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Music to his ears - NOT! Schaeffer (r.) tells KCAW host Ted Howard that his wife isn't all that into mandolin after all. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Since she arrived at KCAW, people in Sitka and around the state have been asking Schaeffer to say things that they’d really rather not say themselves. Now, she's turned that silvery voice into gold.

Landslide suit raises questions about Benchlands liability

Recovery crews halt work while a trained cadaver dog scents the site where the body of 62-year-old William Stortz was later located. (KCAW photo, Robert Woolsey)The August 18th landslide in Sitka was unprecedented, raising safety concerns about property development in the Benchlands. Now, a lawsuit by one of the owners whose house was destroyed is raising legal questions about who is responsible: the city or the developer?

Sitkans open conversation on racial equity

ANDORE_imgA two-day meeting in Sitka this weekend (Apr 1-2) will address community concerns over racism. Tom Gamble will facilitate a program called Advancing Native Dialogues On Racial Equities.

National Parks to care for Castle Hill, Old Sitka this summer

IMG_4348The Sitka National Historical Park will oversee Castle Hill and Old Sitka again this summer. The State Department of Natural Resources announced last week that the two agencies have renewed their cooperative management agreement for another season.

Sitka teachers agree to no pay raise next year

Sitka_School_District_logoThe Sitka School Board and district teachers have signed off on a new three-year contract. For the first year of the deal, at least, teachers agreed to take no pay raise.

Severed internet cable interrupts student testing in Alaska

The Center for Educational Testing reports that around 15,000 students were online nationwide when the outage occurred. Their test results should be unaffected.Alaska’s star-crossed educational testing system suffered another setback today (Tue 3-29-16), when a fiber-optic cable near the University of Kansas was severed at about 1:30 PM Central Daylight Time.

Come and get your roe!

IMG_6499The F/V Lady Louise handed out 5000 lbs. of freshly harvested roe to Sitkans today (03-29-16). The giveaway was sponsored by the Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance, with donations from the sac roe herring fleet.

Alaska musicians prep for 42nd folk festival

Juneau guitarist, singer and songwriter Kray Van Kirk talks about his music in his dining room. He'll perform during the Alaska Folk Festival, April 4-11 in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Folk Festival runs April 4-10 in Juneau. It’s a sure sign of spring for the hundreds of musicians from all over the state who come to play, jam and listen.

Small fish, active spawning close down Sitka’s sac roe harvest

The Deco Bay loads up on herring during the second opening of the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, on Thursday, March 19. (Photo courtesy of Angela Marie Christensen)For the third time in a half dozen years, Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery has closed far short of the target harvest level.

Sitka rallies for respect

IMG_4782 (1)High school students and community members rallied at a local “Choose Respect” march through downtown Sitka on Thursday (3-24-16). The goal of this march, and others held across the state, was to bring awareness to Alaska’s high rates of sexual assault and domestic violence.