Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Settlement signed in Sitka gender equity dispute

Moller Field re-opened in 2012 after a $2.6-million renovation. (KCAW photo)The Sitka School District has reached a settlement in a gender equity dispute over the community’s new ball field. The resolution averts a potential investigation of Title IX violations.

Departing Sitka, Flight 67 weathers lightning strike

Aircraft lightning strikes occur more often than people realize. (Alaska Airlines photo)An Alaska Airlines jet was struck by lightning shortly after leaving Sitka Tuesday evening (11-4-14), but continued on to a safe landing in Juneau. Passengers reported hearing a loud sound similar to a gunshot and felt some minor turbulence.

Southeast votes for Walker, Begich, Dunbar

U.S. Senator Mark Begich speaks to Sitka resident Dirk White at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sen. Mark Begich would be headed back to Washington, D.C., had the rest of the state voted like Southeast. Bill Walker would have solidly won the governor’s race. And Forrest Dunbar would have probably squeaked by.

For Moreno, tourism lets tribal citizens tell their own story

Rachel Moreno was first elected in 2008 and is running for her fourth term (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Three-term incumbent Rachel Moreno is hoping Sitka tribal citizens give her a fourth opportunity to serve on the Tribal Council, in elections planned for next Tuesday, November 11th.

O’Hara: UAF Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Whalefest

Dr. Todd O'Hara is in town for WhaleFest and the Scientists in Schools program. Dr. O’Hara is the Professor and Associate Dean Department of Veterinary Medicine at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Marijuana and the minimum wage on the minds of voters

Grassroots coalitions and initiative committees have sprung up to lobby votes for or against Ballot Measure 2 .There isn’t a Ballot Measure 1 today. Voters will remember a campaign surrounding that proposition, with sought to overturn Governor Parnell’s oil tax structure. Today’s propositions -- especially measures 2 and 3, are a bit more personal.

SHS Volleyball: Regional Tournament this weekend

Volleyball players Natalie Galanin and Elle Gray provide this update as their volleyball season comes to a close.

Sitka voters to weigh in on 3 ballot props

Voters will decide three propositions Tuesday (11-4-14), ballot measures 2, 3, and 4. Here's a brief rundown of the laws citizens may -- or may not -- pass in this year's general election.

Sineti: Folk singer to bring sea shanties and stories to Whalefest

Don Sineti returns to Sitka for Whalefest 2014. Sineti is a folksinger, songwriter, and part-time sea chanteyman at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut.

Sun and rain lead heritage parade

Sunny (l) and Rainy (r) McClenahan beat drums to herald the beginning of Heritage Month (Mike Hicks/KCAW photo)Rainy and Sunny, a brother and sister duo, beat drums while leading the "Honoring Our Elders" parade. The procession kicks off November celebrations for Native American Heritage Awareness Month. On Friday (10-31-14), President Barack Obama issued a proclamation to recognize the month, as American presidents have done since 1990.