Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Assembly considers vehicle tax to fund roads

Sitka’s car owners may soon see a fee increase. The assembly voted 5 to 1 Tuesday night to raise vehicle registration fees. Money raised through the tax would go towards the city’s roads.

Work on HPR to stretch into September

Work on Sitka’s Halibut Point Road will extend into the fall, several weeks longer than originally planned, after contractors ran into some unexpected obstacles buried within the road bed.

Girl Scouts’ “Wash Away Hunger” event Saturday

Allison Winger and Ariana Strickland from Girl Scout Troop 4140 talk about their upcoming "Wash Away Hunger" fundraiser. The scouts will be holding a car wash at the Fire Hall on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

More fish for the taking at Redoubt

Sitka resident and ADF&G biologist Patrick Fowler dipnetting for sockeye at Redoubt in early July, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rebecca LaGuire)As of July 16, subsistence fishermen trekking out to Redoubt Bay can catch up to 25 sockeye salmon at a time, up from a 10-fish limit earlier this summer. Sport fishermen will see possession limits rise to six sockeye, from four.

Native Jazz Quartet

Ed Littlefield and Reuel Lubag of the Native Jazz Quartet talk about their philosophy and work with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. This year, students are creating jazz arrangements of a traditional Tlingit lullaby, one that Littlefield learned from local elder Charlie Joseph in the 1980s.

Workshop: How dementia affects eyesight

Erin Matthes and Zachary Desmond of Brave Heart Volunteers and Pam Steffes of the SEARHC eye clinic discuss how eyesight and dementia interact. Brave Heart is holding a workshop on eyesight and dementia this Wednesday, July 16, from 12-1pm.

Heartbreaker!

Sitka residents and visitors packed the Bayview Pub on Tuesday to watch the U.S. take on Belgium in the World Cup Round of 16 (KCAW photo / Rachel Waldholz)Sitka residents and visitors alike packed the Bayview Pub on Tuesday to watch the U.S. take on Belgium for a berth in the World Cup quarterfinals. The U.S. lost in a heartbreaker: three goals were scored in extra time, and two of them were Belgian. But as they fought it out in Salvador, Brazil, the U.S. team had the undivided attention of fans 7,000 miles away.

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.

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.

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.