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Nomination close Friday for BP Teachers of Excellence

Tara Stevens, Associate Director for Government & Public Affairs with BP, discusses the company's teacher recognition program, BP Teachers of Excellence. Nominations are open through Friday, Januar 30. Nomination forms can be found online here. There have been two recent Sitka winners, Christy Anderson (2014) and Michael Mahoney (2012), both from Mt. Edgecumbe High School. Stevens is hoping to see more nominations from Sitka this year. Thirty-three teachers will be recognized in the 20th anniversary year of the program. Downloadable audio.

‘DUCKumentary’ kicks off park’s environmental film series

Sitka National Historical Park ranger Ryan Carpenter, the Sitka Conservation Society's Mary Wood, and the Sitka Sound Science Center's Ashley Bolwerk are collaborating on a winter film series at the park. The first screening, DUCKumentary, is tonight (7 PM Wed Jan 28 and 2 PM Sat Jan 31, SNHP theater, free admission). Carpenter says Sitka's waterfowl are some of the most beautiful anywhere, and they live fascinating lives. Downloadable audio.

Mt. Edgecumbe DDF poised for state tourney

The state Drama, Debate, and Forensics tournament is set for Feb 19 - 21 in Anchorage. This year Mt. Edgecumbe will be taking 12 competitors -- their largest team in many years. With coach Marcia Drake and team members Aana Rangitsch (jr - Palmer) and Jinglin Yang (jr - China). Downloadable audio.

Yay Zombies! Undead offer insight into global pandemics

A zombie nurse at the 2014 Paris Zombie Walk. (Flickr photo/Vincent Anderlucci)Utah State University professor Jim Powell uses zombies to illustrate the concepts of mathematical epidemiology and the spread of global pandemics. He'll speak tonight (7:30 PM Thu Jan 22, room 229) at the Sitka campus of the University of Alaska Southeast. Downloadable audio.

Chamber winners to be secret until Jan 31 Awards Gala

Jen Robinson, executive director of the Sitka Chamber of Commerce, describes her plans for the Chamber's Gala Awards Dinner on January 31. Unlike past years, this year's winner of the prestigious Cossack Cap will remain secret until the award is announced during the event. For more information visit the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce online. Downloadable audio.

Sitka High DDF wins at regional meet in Juneau

Sitka High senior Owen Fulton took first place in speaker points at last weekend's regional Drama, Debate, and Forensics meet in Juneau. He an his partner Annemarie Pike were the top debate team. The Sitka High DDF team will hold a Showcase on Friday, February 13 in the Sitka Performing Arts Center, before heading to the State Tournament the following weekend. Downloadable audio.

City to gather opinion at Marijuana Town Hall

Municipal attorney Robin Koutchak and Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt discuss their plans to hold a Marijuana Town Hall meeting, on Monday, January 19 at 6:30 PM. Voters approved the legalization of marijuana in November; the law takes effect on February 24, and municipalities may set up local ordinances to regulate recreational consumption. Downloadable audio.

GPIP board to review, finalize land proposals

Garry White, executive director of the Gary Paxton Industrial Park, says that his board will give further consideration to a pair of competing proposals for land lease/purchase at the park, in a public meeting tonight at 6 PM in Harrigan Centennial Hall. Downloadable audio.

Alaska Bar offers free advice on MLK Day

Christine Pate describes a joint effort by the Alaska Bar Association and other agencies to offer free legal services in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 19. Downloadable audio.

Wearable artists wanted!

Jeff Budd, with the Greater Sitka Arts Council, says now is the time to get started if you're interested in participating in the Wearable Art Show during this year's ArtiGras Festival. Downloadable audio.