The Morning Interview
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.
Melissa 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.
Becky 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.
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.
Violinist 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.
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.
Chautauqua 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.
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.
The International Air Rally took to the skies of Alaska this month, with Sitka as their final destination. Five twin Cessna planes are parked on the Sitka runway. Their pilots and traveling partners have been traveling since June 1, 2015 and landed in Ketchikan and Juneau, with a surprise detour to Yakutat. Downloadable audio.
Matt Herskowitz, a Montreal-based pianist, composer and arranger, will be performing with his jazz trio at the Sitka Summer Music Festival this year. A graduate of the Julliard School in New York City and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Herskowtiz is known for fusing the technique of a classical virtuoso with a prowess in jazz. Downloadable audio.