The Morning Interview
Kid 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.
Sitka National Historical Park Ranger Ryan Carpenter describes the unique partnership behind Herring Camp, a spring-break program for middle school students. Herring Camp mixes contemporary scientific methods with traditional knowledge to give students a well-rounded perspective on this critical resource. With Tribal culture-bearer Chuck Miller, resource protection manager Jeff Feldpausch, and camper Madison Roy-Mercer. Downloadable audio.
Sitka High seniors Ellie Cagle and Elle Gray discuss last weekend's Region V Basketball tournament in Ketchikan. The Sitka Lady Wolves came from behind to win the 3A title. With Brian Hanson. Downloadable audio.
Melissa Marconi-Wentzel, with the Sitka Health Summit, and partners Sarah Lawrie with the Greater Sitka Arts Council, and SEARHC's Martha Pearson, discuss "The Art of Health," which will be on exhibit for a month at the Homeport Eatery beginning 5 PM Fri Mar 13, and other collaborative plans for the community. Downloadable audio.
Sally Helm with the Island Institute shares their new journalism project. Radio + Food is a collaboration between Sitka Story Lab and Kettleson Memorial Library and will give middle school and high school students the opportunity to interview someone about food - cooking it, hunting it, buying it, and eating it. Downloadable audio.
Frances Donohoe and Trisha Bessert share stories about combining forces to create Cirque du Pluie, the new circus program at the Hames Center. The two instructors talk about the planned expansion of the pool room for circus classes, which in the future will include juggling, aerial trapeze, and adult gymnastics. Downloadable audio.
On the heels of closing Annie this past weekend (Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, 2015), Zeke Blackwell with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp is already looking forward to the next program. Blackwell is opening auditions to 5th to 8th graders for Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor this coming Monday (Mar. 9) and Tuesday (Mar. 10). Downloadable audio.
From February 13 - February 15, 2015, music director Sarah Martensen brought students from Sitka High School to the NAfME Biennial Northwest Division Conference in Spokane, Washington. According to the one of the students, Misha Bekeris, the conference was an opportunity for accelerated music growth over one weekend with new teachers and players. Downloadable audio.
Annette Blankenship and Megan Pasternak of the Ocean Wave Quilters Guild talk about this year's quilt auction (3-3-15). This annual silent and outcry mini quilt auction supports college scholarships for Sitka students. So far, 20 miniature quilts and 5 large quilt tops are expected to be auctioned. Downloadable audio.