissa Kraut, a co-founder of the Sitka Cello Seminar. In its second year, the seminar brings together promising cello students and instructors for 13 days of intensive cello study. Benjamin Francisco, one of the eight students participating in the seminar, talks about a day in the life and combining a love for the outdoors with music. Downloadable audio.

Silver Bay Seafoods to deal for more Sitka waterfront

Sitka's industrial park board has more faith in seafood than in bulkwater at the moment. At its last meeting (6-25-15) the board opened negotiations to provide Silver Bay Seafoods with more land.

Harrigan prepares for major remodel; to close August 1

CaptureDon Kluting, the Building Manager of Harrigan Centennial Hall, was joined by Project Manager Kelli Cropper to discuss the upcoming remodel of the 48-year-old building. Harrigan Centennial Hall will close Saturday, August 1, 2015 until January 2017.

UAS to host German young professional this year

hqdefaultChris Washko, the Student Success Center Manager at the University of Alaska Southeast, talks about the university's participation in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX), an exchange of 75 Americans and 75 German professionals. For the first year, Sitka will be a host site for one of these students, a Bavarian resident named Alexander. Washko gives a glimpse inside Alexander's life in Sitka and prerequisites for a potential host family. Downloadable audio.

Post-Graduate Fellowship in Community Journalism

2014-15 Fellow Emily Kwong enjoys one of the perks of Sitka's maritime environment.The application period is now open for KCAW's Post-Graduate Fellowship in Community Journalism. This 30-week program is an opportunity for a recent Journalism school graduate or established print reporter to build a portfolio in broadcasting. The application deadline is Friday, July 24, 2015. The Fellowship starts in mid-September.

Farmers market returns for 8th season

Locally harvested produce, artisan crafts, and live entertainment can all be found in one place this summer: the Sitka Farmers Market.

‘Visiting Hours’ makes sense of the senseless

Visiting_Hours_CoverCan a man be a victim of his own crime? Sitka Fine Arts Camp writing teacher Amy Butcher's debut memoir unpacks the trauma of homicide -- when a good friend is the perpetrator.