Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

French: Trading up to the 3rd floor of the capitol

Sen. Hollis French says Gov. Parnell's refusal to accept 3 years of federal Medicaid expansion "would have Ted Stevens rolling over in his grave." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Sen. Hollis French is making another bid for the executive branch, this time as Lt. Governor. The 12-year veteran of the Alaska state senate ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010. French was in Sitka Monday (7-7-14) as part of a 10-day campaign swing through Southeast Alaska. He’s been instrumental in organizing a citizen initiative to repeal the governor’s oil tax bill — SB 21 — and says he’ll make a good team with Byron Mallot. more

New ferry schedule has few changes

The ferries Malaspina and Columbia tie up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in February of 2012. The winter ferry schedule is built around maintenance and repair work.

The ferry schedule for this fall, winter and spring is now available online. It’s similar to last year’s sailing calendar. more

Summer events at Island Institute

Island Institute associate director Peter Bradley visits the KCAW studio to talk about the Institute’s many upcoming events. The annual Sitka Symposium starts on July 20 and features a week of events, including a Sunday night TEDxSitka talk in the Odess … more

After the crash: Searching for accountability in the Coast Guard

At the 2011 dedication of the Sean Krueger softball field in Sitka. Krueger was in command of CG6017. (KCAW photo/Emily Bender)

Four years ago, on July 7, 2010, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crashed off the coast of La Push, Washington, taking the lives of the aircraft’s commander and two crewman. The deaths of the Sitka airmen were three of 14 fatalities in the Coast Guard in a two-year period. Late last month, the Center for Investigative Reporting released an in-depth story examining the culture of safety — and accountability — in the Coast Guard. more

Sitka’s Fourth festivities

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Sitkans celebrated their independent spirit on Friday with another fabulous town-wide Fourth of July party. KCAW’s Greta Mart files this audio postcard. more

John Littlefield’s legacy: Teaching subsistence as advocacy

John Littlefield. (Family photo)

Sitkans this week will mark 40 days since the passing of John Littlefield with a traditional celebration of his life. The food will be wild, local, and plentiful — thanks in large part to his legacy. John Littlefield was a clan uncle, a father, a husband, and electrical contractor. But most of all, he was a passionate advocate for traditional subsistence rights. more

Despite higher fees, Sitka’s ANB Harbor a welcome upgrade

The newly-rebuilt ANB Harbor (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)

Construction was completed on the new ANB Harbor in Sitka in early 2014, but it wasn’t until the last week in June when local officials held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the project’s success. more

NPS’s Historic Fourth

Anne Linkenhall, park ranger at the Sitka National Historical Park, describes all the activities planned for the Fourth of July. From 10:30 to noon at the Russian Bishop’s House , rangers dressed in period costumes will host historic and traditional games for children … more

New Sealaska leaders promise growth, changes

Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott addresses shareholders at the Sealaska annual meeting near the SeaTac Airport. (Photo courtesy Sealaska)

Sealaska’s new board chairman and CEO say the regional Native corporation is gearing up for growth. They’re following a direction set by their predecessors. But they promise some changes. more

Free lunch and learn for better parenting

Sitkans Against Family Violence’s Julia Smith and Dr. Matt Hirschfeld, via phone from Anchorage, talk about an upcoming free lunch and learn event on July 8 at Harrigan Centennial Hall. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., SAFV and The All … more