Author Archives: Michael Hicks, KCAW

Russian Orthodox Christmas 2015

2015-01-07-029Wednesday, January 7th was Christmas on the Julian calendar observed by Orthodox churches around the world. St. Michael's Orthodox Cathedral celebrated a "Christmas Vigil" and Holy Communion on Tuesday evening. Photos by Mike Hicks/KCAW.

State game board to review deer seasons, limits for Sitka

A proposed delay in the start of "doe season" is meant to protect fawns -- but may not make sense biologically. (KCAW file photo)The State Board of Game meets this weekend (Jan 9-13) in Juneau to consider a number of proposed changes to Southeast hunting regulations -- including some rules important to Sitka hunters of deer, mountain goat, and bear.

A ‘season of gratitude’ at the Sitka Summer Music Festival

StevensonHall Stevenson Hall, as it appears in the Historic American Building Survey.[/caption]Kayla Boettcher, executive director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, reports on her organization's receipt of a $260,000 grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust, which will allow for the purchase of the festival's headquarters at Stevenson Hall. The Murdock Trust, plus a number of individual funders, contributed a total of $530,000 in capital funding, some of which will be used toward repairs of the historic building. Downloadable audio.

‘Annie’ auditions Saturday

annieZeke Blackwell, director of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp's Young Performers Theater, talks about auditions scheduled for Annie, the spring production at camp. Performers age 7 - 18 are eligible to audition one short song (not from Annie), a short scene, and dancing ability. The show will be staged Feb 27 & 28, and March 1. For complete information, visit the Sitka Fine Arts Camp online. Downloadable audio.

Sitka hospital cuts ties with former CEO, moves toward transition

The hospital classroom fills for the board's noon meeting. Staffers urged  transparency as the board moves forward. "A lot of what's happened has been a mystery to us," said one. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka's hospital board named Chief Nursing Officer Raine Clarke as interim CEO at a special meeting on Monday (1-5-15). Contrary to rumor, former CEO Jeff Comer will not be receiving anything more than his paycheck for his work through last Friday, as Sitka’s embattled hospital struggles to balance its books and find direction.

Teen safe after icy slide down Mt. Verstovia

In summertime, the Mt. Verstovia bowl is a popular hiking trail. (Flickr photo/German Parra)A 16-year-old Sitka girl escaped with minor injuries after losing her footing on Mt. Verstovia Sunday afternoon (1-4-15), and sliding partway down a bowl. The Sitka Fire Department received a call shortly after 4 PM from the girl’s 24-year-old brother. The pair had safely climbed to the summit of “Picnic Rock,” but discovered on the return trip that the route had turned into wind-scoured ice.

House Jacks to perform Saturday

HouseJacksMonica Ague, with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, discusses this weekend's performance by the House Jacks, an a capella group from the San Francisco Bay Area. The House Jacks have performed together for over 20 years; they bring a rich, instrumental sound to their all-vocal music. 7 PM Sat Jan 10 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center, tickets available at the SFAC office, 747-3085, or at the door. Learn more about the House Jacks. Downloadable audio.

Hospital CEO alleges assault, leaves Sitka

A scheduled discussion on hospital issues with CEO Jeff Comer Friday night (1-2-15) was sidetracked when Comer didn’t appear. Instead, he sent hospital board president Celeste Tydingco to read a statement describing an alleged assault, and his intention to leave Sitka immediately.

Gender, experience weighed in Sitka assembly appointment

Michelle Putz is Sitka’s newest assembly member. Putz was appointed by the assembly in a special meeting Friday evening (1-2-15), to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Phyllis Hackett. Members considered Putz’s previous experience on the assembly in making the appointment, and also her gender.

Putz wins assembly appointment

Michelle Putz takes the oath of office from deputy municipal clerk Sara Peterson. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka Assembly tonight (1-2-15) name Michelle Putz to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Phyllis Hackett last month. Putz was elected on the second ballot by members Tristan Guevin, Ben Miyasato, Mayor Mim McConnell, and Steven Eisenbeisz. Runner-up in balloting was former three-term assembly member Thor Christianson.