The Morning Interview

The Morning Interview airs at 8:18 AM, Mon – Fri.

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.

NW Coast Art Classes at UAS

Owen Kindig, with the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, outlines the range of NW Coast Art classes available spring semester on campus. For more information, visit UAS/Sitka online. This audio is unavailable.

A ‘season of gratitude’ at the Sitka Summer Music Festival

StevensonHall Stevenson Hall, as it appears in the Historic American Building Survey.[/caption]Kayla Boettcher, executive director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, reports on her organization's receipt of a $260,000 grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust, which will allow for the purchase of the festival's headquarters at Stevenson Hall. The Murdock Trust, plus a number of individual funders, contributed a total of $530,000 in capital funding, some of which will be used toward repairs of the historic building. Downloadable audio.

‘Annie’ auditions Saturday

annieZeke Blackwell, director of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp's Young Performers Theater, talks about auditions scheduled for Annie, the spring production at camp. Performers age 7 - 18 are eligible to audition one short song (not from Annie), a short scene, and dancing ability. The show will be staged Feb 27 & 28, and March 1. For complete information, visit the Sitka Fine Arts Camp online. Downloadable audio.

House Jacks to perform Saturday

HouseJacksMonica Ague, with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, discusses this weekend's performance by the House Jacks, an a capella group from the San Francisco Bay Area. The House Jacks have performed together for over 20 years; they bring a rich, instrumental sound to their all-vocal music. 7 PM Sat Jan 10 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center, tickets available at the SFAC office, 747-3085, or at the door. Learn more about the House Jacks. Downloadable audio.

‘Pick, Click, Give’ turns PFD dollars into charitable good

PickClickGiveHeather Beaty, with the state's Permanent Fund Dividend program, reminds listeners that they can "Pick, Click, Give" when applying for their 2015 PFD. Filing opened January 1 and runs through March 31. Over 500 non-profit organizations statewide are registered for Pick, Click, Give. Dowloadable audio.

Santahack!

Santa says he's outgrown his "youthful indiscretions." He's banned nudity at the North Pole. Nevertheless, he says "Mrs. Claus is going to kill me." (Flickr photo/wanderingnome)A network security breach at the North Pole has left Santa exposed -- literally. Retaliatory action against a certain Asian dictator is not planned at this time. "There is not enough coal on planet Earth," said the Jolly Old Elf. With the chief of Santa's IT Security, #blinky@blinky, and KCAW's Robert Woolsey. Downloadable audio.

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.