Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Begich talks climate change, veterans in Sitka

Alaska Senator Mark Begich, with his wife Deborah Bonito, visited Sitka on June 26, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

Senator Mark Begich is criss-crossing the state during Congress’s 4th of July recess. He arrived in Sitka last week having just escaped the swampy weather in Washington D.C. But a big part of his job right now is getting Alaskans to send him back into the heated politics of the capital. more

Assembly debates how to pay for roads

Sitka has to figure out how to pay for its roads – and soon. That was the message delivered to the Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night. Assembly members discussed a wide range of potential strategies, all aimed at keeping the city from going back to gravel. more

No SE tsunami danger from Aleutians quake

A map from the National Tsunami Warning Center shows the location of Monday's 8.0 magnitude earthquake in the Western Aleutians, indicated by the house. (Map courtesy of NTWC)

A large earthquake in the Aleutians today posed no tsunami danger to Southeast Alaska, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center. The magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck the Aleutians just before 1 p.m. more

Backdoor Cafe changes hands

"This is people’s office, home away from home, living room, den, social place," says Jeff Budd, of the Backdoor Cafe. "It is part of the social fabric here." (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

This week marked the changing of the guard at a downtown Sitka institution. After eighteen years, the Backdoor Café is in new hands. And the owners say the new Backdoor will be the same as the old Backdoor — only better. more

School Board approves new K-8 math programs

The change was prompted by Alaska’s switch to new Common Core standards, which call for introducing concepts anywhere from one to two years ahead of when they are taught now. more

No size limits for Silver Bay kings in June, July

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game is eliminating size limits for king salmon caught by sport fishermen in Sitka’s Silver Bay, so anglers can target more of the fish returning to Medvejie Hatchery. more

Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Sitka evacuated a 23-year-old man from a cruise ship near Glacier Bay on Thursday. The man, a crewmember on the ship, had come down with symptoms that looked like appendicitis. more

Catalytic converters

The Catalyst Quartet plays their arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations at Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall. From left: Jessie Montgomery, Karla Donehew-Perez, Karlos Rodriguez, and Paul Laraia. (Rachel Waldholz / KCAW)

Thursday’s “Bach’s Lunch” from the Sitka Summer Music Festival featured the Catalyst Quartet, which has collaborated to arrange Bach’s Goldberg Variations for string quartet. In the process, said festival artistic director Zuill Bailey, they’ve transformed the classic into “truly new music.” more

Meet Sitka PD’s new second-in-command

Sitka's newest police lieutenant, Jeff Ankerfelt, is sworn in. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Police Department)

Lieutenant Jeff Ankerfelt started work on June 2. He comes to Sitka from Minnesota, where he served in the Brooklyn Park Police Department for 23 years. But, he says, Sitka already feels like home. more

Bear killed after reaching into kitchen window

The young male brown bear shot by Wildlife Troopers on June 11, 2014 had been collared just a few weeks earlier. Here it recovers after being tranquilized and collared in Starrigavan Bay. (ADF&G photo/Phil Mooney)

Wildlife troopers shot and killed a bear Tuesday afternoon, after it tried to reach through the window of a trailer home. more