The CorvidEYE

Slideshow: Derby girls discover ‘internal roar’

150219_DYPDERBY1_woolseyAs part of Discover Your Potential Week at Blatchley Middle School in Sitka, twenty girls joined seventh-grade science teacher Bridgette Whitcomb (aka "The Filthy Oar") and other members of the Sitka Sound Slayers to learn about the sport of flat-track Roller Derby.

Blue Lake Dam: Sitka’s ‘cut the fat hog’

The Blue Lake Dam at work. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Blue Lake Dam site reopened to public access over the weekend (2-14-15), but there isn't much to see. Almost all of the additional 83-feet of dam height is underwater, thanks to an exceptionally wet winter.

Vikings storm Sitka

Petersburg's Colby Bell takes a high pass over Sitka's Jon Jensen and Alex Corak Friday night (2-13-15). (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)In a prelude to regional tournament action next month, the Petersburg Vikings dominated Sitka on Friday 48-33 in boy's basketball. The Wolves were missing several starters, but Petersburg's well-coordinated defense would be tough under any circumstances.

Aiming for laughs

Kristine Banh and Debbie Yearwood. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka High juniors Kristine Banh (standing) and Debbie Yearwood perform a piece called Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts, from the television series Community, during the Sitka Drama, Debate, and Forensics Team's Performance Showcase Friday (2-13-15).

All aboard the Hogwarts Express

23-IMG_0096Last Thursday (2-5-15), staff of the Kettleson Memorial Library transformed the Stratton location into the Hogwarts castle, complete with floating candlesticks, owls, and of course, a competition for the House Cup. The publisher Bloomsbury Children's Books declared February 5th the first "Harry Potter Book Night," an annual event to celebrate the series.

Figure eights on Swan Lake

2015-02-08-616This past Saturday (2-7-15), below freezing temperatures gave ice skaters a solid surface for gliding. Swan Lake turned into a weekend skating rink, as passerby with skates and sneakers alike stepped on to the ice. Photo by Mike Hicks.

Toe-tapping through Sitka Jazz Fest 2015

Violinist Mads Tolling played  variations of traditional Danish music  with his innovative bowing techniques. (Mike Hicks/KCAW photo)This past weekend (Feb. 5, 2015 - Feb. 7, 2015 ), the sounds of brass instruments and scat vocals filled the hallways and concert venues of Sitka.

Community service superstars honored on MLK Day

08-_DSC8602These students were among 30 presented with certificates on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at a ceremony at Blatchley Middle School. The students ranged from Lexie Kennedy in kindergarten to seniors at all three high schools.

Blatchley crowns a spelling bee c-h-a-m-p-i-o-n

Iona Burdick looks on during the Blatchley Middle School Spelling Bee. Her sister Esther competed, along with 32 other students. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Minuscule. Hydroponic. Spoonerism. These and over 100 other words of escalating difficulty were posed before participants at the Blatchley Middle School Spelling Bee.

Russian Orthodox Christmas 2015

2015-01-07-029Wednesday, January 7th was Christmas on the Julian calendar observed by Orthodox churches around the world. St. Michael's Orthodox Cathedral celebrated a "Christmas Vigil" and Holy Communion on Tuesday evening. Photos by Mike Hicks/KCAW.