Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

Southeast cities hot and cold on ballot measures

Southeast Alaska voters shot down some tax changes and construction projects during the Oct. 7 municipal elections. Here’s a quick look at what passed and what didn’t.

How is a health initiative born? (Hint: It involves stickers)

IMG_4939In it's 8th year, enrollment at the Sitka Health Summit Planning Day was at a record high. Last Friday (10-03-14), 82 participants generated hundreds of ideas to improve health and wellness in the community. Their goal? To vote and commit to two ideas by the end of the day.

GSAC: “Here the weather is lovely, as long as you wear a hat”

A host of "Alaska Day" performances are coming up. Jeff Budd shares the line-up for tomorrow's Monthly Grind, while Ira Snelling discusses Paris of the Pacific, a period melodrama about the 1867 Alaska Purchase. Sarah Lawrie, the director of the Greater Sitka Arts Council, talks about this year's Sitka Artisans Market & Holiday Craft Party. Dates and details here.

Mock election at SHS reflects millennial priorities

IMG_5094On Tuesday (10-7-14), not all the voting in Sitka happened at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Up the street at Sitka High School, students headed to the polls in a mock election. While the student voters may not have completely agreed with the electorate at-large, their opinions were—mostly! —based on thorough research.

Lannoo: What amphibians can teach us about human health

Dr. Michael Lannoo is this fall's Scientist in Residence at the Sitka Sound Science Center (SSSC), where he is studying the conservation biology of amphibians. Dr. Lanoo is in residence for one-month sabbatical program, and is joined in the studio by coordinator Victoria O'Connell.

KCAW listener communities elect councils, school board

A local bulletin board in Tenakee Springs. (Flickr photo/Daniel Cornwall)Elections were also held this week in most communities served by KCAW, with the exception of Yakutat, whose voters will go to the polls later this month.

Sitka 2014 municipal election: Unofficial results

With voting concluded in the 2014 Municipal Election, Sitka may have the youngest assembly ever. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)With votes counted in the 2014 municipal election, Sitka may have the youngest assembly ever. See the unofficial results here.

Sitka’s school performance: No fault in these stars

Blatchley Middle School won a 4-star ranking under the Alaska School Performance Index. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)With anxiety running high over how Sitka schools will fare under newly-adopted state testing standards this year, the Sitka school board Monday night (10-6-14) seemed pleased to learn that -- under the old standards -- the district has shown significant improvement. But there is also some troubling information in the data.

SHS Football: Season in review

Sitka High School football players Alex Corak ('15), Miguel Garcia ('16), and Josh Goeden ('17) are wrapping up their season for the year. Together, they review the highs and lows of the year.

Liveaboard firefighter stops Sitka harbor blaze

FireHose_mikehiattQuick thinking by an off-duty Sitka firefighter may have prevented a boat fire from becoming a major disaster in a local harbor Friday night. Deputy fire chief Al Stevens says Michelle Snowden, an engineer with the department, had just moved onto a liveaboard in Crescent Harbor when her pager alerted her to the fire on a neighboring vessel. She had it out before the engine arrived.