The Morning Interview

The Morning Interview airs at 8:18 AM, Mon – Fri.

Chamber winners to be secret until Jan 31 Awards Gala

Jen Robinson, executive director of the Sitka Chamber of Commerce, describes her plans for the Chamber's Gala Awards Dinner on January 31. Unlike past years, this year's winner of the prestigious Cossack Cap will remain secret until the award is announced during the event. For more information visit the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce online. Downloadable audio.

Sitka High DDF wins at regional meet in Juneau

Sitka High senior Owen Fulton took first place in speaker points at last weekend's regional Drama, Debate, and Forensics meet in Juneau. He an his partner Annemarie Pike were the top debate team. The Sitka High DDF team will hold a Showcase on Friday, February 13 in the Sitka Performing Arts Center, before heading to the State Tournament the following weekend. Downloadable audio.

City to gather opinion at Marijuana Town Hall

Municipal attorney Robin Koutchak and Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt discuss their plans to hold a Marijuana Town Hall meeting, on Monday, January 19 at 6:30 PM. Voters approved the legalization of marijuana in November; the law takes effect on February 24, and municipalities may set up local ordinances to regulate recreational consumption. Downloadable audio.

GPIP board to review, finalize land proposals

Garry White, executive director of the Gary Paxton Industrial Park, says that his board will give further consideration to a pair of competing proposals for land lease/purchase at the park, in a public meeting tonight at 6 PM in Harrigan Centennial Hall. Downloadable audio.

Alaska Bar offers free advice on MLK Day

Christine Pate describes a joint effort by the Alaska Bar Association and other agencies to offer free legal services in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 19. Downloadable audio.

Wearable artists wanted!

Jeff Budd, with the Greater Sitka Arts Council, says now is the time to get started if you're interested in participating in the Wearable Art Show during this year's ArtiGras Festival. Downloadable audio.

NW Coast Art Classes at UAS

Owen Kindig, with the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, outlines the range of NW Coast Art classes available spring semester on campus. For more information, visit UAS/Sitka online. This audio is unavailable.

A ‘season of gratitude’ at the Sitka Summer Music Festival

StevensonHall Stevenson Hall, as it appears in the Historic American Building Survey.[/caption]Kayla Boettcher, executive director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, reports on her organization's receipt of a $260,000 grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust, which will allow for the purchase of the festival's headquarters at Stevenson Hall. The Murdock Trust, plus a number of individual funders, contributed a total of $530,000 in capital funding, some of which will be used toward repairs of the historic building. Downloadable audio.

‘Annie’ auditions Saturday

annieZeke Blackwell, director of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp's Young Performers Theater, talks about auditions scheduled for Annie, the spring production at camp. Performers age 7 - 18 are eligible to audition one short song (not from Annie), a short scene, and dancing ability. The show will be staged Feb 27 & 28, and March 1. For complete information, visit the Sitka Fine Arts Camp online. Downloadable audio.

House Jacks to perform Saturday

HouseJacksMonica Ague, with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, discusses this weekend's performance by the House Jacks, an a capella group from the San Francisco Bay Area. The House Jacks have performed together for over 20 years; they bring a rich, instrumental sound to their all-vocal music. 7 PM Sat Jan 10 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center, tickets available at the SFAC office, 747-3085, or at the door. Learn more about the House Jacks. Downloadable audio.