Author Archives: KCAW News

SCH creates scholarship swimming lesson program

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield gave Sitka Community Hospital a $3000 grant for water safety education. As Patrick Williams of SCH explains it, $1500 will be funneled into a 12-month scholarship program directed by Baranof Barracuda Swim Club to teach six children how to swim. Williams was joined by Coach Sioxha Tokman and Board President Kevin Knox to talk about the expansion of the swim lesson program and the upcoming state championship meet in Jueanu. Barracuda is actively looking for swim lesson instructors. Call 738-8155 for more information. Downloadable audio.

Bill to boost Native-language immersion schools

2-10-15 Sitka Democratic Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins talks about Native language immersion charter schools at the Native Issues Forum in Juneau. 3New legislation will propose a system of encouraging and supporting Native language charter schools in Alaska.

Body of Sitka woman, 33, found on Unalaska trail

Jess Acker worked seasonally as a fisheries tech for ADF&G in Sitka. (Facebook photo)Authorities in Dutch Harbor have confirmed that the body found on Pyramid Peak Monday (2-9-15) is that of a 33-year old Sitka woman, Jessica Acker.

All aboard the Hogwarts Express

23-IMG_0096Last Thursday (2-5-15), staff of the Kettleson Memorial Library transformed the Stratton location into the Hogwarts castle, complete with floating candlesticks, owls, and of course, a competition for the House Cup. The publisher Bloomsbury Children's Books declared February 5th the first "Harry Potter Book Night," an annual event to celebrate the series.

Flyers, spotters, and stunts: Cheerleading goes airborne at MEHS

The Mt. Edgecumbe Cheerleaders leave the floor at halftime in 2013. (KCAW Photo/Robert Woolsey)Mt. Edgecumbe High School cheerleaders Johnna Bouker (sr - Dillingham) and Jeffrey Moore (sr - Unalaska) take us behind the scenes of their challenging activity. In Southeast, Cheerleading is a competetive event, judged during the regional Basketball tournament next month in Ketchikan. Downloadable audio.

Figure eights on Swan Lake

2015-02-08-616This past Saturday (2-7-15), below freezing temperatures gave ice skaters a solid surface for gliding. Swan Lake turned into a weekend skating rink, as passerby with skates and sneakers alike stepped on to the ice. Photo by Mike Hicks.

Send us your love notes, this Valentine’s Day

5447572756_b509db1783_zDo you have a declaration of love you'd like to get off your chest? KCAW will read them on air.

Brave Heart offers Valentine’s retreat for lost love

Starrigavan_CabinSomeone who has lost a spouse or intimate partner may need help redefining Valentine's Day. This Saturday, Brave Heart Volunteers offers the first of four day-long retreats for widows and widowers. 10 AM to 5 PM Sat Feb 14 at the Starrigavan Cabin. Other retreats will be scheduled throughout the year. Visit Brave Heart Volunteers for complete information. With Brave Heart's Zack Desmond. Downloadable audio.

Toe-tapping through Sitka Jazz Fest 2015

Violinist Mads Tolling played  variations of traditional Danish music  with his innovative bowing techniques. (Mike Hicks/KCAW photo)This past weekend (Feb. 5, 2015 - Feb. 7, 2015 ), the sounds of brass instruments and scat vocals filled the hallways and concert venues of Sitka.

Washington brings New Orleans sensibility to JazzFest

Kenny_WashingtonNew Orleans vocalist Kenny Washington returns to headline the closing night of Sitka's JazzFest. With roots in Southern Gospel, Washington takes jazz standards to new heights with his four-octave range. For complete schedule information, visit Sitka JazzFest online. Downloadable audio.