Author Archives: KCAW News

New Old Time Chautauqua returns to SE

chautauquapostertitleChautauqua is a 19th century tradition that blends performance, education, and community-building in one package. Paul Magid founded the New Old Time Chautauqua in 1981. It last toured SE Alaska 23 years ago. His 55-member troupe will be in Sitka on July 12 & 13. Downloadable audio.

Historical society needs volunteers for big move

A porcelain doll that dates back to 1959. It's currently housed  in Sitka Historical Society's archives.If you’ve ever been to a museum and longed to move beyond the glass and handle historical artifacts, your chance has arrived.

Sitka’s state parks to close without ‘creative’ management

Sunset from Halibut Point State Recreation Area in Sitka. This park -- like others in Sitka -- will transfer into private management on July 1.In Sitka, the state Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is preparing to close Castle Hill, Halibut Point Recreation Area, and the Old Sitka boat launch on July 1 if no other entity can be found to run them.

State seeks bidders to care for Sitka’s parks

Sunset from Halibut Point State Recreation Area in Sitka. This park -- like others in Sitka -- will transfer into private management on July 1.Mike Eberhardt, the Southeast Area Parks Superintendent, talks about the plan by the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation to seek new managers for Sitka's state parks. The state will end management of all seven of Sitka's state parks on July 1, 2015. The link to the RFP is available here. Downloadable audio.

While campers study, parents savor the art of Mexican cooking

Fernando Pizzaro teaches a traditional Mexican cooking class at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. (KCAW photo/ Vanessa Walker)The Sitka Fine Arts Camp is taking adult education in a slightly new direction. For years, the camp has offered summer sessions for students and put together adult programs on the side.

KCAW news intern is one TUF customer

Vaness Walker opted for XTRATUFFS sooner rather than later. "I was worried about getting swamp foot," she says. (KCAW photo/Rebecca LaGuire)Originally from Vallejo, California, Walker says she was not used to walking back and forth to work in soaking footwear.

Cameras to remedy observer problems in Alaska?

The EM cameras on the Magia, Steven Rhoads' 55-foot longliner, are mounted on an outrigger boom. "I would pay to have electronic monitoring every day, rather than be selected to carry a human observer," Rhoads told the council. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Smaller boats in Alaska’s offshore fisheries may no longer have to carry human observers in the future, if a NPFMC plan to deploy cameras proves feasible.

International Air Rally touches down in Sitka and Yakutat

MemberPhotoPlane-5The International Air Rally took to the skies of Alaska this month, with Sitka as their final destination. Five twin Cessna planes are parked on the Sitka runway. Their pilots and traveling partners have been traveling since June 1, 2015 and landed in Ketchikan and Juneau, with a surprise detour to Yakutat. Downloadable audio.

Listen: Kettleson Library’s Poetry Cafe

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Kettleson Memorial Library held a live poetry reading event in April of 2015, celebrating the end of National Poetry Month. People of all ages participated in the event by sharing original poems. Raven Radio aired a recording of … more

Herskowtiz: Classical virtuoso with a jazz twist

biographyMatt Herskowitz, a Montreal-based pianist, composer and arranger, will be performing with his jazz trio at the Sitka Summer Music Festival this year. A graduate of the Julliard School in New York City and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Herskowtiz is known for fusing the technique of a classical virtuoso with a prowess in jazz. Downloadable audio.