The Morning Interview
Mt. Edgecumbe Braves head coach Archie Young says he likes to see his team play aggressive basketball heading into this weekend's regional tournament, and its win-loss record may not reflect its potential. With Paul Kewan (sr - Pt. Lyons) and Robert "Bobby" Pate (jr - Nome). Downloadable audio.
Zeke Blackwell with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp is directing "Annie the Musical," which debuts this weekend. Blackwell talked about managing the 50-member cast. Through double casting several roles, "Annie" has maximized opportunities for many of it's children and pre-teen actors. Downloadable audio.
Cindy Edwards was part of the selection committee for the BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which is stopping in Sitka to showcase a selection of mountain and outdoors-based adventure films. Edwards talked about how themes of perseverance and the human spirit drive many of the films, shot all over the world with topics such as rock climbing, BASE jumping, and tight rope walking. Downloadable audio.
Jeff Budd and Sawrie with the Great Sitka Arts Council talk about plans for the 7th Annual Wearable Arts Runway Show & Extravaganza. The theme is Seven Seas, Clean Seas. They were joined by model and artist Cynthia Bustos, who is making her dress out of six layers of dryer sheets. Downloadable audio.
Dancer/choreographer Laura Careless debuts her solo piece, The Lost Goddess Dance, tonight (7 PM, Wed Feb 18, Sitka Performing Arts Center). Careless has taught dance at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp over the last three summers. She began to develop material for the piece, which is base on the Persephone myth, while in Sitka. With the Sitka Fine Arts Camp's Monica Ague. Downloadable audio.
For their annual meeting on February 19th, the Sitka Maritime Heritage Society is inviting members of the public to share their photographs and stories of waterfront history. Rebecca Poulson and Joe D'Arienzo, the vice-president and treasurer of the society, talked about the inspiration for the exhibit, while moderator Eric Jordan shared tales of growing up on a boat. He brought in a 1952 photograph, complete with the family laundry hanging off the boat, named the Salty. D'Arienzo provided an update about the restoration of the Japonski Island Boathouse for historic boat work. Downloadable audio.
KCAW's Robert Woolsey interviewed Dan Gray, the regional management coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, to talk about the upcoming Board of Fish meeting in Sitka from February 23rd - March 3rd. Gray talks about the process the board uses to review commercial fishing proposals, a meeting which happens every three years. Downloadable audio.
Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield gave Sitka Community Hospital a $3000 grant for water safety education. As Patrick Williams of SCH explains it, $1500 will be funneled into a 12-month scholarship program directed by Baranof Barracuda Swim Club to teach six children how to swim. Williams was joined by Coach Sioxha Tokman and Board President Kevin Knox to talk about the expansion of the swim lesson program and the upcoming state championship meet in Jueanu. Barracuda is actively looking for swim lesson instructors. Call 738-8155 for more information. Downloadable audio.
Mt. Edgecumbe High School cheerleaders Johnna Bouker (sr - Dillingham) and Jeffrey Moore (sr - Unalaska) take us behind the scenes of their challenging activity. In Southeast, Cheerleading is a competetive event, judged during the regional Basketball tournament next month in Ketchikan. Downloadable audio.