The Morning Interview
Chris Washko, the Student Success Center Manager at the University of Alaska Southeast, talks about the university's participation in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX), an exchange of 75 Americans and 75 German professionals. For the first year, Sitka will be a host site for one of these students, a Bavarian resident named Alexander. Washko gives a glimpse inside Alexander's life in Sitka and prerequisites for a potential host family. Downloadable audio.
Mayor Mim McConnell was joined by City Administrator Mark Gorman to invite Sitkans to participate in a citizens' taskforce (CT) on city services, revenues, and fees. The Assembly directed city staff to set up the task force at the last meeting. According to McConnell and Gorman, the 7-member focus group will include a Chair and Vice Chair and will meet for six months. The group will be tasked with determining Sitka's core services and how to fund those services into the future. Downloadable audio.
Ken Fate, the Station Manager of Raven Radio, was joined by Development Director Amy Kramer Johnson to talk about a post-parade root beer float party to thank all listeners this Independence Day. This Saturday, July 4th 2015, Raven Radio will be giving out free root beer floats in the Cable House parking lot at 2:30 p.m. The tradition began on Raven Radio's 30th anniversary and this year, will include lawn games and live music by Jason Caputo and Kari Groven with Ed Littlefield and Christian Fabian. Downloadable audio.<
Documentary filmmaker Ellen Frankenstein was joined by master weaver and Haida elder Delores Churchill, who is the subject of her latest documentary Tracing Roots: A Weaver's Story. They will be screening the documentary tomorrow (07-01-15) from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, in the Pioneers Home Chapel. Downloadable audio.
Kealoha Harmon, the Community Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, was joined by Suzan Hess, the Board President of the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce, to review plans for this year's 4th of July parade. The deadline for marchers to register is Thursday, July 2. Downloadable audio.
Kurt Baldwin and Julia Sakharova, two members of Arianna String Quartet, talk about their upcoming performances with the Sitka Summer Music Festival. The quartet will perform today (6-25-15) at 12:30 and tomorrow (6-26-15) at 7:30 at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Downloadable audio.
Scott Brylinsky, a planner with the City of Sitka, says now is the time for the community to begin a conversation about the commercialization of marijuana, primarily in four areas: Growing, Testing, Processing, and Retail Distribution. What will commercialization look like in Sitka? Eleven months from now, the state will issue the first commercial marijuana licenses. Downloadable audio.
Melissa Marconi-Wentzel, the Director with the Sitka Health Summit, invites the citizens of Sitka to participate in a quality of life survey by the end of July. This is the first comprehensive health survey of it's kind in the island city of 9000 year-round residents. The survey is available online through Survey Monkey at this link. Downloadable audio.