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.

Spencer: Volunteerism creates a lifelong ‘passion for service’

Wendy Spencer (l.) and Sitka mayor Mim McConnell. Alaska ranks 8th in the country in the number of national service volunteers located here - over 650. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)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.

Sitka cooperative extension office to close this fall

The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) campus will be losing its cooperative extension office this October. Photo provided by UAS.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.

Sitka man’s derby win worth the 57-year wait

1-160604_BobBernhardtThe 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.

New Sitka biologist digs bears, baseball

591a8893-37ce-46df-87e8-427c60e262edStephen 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.