Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

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

Assembly OKs float homes, honors baseball champs

The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday night to allow float homes in Sitka’s harbors. It was one of two pilot projects on the agenda aimed at increasing affordable housing. more

Assembly votes to raise pay for city workers

The Sitka Assembly gave final approval Tuesday night to an ordinance overhauling the pay-scale for non-union employees. The changes were prompted by a study that found some city salaries lagging well behind what is paid in other, similar communities. more

HPR detour in effect Tuesday

Drivers on Halibut Point Road should be prepared for detours Tuesday, because of road work. Starting at 8 a.m. Halibut Point Road will be closed to outbound traffic from the roundabout to Kashevaroff Street. Drivers will be routed along Lake Street to Edgecumbe Drive. The detour will be in effect until Wednesday morning. more