Sitkans hold vigil for Orlando shooting victims

IMG_7711A crowd of nearly 100 Sitkans gathered in Totem Square last night (06-13-16), to honor the 49 victims of Sunday's (06-12-16) shooting at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub. The group gathered beneath a blue sky in a big circle and, holding strips of orange paper, took turns reading the forty nine name aloud.

Bear spray an effective deterrent, with practice!

Stopping a charging bear can be like stopping "a freight train." Forest Service instructors recommend stepping aside as you spray. (Flickr photo/Marshmallow)So far, there have been two bear attacks in Southeast and summer is just getting started. KCAW’s Brielle Schaeffer decided to try her hand at using bear spray and has this story.

Family restores salmon habitat, one tree at a time

01230e3c-0364-4874-aeda-f40e18fc4a99Heavy equipment is rumbling across Kruzof Island near Sitka again, but this time the big rigs are not removing trees -- instead, they’re putting them back.

Vislay’s farewell to Air Station Sitka: ‘Battle complacency’

Relieved Air Station Commander Mark Vislay walks past one of the helicopters he's flown during his two years in Sitka. Vislay is being reassigned as a staff officer of the Coast Guard Commandant. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Commander Mark Vislay handed over the stick at Air Station Sitka to Commander William Lewin, in a ceremony this morning (Friday 6-10-16). Vislay praised his unit and urged them to "battle complacency."

Sitka Sound Science Center awarded $40,000 to design heat pump

Lisa Busch, executive director of the Sitka Sound Science Center, smiles as she accepts a check for $40,000 from Wells Fargo. The money will be used to design a seawater heat pump for the center.The ocean supports a variety of marine life at the Sitka Sound Science Center, and soon it will support human life. This week, the center received funding to design a saltwater heat-pump.

Bailey: Building trust, connections through music

Bailey believes strongly in outreach. "Our mission is to have music everywhere," he says. (Zuill Bailey photo)Performing solo for the Sitka Chamber of Commerce, Cellist Zuill Bailey is a musical force of nature. He believes in the importance of the arts in Alaska, and he makes his case on a 17th-century instrument.

Substance abuse treatment is hurting, experts say

IMG_4540While more attention is being brought to solve the state’s drug problems, proper services have always been hard to get in more remote areas.

Some must leave home to get help

Lael_Grant_FB-282x300For all its prevalence in Alaskan communities, drug addiction can be a difficult health care problem to manage.

Photos: Paddling to Celebration 2016

DSC_0058Celebration, a 4-day festival honoring Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures began yesterday (06-08-16). And while some of the festival goers arrived by plane or boat, several dozen pulled themselves to shore.

Hawaiian language revitalization a model for Alaska

IMG_3386Xh’unei Lance Twitchell is studying language immersion schools in Hawaii, to bring the model to Southeast Alaska. Central Council has pledged to build a preschool this fall.