The Morning Interview
Bryan J. Bertacchi is the new director of the Electrical Department for Sitka. Bertacchi arrived in Sitka last Tuesday (08-11-15) and got to work almost immediately, observing the clean-up of this week's diesel spill outside the Jarvis Street Power Plant and recovery work at the Kramer Avenue landslide. Bertacchi replaces Chris Brewton, who served as Director for six and a half years. Dale Groener stepped in as interim director. Bertacchi also reflects on Sitka's response to this week's landslides. Downloadable audio.
Ellie Schmidt is a visual artist and one of the six Sitka Fellows in residence at the Island Institute this summer. She uses feminist ideas and a variety of media, from underwater photography and video mapping to ceramics, to tackle ecological issues, with special emphasis on living in an era of climate change. Tomorrow (08-20-15), Schmidt will lead an improvisational dance workshop called "How to Dance with Sea Lions." Downloadable audio.
Sitkans Against Family Violence will begin their free community training this Saturday, August 22. According to SAFV's Martina Kurzer, this year's training will include sessions on trauma and self-care, how domestic violence affects children, and legal advocacy. The annual training is open to Sitkans who want to become an ally for all those who suffer secretly from interpersonal violence. Downloadable audio.
After thirteen years as the City's Parks and Recreation Manager, Lynne Brandon will assume a new role as Executive Director of Sitka Trail Works next month. She will be taking over for longtime director Deborah Lyons. Brandon talked about her passion for recreation and creating accessible walking opportunities that provide benefit for the greatest number of Sitkans. Downloadable audio.
Stress in humans is similar to the fight-or-flight response in animals, like zebras. But, unlike zebras, we don't let it go. Doug Osborne, director of health promotion at Sitka Community Hospital, will be leading a 21-day "Stress Less" Challenge (4 Monday nights, beginning August 17) at the Hames Center, to help students understand stress and learn to reduce it. To learn more about the class, visit the Hames Center online. Downloadable audio.
John-Henry Heckendorn is a political thinker, manager of a communications consulting firm, and one of the six Sitka Fellows in residence at the Island Institute this summer. Through his work on political campaigns, he wants to shift Alaska’s place in the national conversation from the land of "reality TV, Sarah Palin style politics" to a post-partisan "role model for Washington D.C." He talks about the relationship between politics and sports, and what makes campaigns in the state of Alaska especially unique. Tomorrow (08-13-15), he will be leading a discussion about how voters relate to political advertising at 7 p.m. in Fraser Hall. Downloadable audio.
The 8th annual "Change Your Latitude" 57˚ North Open Water Challenge is this Sunday, August 8, 2015. Race Director Kevin Knox is busily preparing for the challenge, which includes a 1k, 3k, 6k, and 10k race that begin at the Coast Guard Gazebo. Skylar Moore, Ava Parrish, and Will Pate are three high school students who are participating in the 3K race, which was just opened to swimmers over 14 years of age. Downloadable audio.
Ramona Ring is a freelance illustrator based in Hamburg, Germany and one of six Sitka Fellows in residency this month at the Island Institute. This summer, Ring is working on a graphic novel about a child growing up in a dysfunctional family. Ring will be doing postcard-sized portraits of Sitkans at the Backdoor every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m through September 2, 2015. Downloadable audio.
Tomorrow (08-05-15), Sitka Conservation Society will screen a 42-minute documentary about climate change called "Do the Math." As intern Matt Simon explains, the film crunches the numbers that measure climate change and documents challenges by activists to the fossil fuel industry. Downloadable audio.