Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Feldpausch says she’s not afraid to say “no”

Lillian Feldpausch says Sitka must learn to live within its means. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Feldpausch is one of five candidates running for two open seats on the Sitka Assembly. And she says that if she’s elected, she’ll try to ensure that Sitka lives within its means.

Eisenbeisz says Sitkans’ voices must be heard

"I believe every idea deserves its time in the spotlight," says Steven Eisenbeisz. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Steven Eisenbeisz ran for Sitka Assembly last year as a write-in candidate, and he came within 54 votes of a seat at the table. This year, he’s one of five candidates for two open seats. And he says, if elected, Sitkans can count on him to make sure their voices are heard.

Guevin says Sitka must think long-term

Tristan Guevin says Sitka needs to ask itself, "How do we want our city to be in ten years, twenty years, and, you know, what’s the road map to get us there?" (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Tristan Guevin isn’t afraid of the word “technocrat” -- in fact, he embraces it. Guevin is one of five candidates running for two open seats on the Sitka Assembly. And he says, if elected, he’d push the city to plan ahead, and think long-term.

Candidate Forum: Mon, Sept. 29 @ 6:30 p.m.

The candidates for Sitka Assembly are (clockwise from top left) Thor Christianson, Lillian Feldpausch, Tristan Guevin, Steven Eiseinbeisz, and Aaron Wamsley.The candidates for Sitka Assembly will join us in the studio to discuss the issues and take your questions! You can email your questions to news@kcaw.org, submit them via Facebook, or call in during the show!

Assembly approves sales tax holiday, denies B&B permit

Sitka will be sales tax-free on November 28 and 29, the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. The assembly also waded into a pair of disputes among neighbors -- and said farewell to one of its own.

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.

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