Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Raising the bar

Alan Maloney competes in the sheaf toss at Sitka Seafood Festival's 2014 Highland Games, sending his bale over the 15 foot bar. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Alan Maloney competes in the men's open sheaf toss at the Sitka Seafood Festival's 2014 Highland Games. The bale, which weighs 16 pounds, easily cleared the 15-foot bar on this toss.

Kettleson bids $1M higher than expected

The bids are in for Sitka’s Kettleson Memorial Library expansion -- and contractors are estimating that the project, as currently envisioned, would cost about $1-million more than the city had expected. At a special assembly meeting Thursday, city staff proposed cuts to the project.

GCI completes purchase of 3 Southeast TV stations

GCI has completed its purchase of three television stations in Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan. The deal means the telecom giant now owns almost every commercial TV station in Southeast Alaska.

Injury prevention month: saving your sight

Patrick Williams and Elizabeth Sutton of Sitka Community Hospital discuss best practices and prevention -- and what to do in case of an eye injury.

How many people can the planet hold?

Alan Weisman is one of the faculty at this year's Sitka Symposium. (Photo courtesy of the Island Institute)What would the world look like if every human on the planet suddenly vanished? Alan Weisman set out to answer that question, traveling the globe to find out what would happen if nature were suddenly left to its own devices.

BLM denies SJ Redoubt claim

Sealaska has moved one step closer to owning the land surrounding Sitka’s Reboubt Falls. A ruling this month dismissed a claim to the same land filed by the Sheldon Jackson College trustees. If it stands, the ruling will remove a major obstacle from the decades-long effort to gain Native ownership of the site, home to the area’s largest subsistence sockeye fishery.

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.