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SCH creates scholarship swimming lesson program

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield gave Sitka Community Hospital a $3000 grant for water safety education. As Patrick Williams of SCH explains it, $1500 will be funneled into a 12-month scholarship program directed by Baranof Barracuda Swim Club to teach six children how to swim. Williams was joined by Coach Sioxha Tokman and Board President Kevin Knox to talk about the expansion of the swim lesson program and the upcoming state championship meet in Jueanu. Barracuda is actively looking for swim lesson instructors. Call 738-8155 for more information. Downloadable audio.

Flyers, spotters, and stunts: Cheerleading goes airborne at MEHS

The Mt. Edgecumbe Cheerleaders leave the floor at halftime in 2013. (KCAW Photo/Robert Woolsey)Mt. Edgecumbe High School cheerleaders Johnna Bouker (sr - Dillingham) and Jeffrey Moore (sr - Unalaska) take us behind the scenes of their challenging activity. In Southeast, Cheerleading is a competetive event, judged during the regional Basketball tournament next month in Ketchikan. Downloadable audio.

Brave Heart offers Valentine’s retreat for lost love

Starrigavan_CabinSomeone who has lost a spouse or intimate partner may need help redefining Valentine's Day. This Saturday, Brave Heart Volunteers offers the first of four day-long retreats for widows and widowers. 10 AM to 5 PM Sat Feb 14 at the Starrigavan Cabin. Other retreats will be scheduled throughout the year. Visit Brave Heart Volunteers for complete information. With Brave Heart's Zack Desmond. Downloadable audio.

Washington brings New Orleans sensibility to JazzFest

Kenny_WashingtonNew Orleans vocalist Kenny Washington returns to headline the closing night of Sitka's JazzFest. With roots in Southern Gospel, Washington takes jazz standards to new heights with his four-octave range. For complete schedule information, visit Sitka JazzFest online. Downloadable audio.

Grammy-winning violinist joins Sitka Jazz Fest

Mads Tolling is one of several musicians set to perform alongside student groups at Sitka Jazz Fest this weekend. (Photo courtesy of the artist)Violinist Mads Tolling is in town for the Sitka Jazz Fest, which runs February 5 - 7th and features concerts with guest musicians and local jazz groups alike. Tolling grew up in Denmark and discovered jazz as a teenager. His rose to prominence with the adventurous Turtle Island String Quartet, which won two Grammy awards for Best Classical Crossover Album. Tolling will be performing Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm at the Performing Arts Center. Downloadable audio.

Blatchley set for ‘Discover Your Potential’ week

During Discovery Week (Feb 16 - 19), Blatchley students choose from among 78 classes far, far outside of the normal academic curriculum: Everything from cooking-with-bacon classes to sea kayaking and traditional carving and story telling. Sixteen organizations around Sitka provide instructors. With coordinator Kari Sagel, students Robert Gibson and Tava Guillory, and SNEP coordinator Brian James. Downloadable audio.

SHS singers tune up for Jazz Fest this weekend

Sarah Martinson, the new music director at Sitka High School, talks about the upcoming Jazz Fest with students from the vocal jazz group. Downloadable audio.

AFS exchanges mix curiosity, teenagers, and ‘a little chaos’

Mihn Iwamoto is a Sitka student traveling to Costa Rica this week for a cultural exchange. She discusses her exchange with Sitka AFS director Connie Kreiss. Downloadable audio.

Mariner’s First Aid: When help is over the horizon

This is a salmon troller fishing near Petersburg in the 1930s. (Flickr photo/born1945)Alaska Marine Safety Education Association training coordinator Rick Petersen and first aid director Eric Van Cise will talk about AMSEA's expansion into offering Mariner's First Aid and Wilderness Advanced First Aid courses. The programs emphasize care when help might be some time in coming. Downloadable audio.

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.