The Morning Interview

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Santa gig ‘a calling’ for Sitka’s librarian

Robb Farmer, as Santa, listens to a Christmas wish from his wife, Kathy.Sitka library director Robb Farmer leads a double-life: By day a librarian, by night a trained Santa Claus. Farmer discusses his decision to attend Santa School, and his life over the last year assisting the real Santa Claus with his public appearances. Farmer is a 2005 graduate of the Charles W. Howard Santa School. Downloadable audio.

Violinist headlines Sitka JazzFest! Feb 5 – 7

Jazz violinist Mads Toling is among the headliners at the 2015 Sitka JazzFest!Sitka JazzFest! director Mike Kernin says this year's festival will feature Grammy-winning violinist Mads Toling, among its headliners. Also trumpeter Kenny Washington, vocalist Kenny Washington, and the Dewayne Pate trio. For a complete rundown of artists and performances, visit Sitka JazzFest! Downloadable audio.

Lyons: First winner of Di-Pech Fisheries Tech Scholarship

Alexandra Lyons is the first winner of the Di-Pech Fisheries Tech Scholarship, awarded jointly by the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc. (DIPAC).

Spackman: Exhibit on hunting and conservation debuts with firearm raffle

Hal Spackman, the Executive Director of the Sitka Historical Society, talks about the connection between hunting and conservation.

Lady Braves sweep first regional girls’ Wrestling tourney

MEHS Wrestling coach Mike Kimber has been a steady advocate for sanctioned girls Wrestling in Alaska. Last weekend, his Lady Braves captured 7 of 8 weight classes at the Region V tournament in Wrangell. With Evelyn Evans (jr - Anchorage), Caitlin Konahok (jr - Gambell), Kanesha Lie (jr - Kotzebue), and Sydnee Kimber (fr - Sitka).

Considering health insurance? Presentations offered this week

Andrea Thomas is the Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator for the Affordable Care Act at SEARHC. Although enrollment is open until February 15, anyone who wants insurance in place by January 1 should enroll by this December 15. Two presentations are planned: Noon - 1 PM Thu Dec 11 at TKTKTKKT, and 11 AM - 1 PM Sat Dec 13 at UAS. For more information call Thomas at 966-8883 or visit healthcare.gov online.

Radio Theater takes the stage Saturday

Director Shannon Haugland and playwright John Longenbaugh discuss this weekend's live radio theater performance (7 PM Sat Dec 6, Sitka Performing Arts Center, $8/$6 Old Harbor Books). The performance will feature the US debut of Longenbaugh's "A New World Under," based on the Persephone myth. With actors Bethany Boyer-Rechlin and Emeterio Hernandez.

Honoring salmon through children’s literature

Debbie Miller is the author of A King Salmon Journey, and thirteen other children's books. She'll read from her latest work 2 PM Sunday, December 7, at Kettleson Library. Salmon swimming up the Yukon River make one of the longest migrations of any creature. Miller's science background helps her tell this story in real time. With KCAW's Melissa Marconi-Wentzel.

Nat’l Honor Society: More than a line on a resume

Sitka High seniors Kaya Duguay and Evan McArthur and faculty advisor Rob Parsons discuss the role of the National Honor Society in community service.

Bookbinding, storytelling meet for students in Story Lab

Jimmy Riordan is an interdisciplinary artist from Anchorage. He'll be in Sitka working with the Island Institute on Story Lab, a writing/bookbinding program for students 7-19 years old. For complete information about Story Lab, visit the Island Institute online.