The Morning Interview
Utility director Chris Brewton and Blue Lake expansion project manager Dean Orbison discuss the status of Sitka's current generation outage, as a penstock is installed at the new Blue Lake powerhouse. While Blue Lake hydro is down, the city is running on Green Lake hydro, plus a new Solar Titan diesel turbine -- one of the first permanent installations of this unit in Alaska.
Martina Kurzer, with Sitkans Against Family Violence, outlines plans for SAFV's Community Training, Saturdays 9 AM - 4 PM and Mondays 6 PM - 9 PM, September 6 - 26, Unitarian Fellowship Hall. Find a schedule here.
Author and former hospice nurse Cathy Cuenin has personal experience living with cancer and transplant. She's developed a tool for helping people manage overwhelming situations. She's giving a workshop today (8-27-14) at Brave Heart Volunteers (Noon, Pioneer Home Manager's House, lunch provided. Suggested donation $45, scholarships available).
Solomon Endlich recently received his PhD in Physics from Columbia. He'd like to apply the "cathedral of mathematics" built for high-energy particle physics to planetary dynamics. He's currently a post-doctoral researcher in Switzerland, in residence this summer as a Sitka Fellow. Endlich and five other Fellows will present their work in an open studio, 7 PM Thu Aug 28 in the Yaw Art Building on the SJ Campus.
Dr. Nancy Huntly is a terrestrial ecologist from the Utah State University in Logan, but she's no stranger to Alaska. She's spent considerable time researching mammal and plant communities on the Aleutian islands, and their relationship to human culture. Huntly is a Science in Residency Fellow at the Sitka Sound Science Center. She'll be speaking at UAS on Sep 3.
Singer/songwriter Ben Seretan coordinates the Island Institute's Sitka Fellows Program, which provides studio space, meals, and time for artists/scholars under 30. He was a Fellow himself last year, and he'll release a dual LP album (and cassette tape) of his Sitka-influenced work this October 28. The Sitka Fellows Open Studio will be held 7 PM Thu Aug 28 in the Yaw Art Building.
Sitka Fellow Rachel Baxter discusses her work as a multimedia artist and printmaker. Baxter will host a free experimental drawing workshop on Wednesday, August 20th, at 7:30p.m. The workshop will focus on fumage, the act of drawing with smoke.
2012 Sitka High grad George Jones is pursuing the study of trombone at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He'll perform a recital 7 PM this Thursday, August 21, at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. He started playing the trombone in Blatchley Middle School, because his brother was playing the instrument too.
Patrick Williams, injury prevention coordinator at Sitka Community Hospital, and Makai Saline discuss the importance of forming early exercise habits as part of "Live Fit" month this August. Saline swims and runs, both competitively and for fun. Only 11 years old, Saline won the under-18 division in the 1K Change Your Latitude Open Water Swim two weeks ago.
Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital administrator Noel Rea discusses SEARHC's decision to drop facility fees, and to make healthcare services available to all in the community -- even without a referral. The hospital now offers tele-radiology on nights and weekends, a new mammography machine, and other services intended to keep SEARHC viable into the future. Rea also says that, contrary to urban myth, there is no danger of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital closing.