The Morning Interview

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Celebrating American innovation at parade

downloadKealoha Harmon, the Community Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, was joined by Suzan Hess, the Board President of the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce, to review plans for this year's 4th of July parade. The deadline for marchers to register is Thursday, July 2. Downloadable audio.

Imagine the Fantastic Four, with strings!

i21a6963Kurt Baldwin and Julia Sakharova, two members of Arianna String Quartet, talk about their upcoming performances with the Sitka Summer Music Festival. The quartet will perform today (6-25-15) at 12:30 and tomorrow (6-26-15) at 7:30 at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Downloadable audio.

Planning marijuana’s future in Sitka

Recreational use of marijuana is already legal in Alaska. Commercial activity will become legal next May.  (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)Scott Brylinsky, a planner with the City of Sitka, says now is the time for the community to begin a conversation about the commercialization of marijuana, primarily in four areas: Growing, Testing, Processing, and Retail Distribution. What will commercialization look like in Sitka? Eleven months from now, the state will issue the first commercial marijuana licenses. Downloadable audio.

Survey asks, “Are you satisfied with the quality of life in Sitka?”

18487_970809246276466_83674780593795183_nMelissa Marconi-Wentzel, the Director with the Sitka Health Summit, invites the citizens of Sitka to participate in a quality of life survey by the end of July. This is the first comprehensive health survey of it's kind in the island city of 9000 year-round residents. The survey is available online through Survey Monkey at this link. Downloadable audio.

Walking in the footsteps of Russian history

RBH_Exterior2_1Becky Latanich, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Sitka National Historical Park, talks about their new 1-hour tour of Russian-American history through downtown Sitka. Downloadable audio.

Sitka library catalog added to statewide consortium

Librarian Brooke Schafer (rear) and volunteer Don Muller will now be handling library materials from across the state. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Robb Farmer, director of Sitka's Kettleson Memorial Library, explains how the Alaska Joint Library Consortium has created a statewide, virtual library for users across the state. Downloadable audio.

Nikkanen, Rawls share ‘journey’ with Goldberg Variations

Nikkanen_RawlsViolinist Kurt Nikkanen and violist Scott Rawls will join Sitka Summer Music Festival Artistic Director Zuill Bailey this afternoon to perform Bach's Goldberg Variations as a string trio (12:30 PM Thu Jun 18, Harrigan Centennial Hall, free). Despite the contemplative nature of the piece, the pair describe it as a 'journey' in performance. Visit the Sitka Summer Music Festival online for a complete concert schedule and ticket information. Downloadable audio.

‘A melodrama!’ she sighed

This is the third year of Sitka's original melodrama, which captures the spirit of the 1867 Transfer of Alaska.Jeff Budd, Marcy Drake, and Megan Pasternak set the stage for this summer's presentation of Paris of the Pacific, an original Sitka melodrama. Performances are Thu Jun 24 and Mon Jun 29, 7 PM at the Sheetka Kwan Naa Kahidi, advance tickets on sale at Old Harbor Books. Downloadable audio.

New Old Time Chautauqua returns to SE

chautauquapostertitleChautauqua is a 19th century tradition that blends performance, education, and community-building in one package. Paul Magid founded the New Old Time Chautauqua in 1981. It last toured SE Alaska 23 years ago. His 55-member troupe will be in Sitka on July 12 & 13. Downloadable audio.

State seeks bidders to care for Sitka’s parks

Sunset from Halibut Point State Recreation Area in Sitka. This park -- like others in Sitka -- will transfer into private management on July 1.Mike Eberhardt, the Southeast Area Parks Superintendent, talks about the plan by the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation to seek new managers for Sitka's state parks. The state will end management of all seven of Sitka's state parks on July 1, 2015. The link to the RFP is available here. Downloadable audio.