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1A Championship Slideshow: Small schools play big basketball

150306_25_1A_woolseyThe Kake Lady Thunderbirds are the 1A Region V Basketball champions. Kake beat the Angoon Lady Eagles 53 - 37 in the title game Friday night in Sitka. The Klawock Chieftans took the boys title, defeating Kake 56 - 40.

Hospital on the mend, as permanent CEO Rob Allen takes the wheel

1-IMG_7710After six weeks on the job, Rob Allen - the interim CEO of Sitka Community Hospital - has agreed to take on the position permanently. He announced his decision during the hospital board’s last meeting in February (2-26-15) and expects to negotiate for a contract soon. He says the hospital’s financial panic has subsided, thanks in large part to the staff members who rode the wave.

Overdose suspected in death of Sitka 24-year old

Ian_Blair-001Dispatch received a call Friday morning (3-6-15) that a man was not breathing at a Monastery St. apartment. Once on scene, responders attempted to resuscitate 24-year old Ian Blair, but were unsuccessful. Police suspect Blair died of a drug overdose.

‘Dead Reckoning’ tackles the realities of fishing

DEADRECKONINGIn Dead Reckoning, Alaskan author Dave Atcheson revisits his introduction to commercial fishing -- and the harrowing near-disaster that changed the lives of everyone on his crew.

Kake, Angoon, Klawock match up in 1A championships Friday

Tournament play starts Thursday at 1:30 PM when the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves meet Nikiski.It’s a big night for basketball in Sitka, even though no Sitka team is playing. This week Mt. Edgecumbe has been hosting the Region V Basketball tournament for 1A schools, and the championship games are tonight. Meanwhile in the 3A tourney in Ketchikan, both title games will be played tomorrow (Sat 3-7-15).

Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe to meet in rematch for conference title

The Sitka Lady Wolves may have eliminated Mt. Edgecumbe, but they'll have to beat Petersburg twice to win the Region V title. (KCAW photo/Ingfrid Olney-Miller)The Sitka Wolves earned a re-match with the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves Friday, with the 3A Region V Basketball championship on the line. The Sitka Lady Wolves eliminated the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves Thursday, and will challenge Petersburg for the title.

Top-seeded Wolves lose opener to MEHS Braves

The Wolves lost to Mt. Edgecumbe, despite a first-round bye. (KCAW photo/Ingfrid Olney-Miller)Like the Lady Wolves, the Sitka High boys yesterday (Wed 3-4-15) lost their first game of the Region V Basketball tournament in Ketchikan, to Mt. Edgecumbe, 46-55.

Kreiss-Tomkins unpacks Alaska’s ‘budget apocalypse’

Kreiss-Tomkins' news was not all bad. Some departments, like Fish & Game, will survive deep cuts without much disruption. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)In the budget “apocalypse," Sitka Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins says, "We’re going to alter the status quo we’ve had in Alaska for the last 40 years."

Weekend oil spill leaves no trace of a culprit

Officials haven’t been able to trace the source of a minor diesel spill in Thomsen Harbor this weekend. Coast Guard MSD Supervisor Mike Wortman said the discharge quantity was less than a gallon and not recoverable.

When you give a middle schooler a microphone…

1-IMG_9498For four days this February (Feb. 16 - Feb. 19, 2015), six students from Blatchley Middle School ventured off campus to learn the craft of radio at the KCAW studios. Yesterday (3-3-15), The Blatchley Variety Show aired in tandem with the Mt. Edgecumbe Radio Club. This 20-minute radio program featured a medley of songs, skits, and student produced news. Drum roll...here it is!