Author Archives: Brody Armstrong, KCAW

Postcard: SeafoodFest about more than fish

The Caber Toss may have a picturesque name, but the event is still mostly about picking up something heavy and throwing it. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Despite its name, Sitka’s 6th Annual Seafood Festival was not all about fish. The third-and-final day of the festival was held outdoors on the Sheldon Jackson Fine Arts Campus, and featured tote races, fish head bobbing, sumo wrestling, and yes -- Highland Games. But for many, it was simply a nice way to spend an afternoon in the sun.

Damaged hull forces ferry Aurora out of service

The ferry Aurora docks in Gustavus in 2010. It's now in Ketchikan for hull repairs and its annual overhaul. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation)The ferry Aurora is in the shipyard a week earlier than scheduled after a crack was found in its hull.

Two Sitkans earn prison time for drug, theft convictions

37-year-old Pierre Pagtakhan was sentenced last week in Sitka Superior Court to 5 years, with 2 suspended, for attempted trafficking in meth. In an unrelated matter, 57-year-old James R. Land will serve 2 years for theft.

Unified voice needed for federal response to B.C. mines

8-6-15 meeting signLt. Gov. Byron Mallott says the state will share its knowledge and ask for input on Canadian mines near rivers that flow into Alaska.

Slideshow: Kilts, sun, and fishy fun at Sitka’s Seafood Festival

Esther Burdick comes up empty in the Bobbing-for-Fish Heads event. She would eventually land her humpy. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey).What has sunshine, music, tartan plaid, and a lot of guys and gals tossing heavy objects about? Sitka's 6th Annual Seafood Festival.

Robinson moves from write-in to ballot

JenIt’s now a five-way race for Sitka School Board. Two seats are open in this October's municipal election. Incumbent Jennifer Robinson faces challenges from three newcomers.

As campaigns heat up, Sitka teen spreads ‘Bernie fever’

Leo Solovyov (r) infects his peers -- and even some adults -- with Bernie fever at his first political event. (KCAW photo/Brody Armstrong)With 15 months to go until the 2016 presidential election, campaigns are revving up. And a young Sitkan is fired up about one of the oldest candidates in the race.

Salmon lovers unite!

An Instagram image from the Salmon Project's #babysalmonlivehere campaign.A non-profit is hoping to steer Alaskans toward more unity in their relationship to fish. The Salmon Project wants us to look past conflict toward common ground.

Nine candidates to vie for Sitka assembly, school board

Sitkans vote in the August 19, 2014 Primary Election (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)More candidates have filed for Sitka's municipal election. Voters will choose from nine candidates to fill two seats on the assembly and two on the school board.

Open Water Challenge offers swimming with sea lions

img_2367-cropThe 8th annual "Change Your Latitude" 57˚ North Open Water Challenge is this Sunday, August 8, 2015. Race Director Kevin Knox is busily preparing for the challenge, which includes a 1k, 3k, 6k, and 10k race that begin at the Coast Guard Gazebo. Skylar Moore, Ava Parrish, and Will Pate are three high school students who are participating in the 3K race, which was just opened to swimmers over 14 years of age. Downloadable audio.