The Morning Interview

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‘Relay for Life’ supports cancer survivors, honors loss

Relay for Life event chair Ellen Ruhle (l.) with 2013 participant Sherie Mayo.Ellen Ruhle is a two-time cancer survivor and event chair for the 3rd Annual Relay for Life (8PM Fri June 19 - 4 PM Sat June 20, Lower Moller Field). Teams of up to 12 people keep a runner/walker on the track for the entire duration of the event, which honors cancer patients and caregivers. Participants can register online, or sign up at this spring's "Sitka Sue Walk" (8:30 AM Sat Apr 25, Rocky Gutierrez Airport). With American Cancer Society staff partners Tristan Walsh and Courtney Van Ord. Downloadable audio.

An old story, ‘Flattering Word’ plays on modern sensibilities

FlatteringWordSitka Community Theater presents The Flattering Word this weekend (7PM Fri Mar 27, Sat Mar 28, and 5 PM Sun Mar 29, Sitka Performing Arts Center, $10/8 Old Harbor Books or at the door). The one-act play was written in 1915, but touches humorously on modern themes of morality in the church and theater. With producer Shannon Haugland, actor Destony Rosas, and techie Monica Ague. Downloadable audio.

Sitka girls claim first-ever state Basketball title

The Lady Wolves celebrate their regional win in Ketchikan, before heading to state in Anchorage. (Ingfrid Olney-Miller photo)Sitka High Lady Wolves head coach Sondra Lundvick and players Sid Riggs (sr) and Zosha Krupa (soph) talk about their team's journey from the losers' bracket in the Regional tournament to winning the state 3A championship.

Students unite behind ‘Choose Respect’ this Thursday

From left: Mt. Edgecumbe High School senior Kayleen Teeluk, Sitka High School sophomore Mackenzie Whitson, and Mt. Edgecumbe juniors Mikaela Hunter and Reba Dundas led the 2014 Choose Respect march down Lincoln Street in Sitka. (KCAW Photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Youth Leadership Committee has gotten behind the "Choose Respect" March, which will happen in Sitka this Thursday (Noon, Thu Mar 26, Totem Square to Crescent Shelter). Committee members Justice Lysons, Reba Dundas, and Millie Nanoyk discuss SYLC's mission and growing involvement with "Choose Respect." With the SAFV Shelter's Julia Smith and Martina Kurzer. Downloadable audio.

‘Retrospective,’ auction/pizza party highlight Is. Institute’s weekend

carolyn-dorikIsland Institute director Peter Bradley welcomes Sitkans to tonight's annual Auction and Pizza Party (7 PM Fri Mar 20, Harrigan Centennial Hall, $15 at Old Harbor Books or online), featuring gourmet pizza and music by the Fulton Boys. Saturday evening, supporters of the Institute will gather to honor the three-decade contribution of Carolyn Servid and Dorik Mechau (6 PM Sat Mar 21, Dell Shirley Room, Allen Memorial, ticket information online). Downloadable audio.

‘Cardboard World’ invites families to eat, play

Knox says cardboard is one of children's top 5 play objects. Others include dirt, string, and paper tubes. (Flickr photo/margaret)Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool board president Dan Dunn and staff member Erika Knox describe the organization's "Cardboard World" fundraising event (5-7 PM Thu Mar 26, Harrigan Centennial Hall, $15/$5). A spaghetti dinner, dessert auction, and cardboard play are featured. Downloadable audio.

Health Summit ’15 reaches 6-month mark

This year's Sitka Health Summit initiatives are at the 6-month mark. "Celebrate Katlian Street: A Vibrant Community" is working on finalizing its action list. Committee chair Paulette Moreno and member Amelia Gage say the group will dine on sockeye pie at 6:30 PM Wed Mar 25 at the Sheetka Kwaan Naa Kaheedi and share ideas. Robb Farmer, with the Sitka Youth Resource Project, is looking for a student intern to help develop a website that will serve as clearinghouse for youth services. With Sitka Health Summit director Melissa Marconi-Wentzel. Downloadable audio.

Mt. Edgecumbe student gov’t: Prom and beyond

Mt. Edgecumbe student government representatives Tamija Woods (sr - Anchorage) and Gabriel Gradi (jr - Anchorage) explain that their duties involve much more than planning prom. With advisor Michael Mahoney and KCAW's Brian Hanson. Downloadable audio.

‘Sitka History Minute’ is the story of people

SitHistMin_logoEqual parts Cosmos and Prairie Home Companion, Hal Spackman's Sitka History Minute is a bright star in KCAW's local programming lineup. Want goat farming? SHM has it! Downloadable audio.

Kid Laser’s debut album an odyssey via ‘Grunge Lit’

Machines_and_Monsters_artKid Laser & the Dynamite Deal have just released their first album 'Machines and Monsters.' The Sitka-based band is a creative collaboration between Dan Olbrych (lead vocals, guitar), Cody Russell (lead guitar), Nate Monahan (bass), and Joey Stamps (drums). The album is classic Pacific NW garage rock -- but harnessed to the Homeric tradition. Kid Laser & the Dynamite Deal will perform live this weekend (9 PM Sat Mar 14, Bayview Pub, with Los Shotgun Locos). Downloadable audio.