Author Archives: Brian Hanson, KCAW

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.

Listen Here: Does economic globalization reduce poverty?

10426334_10101190310106060_486771119154496619_nOn Monday evening, February 9th, top teams from Sitka High School will go head to head in a live debate. The topic: On balance, economic globalization benefits worldwide poverty reduction. The debate will broadcast live from 7PM - 8PM on KCAW Sitka.

Fallen tree cuts Sitka power — again!

For the second day in a row, Sitkans went without power in mid-afternoon. This time it was a tree, however, and not gremlins.

Sitka student council seeks social violence, tolerance programs

Sitka High student government meets with the school board. In addition to DV and tolerance programs, the council discussed energy efficiency in school buildings, and the high cost of activities. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka High’s student body is hoping to create a better environment in the school, and they’ve taken their plans to the school board, with a pair of proposals that would confront sexual violence and discrimination head-on.

Grammy-winning violinist joins Sitka Jazz Fest

Mads Tolling is one of several musicians set to perform alongside student groups at Sitka Jazz Fest this weekend. (Photo courtesy of the artist)Violinist Mads Tolling is in town for the Sitka Jazz Fest, which runs February 5 - 7th and features concerts with guest musicians and local jazz groups alike. Tolling grew up in Denmark and discovered jazz as a teenager. His rose to prominence with the adventurous Turtle Island String Quartet, which won two Grammy awards for Best Classical Crossover Album. Tolling will be performing Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm at the Performing Arts Center. Downloadable audio.