The Morning Interview
Prevention Director Julia Smith and Lauren Havens, the school program coordinator for Sitkans Against Family Violence, came in to talk about "Boys Run I toowú klatseen: Strengthen Your Spirit!" The program was designed to bring running and healthy lifestyles to Alaska's 5th grade boys. Boys Run is modeled after the nationally established Girls Run. Downloadable audio.
Ted Wiard is a clinical therapist and certified grief counselor, who is hosting a gathering on community grief in Sitka tomorrow (09-03-15). Wiard was joined by Zachary Desmond, Director of Programs at Braveheart Volunteers, and host Rich McClear. The three spoke about grief in Sitka following the August 18th landslide and how the community can heal.
Gil Truitt, a local historian, has donated a collection of historical images to the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Many are copies of prints by E.W. Merrill. The images are on display at 456 Katlian Street from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, October 16th.
Raven Radio's new general manager is a class act: Ken and Rachel Fate. They will officially begin as co-managers on November 1st, 2015. Until then, Ken Fate will be flying solo as general manager through October 31st, 2015, which is also Raven Radio's Stardust Ball. The Fates have hosted the Stardust Ball for the past fourteen years. They plan to bring that partnership, both in work and in play, to the job of general manager. Downloadable audio.
Rachel Waldholz is the Reporter for Raven Radio - KCAW. And after two years and countless stories, today is her last day on the job. In September, Waldholz will join the APRN as a roving, state-wide reporter on energy issues in Alaska. Beginning Monday, August 31st, Melissa Marconi-Wenzel will return as Morning Edition Host. Former Winter Fellow Emily Kwong will be the interim reporter as Raven Radio seeks a permanent replacement. Downloadable audio.
Sarah Gibson is an oral historian and musician who lives in North Carolina. Gibson is one of six Sitka Fellows in residency this month at the Island Institute this summer. Raised in a rural community in Vermont, Gibson is compelled by land and people, and how the relationship between the two expresses itself in traditional arts and storytelling. Gibson will be leading a how-to oral history workshop tomorrow (09-27-15) at 7 p.m. in Fraser Hall, teaching participants how to do interviews with loved ones and neighbors. Downloadable audio.
Coordinators of Sitka's landslide response and relief effort gathered in the KCAW studios this morning (08-25-15), both to recount the events of the past week and relay immediate needs. Chief Dave Miller of the Sitka Fire Department was joined by Major Turnie Wright, the minister with the local Salvation Army post, and Samantha Cox, a moderator on the Facebook website Sitka Chatters. Downloadable audio.
Doug Osborne, the Director of Health Promotion at Sitka Community Hospital, announces that the hospital is going tobacco-free today (08-24-15). Now, visitors are asked to smoke outside the property line. Downloadable audio.
Hilary Morgan, the CEO of YWCA Alaska, discusses YWCA Alaska/BP's annual award for women leaders. The Women of Achievement Awards is an annual evening soiree that honors ten Alaskan women who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their professional life, and made contributions to their community. The deadline to nominate a woman of distinction is 5 p.m. today (08-21-15). Morgan also discusses the gender pay gap in Alaska. Downloadable audio.