Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Community Land Trust to close Sitka’s affordability gap?

Michael_Brown_250.jpgA Community Land Trust is another step closer to reality in Sitka. The Sitka Assembly Tuesday night (2-11-14) awarded $7,500 to the Sitka Community Development Corporation to support the non-profit’s creation of a trust. The funding will support the salary of the non-profit’s director, Mim McConnell, who is also Sitka’s mayor. On Wednesday, the Sitka Chamber of Commerce heard a pitch from a CLT consultant.

Michaels: Dance calling ‘is my calling’

Susan Michaels is the artist-in-residence at Keet Gooshi Heen elementary school. She's been teaching students traditional American country dancing. Her work culminates this Friday with a live barn dance for the students and general public (6:30 PM Fri Feb 14, Keet Gooshi Heen, no charge) with Sitka's contra band Fishing for Cats. Michaels hails from Los Angeles, where she's been calling dances for 30 years.

Wed Feb 12, 2014

Assembly authorizes spending $250,000 to create new solid waste plan. Decision on funding Community Ride is postponed until spring budget planning. ADF&G conducting subsistence surveys in Sitka. Legislators respond to governor's position on Ketchikan school funding lawsuit.

Banff Mt. World Tour combines joy, inspiration, pain

Holly Elliot, with the Banff Mt. Film Festival, and Cindy Edwards, with the Hames Center, talk about tonight's Banff Mt. Film Festival World Tour (7PM Tue Feb 11, Sitka Performing Arts Center, $15/$10 Old Harbor Books and the Hames Center). Elliot has been with the festival for 16 years -- it's most senior "road warrior." She says the films are selected from over three hundred submitted to the festival.

Artigras is coming!

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Jeff Budd, with the Greater Sitka Arts Council, discusses the Sitka Artigras Festival coming this March. For complete information, visit Sitka Artigras online.more

Tue Feb 11, 2014

Sealaska board chair Albert Kookesh vows to back Sitka Tribe in herring lawsuit. Assembly to discuss community land trusts in work session prior to tonight's regular meeting. Robidou trial delayed pending high court ruling. Crab fishermen hold off on Southeast opener until Wednesday due to bad weather.

Mon Feb 10, 2014

Legislature proposes bill to allow air ambulance membership programs. School board cuts superintendent finalists from three to two. Reifenstuhl to Chamber: Southeast's nonprofit hatcheries return investment seven-fold. House Fisheries Committee supports extension of seafood tax credits.

Robidou trial delayed pending high court appeal

The trial of a former Sitka junior high administrator has been postponed -- indefinitely. Former Blatchley Middle School principal Joe Robidou was scheduled to go on trial this week for six counts of sexual assault, but that now appears unlikely to happen any time soon.

Former student to serve 12 years for molesting a child on bus

A former Sitka High School student will spend twelve years in prison for molesting a six-year-old child on a school bus. Twenty-year old Alexander Evans received six-year sentences for each of two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Carmen Bradford: How I hung up on Count Basie

Carmen_Bradford_80Sitka Jazz Fest headliner Carmen Bradford has an unmatched musical pedigree, and a lot of nerve. As a 22-year-old, she once opened for the Count Basie Orchestra. Seeing the Count himself waiting in the wings, Bradford approached him and asked him for a job. When he called nine months later, she thought it was a prank and hung up on him!