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Is the Tongass key to slowing climate change?

A clearcut north of Angoon is green with small second-growth trees. Environmental groups are calling for an end to old-growth clearcuts. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)The Tongass National Forest is in the crosshairs of environmental organizations again. Two large coalitions are pressuring the Obama administration to stop all old-growth logging, in part to fight climate change.

30-year-old buried TNT on Lance Drive

The eastern end of Lance Drive. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Explosives found last week at the end of Lance Drive in Sitka turned out to be no longer dangerous -- in fact, bomb experts believe that they had already detonated underground years ago.

Denied promotion, Leone thanks rescuers and moves on

Lt. Lance Leone, right, hugs Darryl Penn, a La Push resident who helped rescue him from a helicopter crash. Leone visited La Push at the fourth anniversary of the July 7, 2010 crash. (Photo: Ed Ronco/KPLU)On July 7, 2014, KCAW News broadcast a special report from the Center for Investigative Reporting on the aftermath of the crash of Coast Guard helicopter 6017, and its impact on the culture of accountability in the Coast Guard. On the same day, the co-pilot and lone survivor, Lt. Lance Leone, revisited the crash site to talk with the Quileute Tribe fishermen who pulled him from the ocean. Former KCAW reporter Ed Ronco accompanied Leone on his return to La Push, Washington -- his last as an officer in the Coast Guard.

Fiber optic cable suspected in communication outage

quakeMother Nature rattled Northern Southeast this morning (7-25-14) with and magnitude 5.9 earthquake and several dozen aftershocks. The quake appeared to have damaged internet and cell service to thousands of Southeast residents. Service providers suspect damage to an underwater fiber-optic cable, but the cable's owner, Alaska Communications Systems, has not released any information.

Happy campers ride out quake at Shelikov beach

Mamie (l.) and Leone Clare, and their mom, Krisanne Rice, on the Starrigavan boat ramp. At first, Mamie thought the quake might have been a bear shaking the cabin.Most Southeast Alaskans slept through Friday morning’s (7-25-14) magnitude 5.9 earthquake, but there were plenty who didn’t. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey spoke with a few people around the region who were jolted awake in the wee hours by the quake and its many aftershocks -- including some very happy campers.

Bomb team investigates Lance Drive cache

After a Sitka homeowner unearths suspicious wires, local officials call in a military explosives squad to investigate.

Earthquake felt in Southeast Alaska, no tsunami expected

quakeUPDATE 10:47 AM FRI JUL 25, 2014 An early morning earthquake today is causing widespread communications problems in Southeast Alaska. Both Alaska Communications and AT&T wireless and internet services were affected. A recorded message on ACS’s customer services line says the outage is affecting some customers in Southeast. “This is our highest priority and we are working to restore service as quickly as possible,” the message said. ACS spokeswoman Hannah Blankenship says crews are still working to determine which networks were affected by the quake. An AT&T representative could not be reached for comment. Revised figures from the Alaska Earthquake Information Center put the quake’s magnitude at 5.9. It struck about 97 miles west of Juneau at a depth of about 6 miles. It was followed by several aftershocks. The largest was magnitude 5.7.

How many people can the planet hold?

Alan Weisman is one of the faculty at this year's Sitka Symposium. (Photo courtesy of the Island Institute)What would the world look like if every human on the planet suddenly vanished? Alan Weisman set out to answer that question, traveling the globe to find out what would happen if nature were suddenly left to its own devices.

Luis Urrea opens his heart to Sitka

Luis Urrea on the Sheldon Jackson Campus. (KCAW Photo/Greta Mart)Luis Alberto Urrea’s writing was rejected for 10 years before a New York publisher took his first book in 1993. Since then Urrea - currently in town for the Sitka Symposium - has won a slew of prestigious awards, and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Sturges finds music in life’s final verses

Molly Sturges leading a Sitka Symposium session. (Photo by Christine Davenport)Composer and artistic director Molly Sturges is one of this year’s faculty at the Sitka Symposium. KCAW interviewed Sturges to learn more about one of her specialities, “sound poetry events.”