The Morning Interview
Sitka National Historical Park ranger Ryan Carpenter, the Sitka Conservation Society's Mary Wood, and the Sitka Sound Science Center's Ashley Bolwerk are collaborating on a winter film series at the park. The first screening, DUCKumentary, is tonight (7 PM Wed Jan 28 and 2 PM Sat Jan 31, SNHP theater, free admission). Carpenter says Sitka's waterfowl are some of the most beautiful anywhere, and they live fascinating lives. Downloadable audio.
The state Drama, Debate, and Forensics tournament is set for Feb 19 - 21 in Anchorage. This year Mt. Edgecumbe will be taking 12 competitors -- their largest team in many years. With coach Marcia Drake and team members Aana Rangitsch (jr - Palmer) and Jinglin Yang (jr - China). Downloadable audio.
Sally Helm, a Sitka Service Fellow with the Island Institute, describes Story Lab, a new literary program for kids ages 7-19. There are four parts to the program: Afterschool, with weekly sessions; Saturday workshops; In-school, where Helm visits classrooms; and a publishing component. Story Lab is happening now. For more information visit Story Lab at the Island Institute. Downloadable audio.
Sitka Community Theater is holding auditions for "The Flattering Word," a 1920s one-act, and hosting Broadway Night, featuring show tune performances by local singers.
Utah State University professor Jim Powell uses zombies to illustrate the concepts of mathematical epidemiology and the spread of global pandemics. He'll speak tonight (7:30 PM Thu Jan 22, room 229) at the Sitka campus of the University of Alaska Southeast. Downloadable audio.
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 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.
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.