The Morning Interview

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Jones: Studying the trombone to spite his brother

2012 Sitka High grad George Jones is pursuing the study of trombone at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He'll perform a recital 7 PM this Thursday, August 21, at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. He started playing the trombone in Blatchley Middle School, because his brother was playing the instrument too.

‘Live Fit’ month builds good habits at an early age

Patrick Williams, injury prevention coordinator at Sitka Community Hospital, and Makai Saline discuss the importance of forming early exercise habits as part of "Live Fit" month this August. Saline swims and runs, both competitively and for fun. Only 11 years old, Saline won the under-18 division in the 1K Change Your Latitude Open Water Swim two weeks ago.

SEARCH drops facility fees, opens doors to all

Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital administrator Noel Rea discusses SEARHC's decision to drop facility fees, and to make healthcare services available to all in the community -- even without a referral. The hospital now offers tele-radiology on nights and weekends, a new mammography machine, and other services intended to keep SEARHC viable into the future. Rea also says that, contrary to urban myth, there is no danger of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital closing.

MJ Robinson: Comics an ‘image-based way of thinking’

Artist and graphic novelist MJ Robinson is surprised by the diverse culture in Sitka. At Oberlin, MJ became frustrated with the limits of studio art and creative writing, and began to merge the two in an "image-based way of thinking." MJ will teach a free workshop on creative writing for all abilities in the Yaw Art Building (7:30 PM Wed Aug 12, free).

‘Boys Run’ hopes to emulate success of ‘Girls’

Elena Gustafson, with Sitkans Against Family Violence, talks about a new program for boys in grades through 3-5 called Boys Run. It's based on the successful national self-esteem and empowerment program for girls called Girls on the Run. Boys Run, however, will be built on traditional Southeast values.

Revamping the Crescent Harbor playground

Playground Steering Committee members Kay Turner and Robert Hattle detail the latest developments in the drive to upgrade the Crescent Harbor playground. Community members want to make the whole area more accessible and sustainable, a goal stemming from the … more

UAS Fisheries Technology program expands

Today's morning interview is with University of Alaska Southeast faculty member Joel Markis, assistant professor of fisheries technology. Marcus discusses the fisheries technology program -- moved last year from Ketchikan to Sitka -- and a recent $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor designed to expand the program statewide.

Island Institute’s Sitka Fellows Program

Collage by Bene Rohlmann

Sitka Fellow Bene Rollman and program facilitator Ben Seretan visit the KCAW studio to discuss the Island Institute’s Sitka Fellows Program, a seven-week residency on the¬†Sheldon Jackson Campus for thinkers, builders and visionaries under 30. … more

You Think You Can Dance, Sitka?

Jeff Budd, outgoing¬†executive director of the Greater Sitka Arts Council, provides details on an upcoming event called Sitkans Can Dance. A mashup of popular TV shows like “Dancing With The Stars” and “You Think You Can Dance?,” local residents … more

Change Your Latitude swim race

One of the northernmost open water swims in the world, the Change Your Latitude 57 degrees North Open Water Challenge is happening this weekend in Sitka. Race director Kevin Knox and participants Grant Turner and Patrick Williams visit the KCAW studio to talk about the race's history and provide details of Sunday's fifth annual race.