Author Archives: Brielle Schaeffer, KCAW

Recovered pups find comfort in Sitka

IMG_4590Eleven homeless pups landed in Sitka on Thursday (11-5-13). The dogs, recovered from Ketchikan, will be ready to adopt shortly.

Organizers set to mark 150th Alaska transfer

IMG_4425Linda Williams, Sitka community liaison for 150th anniversary of the transfer of Alaska, chats about the upcoming sesquicentennial commemoration of the 1867 transfer of Russia to Alaska. Downloadable audio.

Miyasato wants more collaboration

IMG_4577Ben Miyasato is one of three candidates for four seats on Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council. The current council treasurer is running for his third term. Miyasato wants to ensure education and employment for tribal citizens, as well as more local government collaboration.

Sitka’s Baranof Elementary: Time for a name change?

Baranof Elementary is named for Alexander Baranov was the chief  manager of the Russian-American Company from 1799 to 1818. Doug Osborne said that Baranov "deserves a place in history, but not a place of honor on a public school."The Sitka School Board heard a compelling appeal from a member of the public Tuesday night (11-3-15) to change the name of Baranof Elementary School to a traditional Tlingit language name.

Medicare expert explains programs

medicare2State of Alaska medicare expert Judith Bendersky helps people navigate the confusing and oftentimes intimidating world of medicare.Downloadable audio.

Stardust Ball Thank You!

EG 2015

A big shout out to everyone who attended this year’s Stardust Ball, it was a wonderfully colorful event!  Seattle’s Eldgridge Gravy and the Court Supreme put on an amazing show and the costumes were as creative as ever.  Thank you … more

Skin artist chosen for Native arts residency

Peter Williams of Sitka displays his seal and sea otter products during the 2013 Juneau Public Market at the capital city's Centennial Hall. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A Yup’ik skin artist living in Sitka is headed to the Institute of American Indian Arts under a Rasmuson Foundation-funded, artist-in-residence program..

Sitka students get hands on history

IMG_5349-2Sitka students had a rare opportunity this week to paint a totem pole that will be on display in Sitka National Historical Park.

Sitka officials say taser incident conformed to police policy

Sitka police chief Sheldon Schmitt (l), community planning director Maegan Bosak, and administrator Mark Gorman discuss the Hoogandorn case with reporters Tuesday (11-3-15). Schmitt says that police use tasers rarely -- less than once per month -- in Sitka. (KCAW photo/Emily Kwong)Municipal officials in Sitka were briefed about the repeated tasering of a teen in police custody, shortly after the incident occurred in September of last year.

Edgecumbe wrestlers talk shop

Mt. Edgecumbe High School students Kale Lliaben, Colin Freitas, Emory Johnson and Pamela Beans visited with the Sitka Sentinel's sports editor Tom Hesse about this year's away games and some surprising secret weapons such as body odor and bad breath. Downloadable audio.