Author Archives: Emily Kwong, KCAW

Assembly supports community-wide landslide mapping

The South Kramer landslide tore through the Benchlands subdivision, claiming the lives of three men and destroying property. (Credit: US Coast Guard)At their meeting last night, the Sitka Assembly broadened the city’s commitment to landslide risk assessment.

Girls rock camp coming to Sitka

download (1)Monica Lettner is the Executive Director of Girls Rock Camp Alaska. Lettner is bringing the camp to Sitka this summer from August 8th - 12th. Registration is now open. Downloadable audio.

What’s happening at tonight’s Assembly meeting?

4434354492_8e440d4999_oA lot. After a three week hiatus, the Sitka Assembly has a hefty agenda that touches upon everything from marijuana business and distracted driving, to landslide risk and budgeting.

Historical tensions surface in land use meeting

IMG_4420The Planning Commission is revising the land use section of Sitka’s Comprehensive Plan. They’re inviting the public to weigh in. But at Tuesday night’s (4-5-16) meeting, it was the past - not the future - that took center stage.

Sitka’s ‘Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me’ ready for stage

downloadJeff Budd and Tom Hesse preview Sitka's version of "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!," which will be presented Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. Downloadable audio.

THANK YOU! And it’s not too late!


A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped make Raven Radio’s Spring Drive such a success! We’ve made our goal of $82,000 for the Spring, but we are about 50 pledges short of last year’s drive. It’s so crucial … more

Assembly receptive to Sitka school budget plan

160407_SchoolBoard_Assembly_woolseyThe Sitka School Board and the assembly are not far apart on how much support the city will provide the district next year. But what if some of the school district’s worst budget fears come to pass?

UPDATE: Missing kayaker presumed dead

Jesse Mills was reported missing by his wife Amy Fyrdundel this morning (04-07-16).The Coast Guard suspended the search for 41-year-old Jesse Mills of Sitka this afternoon (Friday 4-8-16).

Don Young talks cheap power, development

IMG_4898U.S. Representative Don Young made a stop in Sitka on Wednesday (4-6-16) to speak at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The 22-term congressman, known for being a loose cannon, railed against business regulations and the media, but rallied for affordable energy.

Parents advocate for after-school Ventures program

In addition to running before-and-after school programs, Ventures also provides summer activities. Over the past 10 years, the district's operating budget has subsidized Ventures at just over $15,000.Sitka families spoke out against closing Ventures, at the regular meeting of the school board this week (Tue 4-5-16). And an elementary school Science teacher is headed to Washington DC on a year-long fellowship.