Author Archives: KCAW News

Conference seeks connections across Pacific

Paths-plastic-toysThe 9th Paths Across the Pacific Conference begins this week in Sitka. Co-founders Nancy Yaw Davis and "Flotsametrics" author Curtis Ebbesmeyer review some of the programs on the conference calendar. Downloadable audio.

Thank you, Katherine Rose!

IMG_6545For 15 years, Raven Radio has recruited its summer intern through the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. And this summer, we were lucky to find a radio superstar in Katherine Rose.

Who is on Tuesday’s Southeast primary ballots?

Southeast Alaska's House districts are 33, 34, 35 and 36. The Senate districts, which each include two House districts, are Q and R. (Map courtesy Alaska Redistricting Board)Southeast Alaska's four House and two Senate districts have no primary contests this year. Two have no contests at all.

Path of Hope continues to inspire cancer survivors, families

Path_of_HopeFounding member Carolyn Fredrickson reminds us about the work of the Sitka Cancer Survivors Society. Fredrickson discusses the grant program and a memorial path behind Moller Field. Downloadable audio.

SE Conference brainstorms a fix for Alaska’s ferries

Robert Venables is the former city manager of Haines. He says that the legislature understands that "there's a true sense of crisis" in the system. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Governor Bill Walker earlier this year empowered the Southeast Conference to look for solutions to the Alaska Marine Highway’s ongoing problems. Robert Venables explains how.

Miller appointed acting police chief

0715firetrucksFire Chief Dave Miller was appointed Acting Police Chief today (08-11-16) by municipal administrator Mark Gorman. Sitka’s Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt will be out on extended family medical leave until further notice.

Property tax question to appear on October ballot

Voters this fall will also be asked a ballot question that, if passed, would raise the mill rate for the first time in 20 years. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)On Tuesday night (08-10-16), the Sitka Assembly (08-10-16) approved placing a question on the October 4th ballot to raise the property tax cap from 6 mills to 8 mills. They also adjusted a loan payment plan for Baranof Island Brewing Company.

Boys Run needs coaches!

Crossing the line in the 2014 Boys Run final event. (SAFV photo/Anne Brice)Lauren Havens and Tristan Guevin are recruiting coaches for Boys Run I toowú klatseen, an after school program for boys in 3rd through 5th grade that teaches life skills through a culturally responsive curriculum that creatively integrates running. Downloadable audio.

Right, left brains meet at Sitka Arts & Science Fest

Where do art and science intersect? Anna Weitelmann's notes on water quality illustrate an obvious answer.The Sitka Fine Arts Camp, along with the Sitka Sound Science Center and the Island Institute, hosted the first ever Arts & Science Festival, straddling the right/left brain divide.

Sitka Assembly narrows city attorney selection

8025297285_4d7343a3f8_oTwelve individuals have applied to be Sitka’s next city attorney. During a special meeting last night (08-10-16), the Assembly voted on their top picks for follow-up interviews.