Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Assembly looks to ‘budget-driven’ property tax

The Sitka Assembly is taking a hard look at raising property taxes. In an hour-long special meeting Tuesday night (6-28-16), assessor Wendy Lawrence outlined the pros and cons of increasing Sitka’s millage rate.

Thank you Sitka Fools!

IMG_6670Raven Radio would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Only Fools Run at Midnight! There were about 200 Fools running, walking and rolling through Sitka Saturday night and it was a super success! Click on photo to see list of winners.

Beginning in July, Sitka Public Library closed Sundays

IMG_5374Robb Farmer, director of the Sitka Public Library, joined us to discuss this summer reading programs and the 33 1/3 Club, dedicated to vinyl appreciation as well as the upcoming changes to library hours. Downloadable audio

Sitka 4-H offers survival and kayaking camps

723473_origAndrew Thoms and Molly Johnson with the Sitka Conservation Society joined us in the studio, along with Jasmine Shaw of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service to talk about this summer's 4-H programming as well as how state budget cuts will affect the 4-H program. Downloadable audio

One injured in Sitka four-plex fire

Despite the heavy smoke, residents will be able to return to 2 of the 4 units, says Fire Chief Dave Miller. (Nick Galanin photo)One man sustained minor injuries after a four-plex caught fire on Lance Drive in Sitka on Sunday afternoon (6-26-16).

Behnken to represent Alaska on halibut commission

Linda Behnken with her sons, Halen and Rio. Behnken lives the small-boat fishing life she advocates for, but she's no stranger to IPHC politics. She's chaired the 84-member IPHC Conference Board for the last several years. (ALFA photo/Mim McConnell)Longtime Sitka resident and fisheries advocate Linda Behnken has been appointed to the six-member International Pacific Halibut Commission.

In a month of pride, life after Orlando

Artist Ricky Tagaban organized a Two Spirit Pride Reception to begin Juneau's pride week, held on June 11th. Speakers included Freda Westman, former Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp President. The next day was the Orlando shooting. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)In gay communities all over the country, there is a before and an after. A before June 12th, and an after.

USCGC Maple changes command

IMG_6560The Coast Guard held a change of command ceremony aboard the Cutter Maple in Sitka yesterday morning (06-23-16). Beneath blue skies, Lieutenant Commander Mike Newell transferred command of the 225-buoy tender to Lieutenant Commander Patrick Armstrong.

‘Invasives Week’ efforts still focused on Sitka’s D.vex

D. vex grows in dense colonies. Although each individual is microscopic, together they form a dense mat resembling a sponge. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)It's Invasive Species Awareness Week in Alaska. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey caught up with one of the state’s top invasive-fighters, Tammy Davis, as she coordinated a dive team in Sitka’s Whiting Harbor.

Sun after dark

The Norwegian Sun at anchor in Sitka Thursday evening. (KCAW photo/Rich McClear)The cruise ship Norwegian Sun was delayed in Sitka Thursday night (6-23-16) due to a mechanical problem with the anchor gear.