Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

No primary challengers for Sitka house seat

Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson will face off in November for the District 35 House seat. Kreiss-Tomkins would be returning for a second term, while Samuelson is hoping his third try at a house seat is successful.

Paddling to the party

Three canoes left Kake this morning, starting a week-long trip to Juneau for Celebration 2014. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Jackson)Three canoes left Kake this morning; a week from now, they'll land in Juneau ten canoes strong. The week-long trek to Celebration 2014 is organized by the One People Canoe Society. Paddlers from Kake, Ketchikan and Wrangell will be joined by canoes from Sitka, Angoon, Hoonah, Yakutat and Haines. So what prompts people to pick up a paddle? It's about "getting back to their roots," says Alicia Chilton, who is skippering the Wrangell canoe. "Or maybe finding them."

Sitka man sentenced to 12 years for drug offense

A Sitka man has been sentenced to more than twelve years in prison after being convicted of two counts of possessing a weapon, one count of possessing heroin with the intent to sell it and one count of possessing methamphetamine.