The Morning Interview

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African Children’s Choir: Raising voices, spirits, money for education

The African Children's Choir is part of a thirty-year effort to break the cycle of poverty in Africa. The 41st tour of the ACC is appearing in Sitka this weekend, 6:30 PM Sun Sep 14, Sitka Performing Arts Center. Advance tickets $15 at Old Harbor Books. The ACC will be joined by Sitka students in the Keet Gooshi Heen Choir. Heidi Mullin is the technical director.

Hames Center ‘Doc Talks’ take on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Dr. SR Thorward is a psychiatrist at SEARHC. He'll be kicking off the "Doc Talk" series at the Hames Center with a discussion of Seasonal Affective Disorder. 7 PM Wed Sep 10, free.

Sitka’s water: Smelly, temporary, safe

Sitka's environmental superintendent Mark Buggins says Sitka's water smells more strongly of chlorine -- because there's more chlorine in it. The temporary filtration plant at Indian River has much different disinfection requirements than Blue Lake, including higher chlorine. Disinfection standards are higher now than when the Indian River was last used as Sitka's water supply in 1984. The city should go back on Blue Lake water in mid-October.

Home-buyers class a first-step toward ownership in Sitka’s new land trust

Randy Hughey and Michael LaGuire are board members with the Sitka Community Development Corporation, which has established a community land trust. The first property in the trust will be available for sale sometime next year. Anyone interested in applying must first take a free Home Choice class from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Sep 10 & 11, 6-10 PM. To register visit the AHFC online, or call 1-800-459-2921

Blue Lake generation outage: Out with the old, in with the new

Utility director Chris Brewton and Blue Lake expansion project manager Dean Orbison discuss the status of Sitka's current generation outage, as a penstock is installed at the new Blue Lake powerhouse. While Blue Lake hydro is down, the city is running on Green Lake hydro, plus a new Solar Titan diesel turbine -- one of the first permanent installations of this unit in Alaska.

SAFV community training begins Sep 6

Martina Kurzer, with Sitkans Against Family Violence, outlines plans for SAFV's Community Training, Saturdays 9 AM - 4 PM and Mondays 6 PM - 9 PM, September 6 - 26, Unitarian Fellowship Hall. Find a schedule here.

Cathy Cuenin: Living With What Is

Author and former hospice nurse Cathy Cuenin has personal experience living with cancer and transplant. She's developed a tool for helping people manage overwhelming situations. She's giving a workshop today (8-27-14) at Brave Heart Volunteers (Noon, Pioneer Home Manager's House, lunch provided. Suggested donation $45, scholarships available).

Endlich: ‘Hot Jupiters’ and other planetary phenomena

Solomon Endlich recently received his PhD in Physics from Columbia. He'd like to apply the "cathedral of mathematics" built for high-energy particle physics to planetary dynamics. He's currently a post-doctoral researcher in Switzerland, in residence this summer as a Sitka Fellow. Endlich and five other Fellows will present their work in an open studio, 7 PM Thu Aug 28 in the Yaw Art Building on the SJ Campus.

Huntly: Ecology where humans and the environment meet

Dr. Nancy Huntly is a terrestrial ecologist from the Utah State University in Logan, but she's no stranger to Alaska. She's spent considerable time researching mammal and plant communities on the Aleutian islands, and their relationship to human culture. Huntly is a Science in Residency Fellow at the Sitka Sound Science Center. She'll be speaking at UAS on Sep 3.

Seretan: Fellows program pushes young talent into a new context

Singer/songwriter Ben Seretan coordinates the Island Institute's Sitka Fellows Program, which provides studio space, meals, and time for artists/scholars under 30. He was a Fellow himself last year, and he'll release a dual LP album (and cassette tape) of his Sitka-influenced work this October 28. The Sitka Fellows Open Studio will be held 7 PM Thu Aug 28 in the Yaw Art Building.