The Morning Interview

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“Better than regular frisbee,” Ultimate tournament this Sunday

11703016_10155749706025247_1253708886437536423_nTaylor White and David Kreiss-Tomkins, coordinators for Sitka Ultimate, were joined by Fairbanks player Brad Bishop, to talk about the 10th Annual Ultimate Frisbee Hat Tournament this Sunday (07-26-15) at Krueger Soccer Field. The three players talk about what makes Ultimate Frisbee unique, which includes self-policing by the players (there are no referees), the physics behind Frisbee throwing, and epic layouts to catch these flying plastic discs.

Coast Guard cadets find adventure, inspiration in summer internships

downloadAndrea Saldana, Aimee Valencia, and Karisa Maurer are rising seniors in the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and are interning in Sitka for the summer. The cadet discuss their internship assignments and career plans in the Coast Guard. Downloadable audio.

Thielke: “I think the easiest way to humanize big ideas is to put it in narrative”

djthielke_0D.J. Thielke is a fiction writer and one of six Sitka Fellows in residency at the Island Institute this summer. Much of her fiction has focused on the role of technology on identity in modern life. She is currently finishing and editing a collection of stories that focuses on this theme. In Sitka, her project is to do further research on a new story about the oil business and the way it shapes local economies associated with the rig. Downloadable audio.

“Be our guest” at the SFAC production of Beauty and the Beast

imagesThe Sitka Fine Arts Camp's (SFAC) is staging a full-scale production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, with an all-student cast who put the entire show together in two weeks. WT McRae, musical director, said this is the Musical Theater Camp's most ambitious production yet. Two students from the production, Olivia Rivera and Victoria Ingram, play Mrs. Potts and the Wardrobe (aka Madame de la Grande Bouche). SFAC's Beauty and the Beast debuts on Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. Additional performances are at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. Downloadable audio.

Break out your baking pans! Seafood Festival seeks desserts

cake contest winnerMegan Pasternak is coordinating the dessert competition at this year's Sitka Seafood Festival Banquet, which is Friday August 7, 2015. Cakes, pies, and cupcake entries are welcome and the contest is open to all ages. Registration is due to Pasternak by 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 5 and desserts must be delivered to Allen Auditorium by 2 p.m. on Friday, August 7. Downloadable audio.

National Historical Park to oversee Castle Hill

Castle Hill, in downtown Sitka, is the best place to take in the full measure of the community's "cultural landscape." (Alaska Division of Parks photo)Superintendent Mary Miller announces that Sitka National Historical Park has entered into a cooperative management agreement with the state of Alaska to maintain a portion of Sitka's state parks. As of June 30th, the maintenance staff of Sitka NHP has been taking care of the grounds of Baranof Castle Hill and the historic portions of Old Sitka. The agreement will continue through Alaska Day of 2015. Downloadable audio.

Jazz workshop takes inspiration from Native music

NJQ-action-e1379508188406The Native Jazz Quartet is hosting a jazz workshop in Sitka this week, with an emphasis on arranging cultural music within jazz compositions. Ed Littlefield (drums) and Christian Fabian (upright bass) talk about the goals of the workshop and their upcoming performance as the Native Jazz Trio, with pianist Reuel Lubag, this Saturday (07-18-15) at 7 p.m. at the Odess Theater in Allen Hall. Downloadable audio.

Father-daughter duo publish ‘A Photographic Passage’

photo-originalLarisa and Ernest Manewal are local photographers, who just published "Southeast Alaska: A Photographic Passage." The 144-page book is filled with images of Southeast taken by the father and daughter in their travels. Downloadable audio.

Chautauqua: “We hope to bring happiness to the spirits”

2-IMG_3339-500x375Paul Magid, the tour coordinator with the New Old Time Chautauqua, shares plans for the group's final day in Sitka, which includes a potluck and a concert in memory of the community's ancestors. Magid was joined by local storyteller Bob Sam to talk about the spirit of Chautauqua and bringing communities together through learning. Downloadable audio.

Taking risks with art (and ice cream!) at SFAC

2middleschool-sb1WT McRae, a teaching artist with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp (SFAC), was joined by administrator Lauren Tronick to talk about the last week of camp and this year's line-up of final performances. They were joined by camper Kathryn Casello. Casello is one of the 213 campers this summer, who hail from 29 communities in Alaska and 10 states. Downloadable audio.