Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz

Christianson says experience is crucial

Thor Christianson has served nine years on the Sitka Assembly, starting in 1998. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Thor Christianson has already spent nine years on the Sitka Assembly, last serving in 2013 -- and now, he’s back for more. Christianson is one of five candidates running for Sitka Assembly. If elected, he says he’ll bring experience, a centrist perspective, and a focus on education.

Dancing for two decades

The Naa Kahidi dancers celebrated their 20th anniversary on Saturday (photo by Anne Brice)The Naa Kahidi Dancers performed at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi on Saturday to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary. The Naa Kahidi Dancers were founded in 1994 by Chuck Miller, who began dancing when he was three years old, in the Sitka Native Education Program. "When I dance, when I put on my regalia, it feels like my ancestors are running through my veins," he said.

Youth climate lawsuit dismissed

Katherine Dolma answers a question following a Supreme Court LIVE hearing at Barrow High School. Dolma and Nelson Kanuk, seated, are two of the six young plaintiffs in the case. (Photo by Jeff Seifert/ KBRW)The lawsuit was brought by six young Alaskans, demanding the state take action on climate change. In dismissing the case, the Court said that climate policy isn’t an issue for the judiciary can decide. But for the young plaintiffs and the nonprofit supporting them, the ruling included some silver linings.

Wamsley wants an economy “made in Sitka”

Aaron Wamsley is running for a seat on the Sitka Assembly. If he wins, he says, the economy would be his top priority. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW News)Aaron Wamsley is one of five candidates for Sitka Assembly. Wamsley is a residential advisor at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, which draws students from across the state. And he says that his students’ dedication to their hometowns inspired him to run for office in his.

“It’s all in a day’s work.”

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Assembly awards grants to Sitka nonprofits

Seventeen local organizations submitted requests to the assembly amounting to more than $164,000. The city has budgeted $90,000 for nonprofit grants this year.

Assembly postpones vote on vehicle tax

The Sitka Assembly postponed a vote on a controversial vehicle tax Tuesday night. The increase in the motor vehicle registration fee would fund road maintenance. But assembly members decided to look into other options, first.

On the issues: Begich vs. Sullivan in Sitka

U.S. Senator Mark Begich and his challenger, Republican Dan Sullivan, each spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce last week. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW News)Sitka got back-to-back visits from the two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate last week. Senator Mark Begich and his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, offered very different takes on everything from health care to Iraq to climate change.

Sullivan calls for more assertive foreign policy

Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan spoke at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on a campaign swing through town on September 5, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Dan Sullivan spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this morning. Sullivan decried the "avalanche" of federal regulations, discussed when he might support "boots on the ground" in Iraq -- and said it’s his goal to win Southeast in November.

In Sitka, Begich talks campaign, climate change, unity ticket

U.S. Senator Mark Begich speaks to Sitka resident Dirk White at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)U.S. Senator Mark Begich spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. In an interview afterward, Begich discussed his campaign, climate change, and the new unity ticket shaking up the governor’s race.