The nation’s chief service officer says volunteerism has broad public support, and programs like Americorps and Senior Corps will survive the transition to a new presidential administration.
The cooperative extension at University of Alaska Southeast is closing its doors. The news broke after state budget reductions forced the University of Alaska to cut nearly one million dollars from the program, which provides agricultural, health, and community development training.
The winner of the 61st Sitka Salmon Derby has waited a long time for his fish. Bob Bernhardt has been trying for the top king salmon in the event since his brother Ernie beat him 57 years ago.
Stephen Bethune is the new area wildlife management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Sitka. He replaced longtime biologist Phil Mooney, who retired earlier this year. KCAW’s Katherine Rose spent some time with Bethune to see how he’s adjusting to life in Sitka.
To make ends meet, City Hall is consolidating or leaving unfilled 5 positions. A sixth city staffer was laid off. Critical repairs to Sitka's seaplane base -- at $170,000 -- passed just under the wire.
The Sitka Summer Music Festival began with gusto this week. For the first half of the month-long chamber music residency, the Cypress String Quartet will be performing all of Beethoven’s string quartets. These performances are extra special because they are among the last for the San Francisco-based group, which has been performing for two decades.
There will be a race for the House District 35 seat in the legislature, but not until fall. Republican Sheila Finkenbinder will challenge 2-term Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins to represent Sitka-Petersburg-Hoonah and SE villages.
Eric and Sarah Jordan participate in the Sitka Salmon derby on the other side of the scale. The couple has been running a derby weigh station from their salmon troller for the last 30 years.
This year’s Sitka Salmon Derby leader, Charlie Skultka, Sr., landed his fish -- which could be worth $7,500 -- about 5 minutes from the dock.
Times are tight in Sitka, but the Assembly has managed to balance the budget. How? Through combination of cuts, rate hikes, and money in reserve that may not be around next year.