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Sitka’s health: #2 and looking to improve

After eight months of suspense, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the six winners of the foundation’s nationwide Culture of Health prize. Sitka — unfortunately — didn’t make the list, but healthcare educators say that just being recognized as … more

‘Lefty’ O’Neal: Crossing the color line in the Negro Leagues

Dick "Lefty" O'Neal during a recent visit to Sitka. He never thought he'd write about his experiences in the Negro Leagues, but teammates urged him to do so. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

A little bit of baseball history visited Southeast Alaska this summer. Dick “Lefty” O’Neal is the only person to have crossed baseball’s color line — in the opposite direction. O’Neal is white, but he made his mark in baseball pitching in two of the country’s semi-pro Negro Leagues.He stopped by KCAW during a cruise ship call in Sitka recently, and spoke with Robert Woolsey on the front porch of the Cable House. more

US Chamber won’t pull Sitkans into senate election fight

In addition to becoming involved in key senate elections, Eyler said the US Chamber is actively lobbying on fiscal, energy, and immigration policy. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

The US Chamber of Commerce has thrown its weight behind the effort to unseat Alaska Sen. Mark Begich in this fall’s election. Chris Eyler, the director of the Northwest Region of the US Chamber of Commerce, says not every local chamber agrees with the national organization’s picks. During his presentation Wednesday (6-25-14), Eyler was questioned by the Sitka Chamber about its support of Dan Sullivan. more

Assembly debates how to pay for roads

Sitka has to figure out how to pay for its roads – and soon. That was the message delivered to the Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night. Assembly members discussed a wide range of potential strategies, all aimed at keeping the city from going back to gravel. more

No SE tsunami danger from Aleutians quake

A map from the National Tsunami Warning Center shows the location of Monday's 8.0 magnitude earthquake in the Western Aleutians, indicated by the house. (Map courtesy of NTWC)

A large earthquake in the Aleutians today posed no tsunami danger to Southeast Alaska, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center. The magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck the Aleutians just before 1 p.m. more

Backdoor Cafe changes hands

"This is people’s office, home away from home, living room, den, social place," says Jeff Budd, of the Backdoor Cafe. "It is part of the social fabric here." (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

This week marked the changing of the guard at a downtown Sitka institution. After eighteen years, the Backdoor Café is in new hands. And the owners say the new Backdoor will be the same as the old Backdoor — only better. more

School Board approves new K-8 math programs

The change was prompted by Alaska’s switch to new Common Core standards, which call for introducing concepts anywhere from one to two years ahead of when they are taught now. more

Three Sitka artists, three grants…one surname

Sitka artist Dave Galanin in his studio. Photo by Greta Mart.

Last month, the Rasmuson Foundation announced the recipients of this year’s individual artist awards and grants. Several Sitka artists were on that list, and three of them share the same last name. KCAW’s Greta Mart recently caught up with them … more

No size limits for Silver Bay kings in June, July

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game is eliminating size limits for king salmon caught by sport fishermen in Sitka’s Silver Bay, so anglers can target more of the fish returning to Medvejie Hatchery. more

Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Sitka evacuated a 23-year-old man from a cruise ship near Glacier Bay on Thursday. The man, a crewmember on the ship, had come down with symptoms that looked like appendicitis. more