Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Teachers, technology in spotlight as board closes $1.5-million budget gap

The Sitka School district appears headed for some budget cuts next year. This was the message Monday night (2-24-14) at a public hearing held at Pacific High School. The board has offered no specific cuts, yet. The hearing was one of several planned to help them take the public’s temperature on district programs in the arts and technology. more

Tue Feb 25, 2014

Sitka Assembly to vote on tightening the community’s smoking law. Audio postcard: Orthodox Diocese installs new bishop in St. Michael’s Cathedral. NPS biologist Tania Lewis makes breakthroughs in the study of Glacier Bay’s bears. Sen. Bert Stedman’s resolution seeking the transfer of Tongass timber lands to the state generates controversy. more

Herring Festival coming!

Jessica Gill, with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and Jeff Budd, with the Greater Sitka Arts Council, outline plans for Sitka’s first-ever Herring Festival, March 23 – April 25. more

LISTEN: Town Hall Meeting on Sitka’s finances

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Are you concerned about Sitka’s finances? Maybe you have some ideas to help the town work better? Listen here to the February 27 TOWN HALL meeting, where city administrator Mark Gorman, a panel of Sitka’s previous administrators, and a live audience debated Sitka’s future challenges. more

Glacier Bay’s bears a remnant of the Ice Age

Where glacial ice has most recently retreated, Glacier Bay's bears rely on the intertidal area for food. (Tania Lewis photo)

Brown bears are one of the most intensively-studied species in Southeast Alaska. Much of the focus is on population management for hunting. But one scientist studies bears for their sake and not ours. Tania Lewis is the terrestrial wildlife biologist at Glacier Bay National Park. She’s made some breakthroughs in both behavior and genetics, and she can’t help but sing about it. more

Trend, or trendy? Examining technology’s role in education

The Sitka School District envisions tablets for students in the elementary grades, and laptops for older students. (Flickr photo/Devon Christopher Adams}

The Sitka School Board remains committed to putting a mobile computing device in the hands of every student in the near future. The board held a presentation on the Alaska 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative Tuesday night (2-18-14). The presentation evolved into a free-wheeling discussion of the role of technology in all our lives, and whether it contributes to real learning, or creates shortcuts that may ultimately weaken education. more

Harry Chartier, 1948-2014

Harry_Chartier_100How do you sum up the life of a good man? So many memories and qualities compacted into a few words. Harold Allen Chartier (Harry) was a man who lived a life of integrity and inspired others through his kindness, humility, and humor. Harry gave “a tip of the country hat” and joined up with the Ghost Riders in the Sky on Monday, February 3, 2014. more

UPDATE: Sitka power outage

Sunday, February 16, 2014
9:00 AM
Linemen cleared the toppled tree from the Green Lake transmission line, and had all of Sitka re-powered sometime after 10 PM last night.

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Robidou trial set for May, pending appeal

A new trial date has been set for Joe Robidou, the former principal of Blatchley Middle School in Sitka accused of sexually assaulting three teachers. Sitka Superior Court judge David George on Thursday (2-13-14) set Robidou’s trial date for the week of May 12, 2014. Robidou was scheduled to go on trial the second week of February, but the case was delayed when his attorney appealed a procedural motion to the State Court of Appeals. more

Wegner named to lead Sitka’s schools

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Mary Wegner will be the next superintendent of Sitka Schools. Wegner has been the assistant superintendent in Sitka since 2010. The Sitka School Board named Wegner to the post after a two-and-a-half hour closed-door meeting Thursday afternoon (2-13-14). more