Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

‘Visiting Hours’ makes sense of the senseless

Visiting_Hours_CoverCan a man be a victim of his own crime? Sitka Fine Arts Camp writing teacher Amy Butcher's debut memoir unpacks the trauma of homicide -- when a good friend is the perpetrator.

Stedman: Balance the budget before tapping Permanent Fund

State Sen. Bert Stedman speaks at a press conference in 2014. He told Sitka's Chamber of Commerce, "We don't want to go to a vote of the people to make payroll." (File photo)Sen. Bert Stedman told the Sitka Chamber that the operating budget is “messy,” and a serious effort should be made before the legislature turns to the Permanent Fund for help.

Edgecumbe pool slated to break ground in early 2016

A conceptual floor plan for the Mt. Edgecumbe High School Aquatics Facility. Photo courtesy Department of Transportation of Public Facilities.With the state in the throes of the most significant budget crisis in its history, Sitkans may be surprised to see ground broken next spring on a multi-million dollar project.

Sunshine warms Sitka’s July 4th

Sunshine warms Sitka's July 4thAfter ushering in July 4th the night before with a fireworks show that could be seen across the city, Sitkans enjoyed a warm, sunny Independence Day.

The Raven Radio Raffle is on!

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Raven Radio’s Alaska Airlines Raffle is going on now. This is your opportunity to win two round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies with no blackout dates. Tickets are $10 and available week days at the station or at upcoming Sitka … more

City creates citizens’ taskforce

Mayor Mim McConnell was joined by City Administrator Mark Gorman to invite Sitkans to participate in a citizens' taskforce (CT) on city services, revenues, and fees. The Assembly directed city staff to set up the task force at the last meeting. According to McConnell and Gorman, the 7-member focus group will include a Chair and Vice Chair and will meet for six months. The group will be tasked with determining Sitka's core services and how to fund those services into the future. Downloadable audio.

A root beer float party for 500+ Sitkans

KCAW_4thJuly_SMALL2Ken Fate, the Station Manager of Raven Radio, was joined by Development Director Amy Kramer Johnson to talk about a post-parade root beer float party to thank all listeners this Independence Day. This Saturday, July 4th 2015, Raven Radio will be giving out free root beer floats in the Cable House parking lot at 2:30 p.m. The tradition began on Raven Radio's 30th anniversary and this year, will include lawn games and live music by Jason Caputo and Kari Groven with Ed Littlefield and Christian Fabian. Downloadable audio.<

Coast Guard rescues fisherman near Kruzof Island

The Coast Guard hoists a man suffering from stroke-like symptoms from a fishing vessel on the west side of Kruzof Island. Photo courtesy Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a man from a fishing vessel in Gilmer Bay, on the west side of Kruzof Island Monday afternoon (6-29-15). The man was reportedly suffering from stroke-like symptoms.

A 400-year-old weaving mystery

Tracing_Roots_11x17_v4_hi_rezDocumentary filmmaker Ellen Frankenstein was joined by master weaver and Haida elder Delores Churchill, who is the subject of her latest documentary Tracing Roots: A Weaver's Story. They will be screening the documentary tomorrow (07-01-15) from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, in the Pioneers Home Chapel. Downloadable audio.

4th of July to celebrate American innovation

Sitka’s Fourth of July celebration is right around the corner, with some of the same festivities from years past -- and a few surprises.