Author Archives: Tom Banse, Northwest News Network

Boiler room fire delays Alaska-bound cruise ship

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An Alaska-bound cruise ship had to return to Seattle late Saturday after a small fire broke out on board. more

Farmers’ market season opens in Sitka

The ANB Hall was packed with shoppers during the first 2014 farmers' market. Photo by Greta Mart.

The Sitka Farmers’ Market is back. Now in its seventh year, the summer market is held every other Saturday morning – rain or shine – until the beginning of September. 400 or so shoppers walked through the entrance to the Alaska … more

World Cup 2014: Sitkans wake up to soccer

The World Cup is held every four years. This is action from 2010. (Flickr photo/Damien Sachs-Dromsen)

Every four years most of the world grinds to a halt to watch the World Cup of Men’s Football — and the game finally may have caught on in Sitka. Local watering holes opened for breakfast last Thursday (6-26-14), and tuned their flat-panel televisions to soccer, as the US met Germany for a pivotal game that would send the winner into the final stage of the tournament. more

Sitka’s health: #2 and looking to improve

After eight months of suspense, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the six winners of the foundation’s nationwide Culture of Health prize. Sitka — unfortunately — didn’t make the list, but healthcare educators say that just being recognized as … more

Post-Graduate Fellowship in Community Journalism

Emily Forman delivers the evening news. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

The application period is now open for KCAW’s Post-Graduate Fellowship in Community Journalism. This 30-week program is an opportunity for a recent Journalism school graduate or established print reporter to build a portfolio in broadcasting. The application deadline is Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The Fellowship starts in mid-September. more

Raven Radio Celebrates the 4th of July with free Root Beer Floats!

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Raven Radio invites you to enjoy free root beer floats, lawn games and live music at the Cable House after the parade on Friday, July 4th. We’re ready to serve more than 500 root beer floats… so come and get yours!Thanks to Harry Race Soda Shop, Baranof Island Brewing Company, Sitka Sound Seafoods and Northern Sales! more

Join me as a member of Raven Radio!

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Thank you! Our spring drive was a success but with fewer new members than usual. That’s OK! You can invest in your community station right now with a contribution of any size! Join the family of friends, neighbors and puppies that keep Raven Radio flying strong! more

‘Lefty’ O’Neal: Crossing the color line in the Negro Leagues

Dick "Lefty" O'Neal during a recent visit to Sitka. He never thought he'd write about his experiences in the Negro Leagues, but teammates urged him to do so. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

A little bit of baseball history visited Southeast Alaska this summer. Dick “Lefty” O’Neal is the only person to have crossed baseball’s color line — in the opposite direction. O’Neal is white, but he made his mark in baseball pitching in two of the country’s semi-pro Negro Leagues.He stopped by KCAW during a cruise ship call in Sitka recently, and spoke with Robert Woolsey on the front porch of the Cable House. more

Cypress String Quartet

One of the founding members of the Cypress String Quartet, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel, and Sitka Summer Music Festival director Zuill Bailey visit the KCAW studio to talk about
Schubert and the quartet’s upcoming performance. … more

I contributed, will you?

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Thank you! Our spring drive was a success but with fewer new members than usual. That’s OK! You can invest in your community station right now with a contribution of any size! Join the family of friends, neighbors and puppies that keep Raven Radio flying strong! more