The Morning Interview

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Visioning session to ask: What does healthy Sitka mean to you?

Melissa Marconi Wentzel discusses the Sitka Health Summit's upcoming Visioning Session. Participants will imagine where they'd like to see Sitka in five years, taking into account everything from public health to arts and culture, housing and transportation, access to healthy food and health behaviors. The event will be Thursday, April 16, from 5:30-7:30 at Kettleson Memorial Library (in the Stratton Building). Organizers will provide a light dinner, and childcare and activities for kids. You can find more information at sitkahealthsummitak.org. Downloadable audio

SHS baseball champs gear up for a new season

Sitka High School students Trevan Coleman and Brayden Case helped lead the varsity baseball team to the state championships last year - and won. This season, the two juniors are looking to repeat history. Coleman and Case talked about their confidence in this year's team and their new coach, Matt Way. Downloadable audio

St. Baldrick’s: Hair-free for a cause

15-year-old Celia Lubin has her head shaved during the 2013 St. Baldrick's Fundraiser in Sitka. (KCAW photo/Rebecca LaGuire)Valerie and Brent Edwards, and their 5-year-old Phinneas, talk about their road in fighting childhood cancer. Dr. David Vastola and Sitka VFD engineer Craig Warren say the St. Baldrick's fundraiser has played a major role in improving the prognosis for younger cancer patients. The St. Baldrick's event is this Friday, April 10, at 6:30 PM at the Sitka Elks Lodge. Learn more about St. Baldrick's here. Downloadable audio.

Marijuana Town Hall to be a ‘circle of reasonableness’

The personal use of marijuana becomes legal in Alaska on Feb. 24, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Pixaby)Doug Osborne, Director of Health Promotion at Sitka Community Hospital, describes his plans for Marijuana Town Hall II (6:30 - 8 PM Mon Mar 30, Harrigan Centennial Hall). Osborne hopes the meeting/discussion helps clear up misinformation about the use of marijuana, and serves as a vehicle for "reasonable conversation" about the newly-legalized drug. Downloadable audio.

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Have you had your dose of inspiration today? Listen to two-time cancer survivor Ellen Ruhle talk about why she organizes the ‘Relay for Life’ in Sitka, on KCAW’s Morning Interview. Community radio brings you the world and stories of amazing … more

‘Relay for Life’ supports cancer survivors, honors loss

Relay for Life event chair Ellen Ruhle (l.) with 2013 participant Sherie Mayo.Ellen Ruhle is a two-time cancer survivor and event chair for the 3rd Annual Relay for Life (8PM Fri June 19 - 4 PM Sat June 20, Lower Moller Field). Teams of up to 12 people keep a runner/walker on the track for the entire duration of the event, which honors cancer patients and caregivers. Participants can register online, or sign up at this spring's "Sitka Sue Walk" (8:30 AM Sat Apr 25, Rocky Gutierrez Airport). With American Cancer Society staff partners Tristan Walsh and Courtney Van Ord. Downloadable audio.

An old story, ‘Flattering Word’ plays on modern sensibilities

FlatteringWordSitka Community Theater presents The Flattering Word this weekend (7PM Fri Mar 27, Sat Mar 28, and 5 PM Sun Mar 29, Sitka Performing Arts Center, $10/8 Old Harbor Books or at the door). The one-act play was written in 1915, but touches humorously on modern themes of morality in the church and theater. With producer Shannon Haugland, actor Destony Rosas, and techie Monica Ague. Downloadable audio.

Sitka girls claim first-ever state Basketball title

The Lady Wolves celebrate their regional win in Ketchikan, before heading to state in Anchorage. (Ingfrid Olney-Miller photo)Sitka High Lady Wolves head coach Sondra Lundvick and players Sid Riggs (sr) and Zosha Krupa (soph) talk about their team's journey from the losers' bracket in the Regional tournament to winning the state 3A championship.

Students unite behind ‘Choose Respect’ this Thursday

From left: Mt. Edgecumbe High School senior Kayleen Teeluk, Sitka High School sophomore Mackenzie Whitson, and Mt. Edgecumbe juniors Mikaela Hunter and Reba Dundas led the 2014 Choose Respect march down Lincoln Street in Sitka. (KCAW Photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Youth Leadership Committee has gotten behind the "Choose Respect" March, which will happen in Sitka this Thursday (Noon, Thu Mar 26, Totem Square to Crescent Shelter). Committee members Justice Lysons, Reba Dundas, and Millie Nanoyk discuss SYLC's mission and growing involvement with "Choose Respect." With the SAFV Shelter's Julia Smith and Martina Kurzer. Downloadable audio.

‘Retrospective,’ auction/pizza party highlight Is. Institute’s weekend

carolyn-dorikIsland Institute director Peter Bradley welcomes Sitkans to tonight's annual Auction and Pizza Party (7 PM Fri Mar 20, Harrigan Centennial Hall, $15 at Old Harbor Books or online), featuring gourmet pizza and music by the Fulton Boys. Saturday evening, supporters of the Institute will gather to honor the three-decade contribution of Carolyn Servid and Dorik Mechau (6 PM Sat Mar 21, Dell Shirley Room, Allen Memorial, ticket information online). Downloadable audio.