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Harrigan prepares for major remodel; to close August 1

CaptureDon Kluting, the Building Manager of Harrigan Centennial Hall, was joined by Project Manager Kelli Cropper to discuss the upcoming remodel of the 48-year-old building. Harrigan Centennial Hall will close Saturday, August 1, 2015 until January 2017.

UAS to host German young professional this year

hqdefaultChris 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.

City creates citizens’ taskforce

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.

A root beer float party for 500+ Sitkans

KCAW_4thJuly_SMALL2Ken 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.<

A 400-year-old weaving mystery

Tracing_Roots_11x17_v4_hi_rezDocumentary 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.

Celebrating American innovation at parade

kidlollyKealoha 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.

Imagine the Fantastic Four, with strings!

i21a6963Kurt 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.

Planning marijuana’s future in Sitka

Recreational use of marijuana is already legal in Alaska. Commercial activity will become legal next May.  (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)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.

Survey asks, “Are you satisfied with the quality of life in Sitka?”

18487_970809246276466_83674780593795183_nMelissa 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.

Walking in the footsteps of Russian history

RBH_Exterior2_1Becky Latanich, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Sitka National Historical Park, talks about their new 1-hour tour of Russian-American history through downtown Sitka. Downloadable audio.