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Tresham gets to birds before they get to planes

An Alaska Airlines jet touches down in Sitka. Both runway approaches are over ocean. (Flickr photo/Pat Groves)If you find landing at Sitka’s airport to be a little unnerving, you’re not alone. One man is out there worrying with you: Dave Tresham spends 14 hours a day chasing birds from Sitka’s runway and airspace. He spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week.

BLM denies SJ Redoubt claim

Sealaska has moved one step closer to owning the land surrounding Sitka’s Reboubt Falls. A ruling this month dismissed a claim to the same land filed by the Sheldon Jackson College trustees. If it stands, the ruling will remove a major obstacle from the decades-long effort to gain Native ownership of the site, home to the area’s largest subsistence sockeye fishery.

Assembly considers vehicle tax to fund roads

Sitka’s car owners may soon see a fee increase. The assembly voted 5 to 1 Tuesday night to raise vehicle registration fees. Money raised through the tax would go towards the city’s roads.

Daniels pushes students to bring jazz to life

Dee Daniels (r.) works with Juliana Loughin on the phrasing in her song "The Glove." Daniels says there's a process of "breakdown and breakthrough" that enriches singers lives outside of music. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop is underway this week in Sitka (July 18-25). For the last two years, Daniels has interrupted her touring and teaching schedule to live at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and coach a half-dozen students of widely-ranging ages and ability. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey recently stopped by her class and learned how much work it takes to make jazz seem effortless.

Sitka providers back new parenting program

Dr. Matt Hirschfeld introduces Triple P to Sitka health and welfare professionals. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Parenting is one of the most difficult and complex tasks many of us will undertake in our lifetimes. Kids don’t come with an instruction manual. Yet across cultures, there is a deep-rooted reluctance among parents to ask for help. Sitka is one of the communities being considered for a new program designed to teach healthy parenting.

Women crush record in soggy ’14 Alpine Adventure Run

140720_Tasha_FolsomOn a day that seemed almost guaranteed to produce no record times, two Sitka women on Saturday (7-19-14) crushed the course record in the 21st Alpine Adventure Run. Tasha Folsom took first place in the women’s event, with a time of 1:18:10 -- a full two minutes faster than the record set last year by New York runner Emily deLaBruyere. Second-place woman Emily Routon also beat last year's record time.

Sitka father, son finish 3,000 mile trans-America run

David Wilcox (l.), Brett Wilcox, Olivia Wilcox, and Kris Wilcox were met by large crowds in Ocean City, NJ, as they wrapped up their 6-month, 3,000 mile run. (RunningTheCountry.com photo)A father-son team from Sitka has completed a six-month run across the United States. Brett and David Wilcox ran into Ocean City, New Jersey, on Saturday (7-19-14), after covering 3,000 miles on foot. The project was intended to raise awareness about the hazards of genetically-modified foods.

Gull-egg harvest gets boost from Congress

Glaucous-winged gulls nest in Glacier Bay. Federal legislation allows Hoonah Tlingits to harvest their eggs.(Courtesy National Park Service.)The measure is one of 16 included in a package of land-use bills recently passed by the United States Senate.

A whale of a tale: Sitka pilot goes viral

Murray's float plane coming in for a landing, and the mist of the whale's breath. (Courtesy of Thomas Hamm/Break.com).A 48-second YouTube video catching the swift reactions of a Sitka float plane pilot went viral this past week. KCAW tracked down the pilot and the man who took the video to bring us the full story of how a routine flight in Southeast Alaska made waves on news programs and websites around the world.

Work on HPR to stretch into September

Work on Sitka’s Halibut Point Road will extend into the fall, several weeks longer than originally planned, after contractors ran into some unexpected obstacles buried within the road bed.