The CorvidEYE

Made it!

Sixth graders board Bus B after their first day at Blatchley Middle School. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sixth graders board Bus B after making it through their first day at Blatchley Middle School. Today (Wednesday, 8-27-14) was the first day of school for most Sitka students. At Blatchley, it was dedicated to incoming sixth-graders. Seventh- and eighth-graders will start school on Thursday.

Keeping up with mama

A sow and her twin cubs scout a creek bed near Sitka for pink salmon. (Hugh Bevan photo)Sitka trailcam photographer Hugh Bevan caught another striking image at a place not far from Sitka he calls "Scary Creek": a sow and her two cubs taking an evening stroll toward the beach to dine on spawning pink salmon. Bevan's cam, one of several he maintains around Sitka, snapped this picture at 6 PM on August 7, 2014, about 10 miles south of town.

Young voters

Maggie Gallin brought her son, Theo, to the polls on Tuesday, to vote in Alaska's primary election (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)August 19th is primary day in Alaska, and several hard-fought races will come to a head. But in Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall, the election came down to this: neighbors chatting, ballots marked with blue ink, kids introduced to the polls for the first time. At not yet six weeks old, Theo Gallin (pictured with his mother, Maggie) took the prize for perhaps the youngest Sitkan to make it into a voting booth today.

Trail crew

Cassidy Foster, 8, and Skylar Walk, 11, of Kodiak and Charlotte, NC, supplement the masonry on the upper Herring Cove trail. (Bill Foster photo)Repair work to the Herring Cove Trail performed by USFS crews this spring and summer held up well during last weekend's (Aug 9-11, 2014) deluge. The unseasonably wet storm dumped nearly six inches of rain, sending torrents of water down the falls alongside the trail. And thanks to the efforts of spontaneous volunteer workers like Cassidy Foster and Skyler Walk, the rebuilt trail is a little more scenic than the old. The pair lined a short section of trail with a beautiful stone curb.

Good Neighbors!

Dirk and Trish White have owned Harry Race Pharmacy for over two decades.(KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Trish and Dirk White of Harry Race Pharmacy recently returned from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where they picked up a coveted accolade: the 2014 Good Neighbor Pharmacy of the Year Award.

Raising the bar

Alan Maloney competes in the sheaf toss at Sitka Seafood Festival's 2014 Highland Games, sending his bale over the 15 foot bar. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Alan Maloney competes in the men's open sheaf toss at the Sitka Seafood Festival's 2014 Highland Games. The bale, which weighs 16 pounds, easily cleared the 15-foot bar on this toss.

Looking for l’amour

A lone ribbon seal rests on a berg in Prince William Sound on July 9, 2014. The animal is rarely seen beyond the Bering Sea. (US Fish & Wildlife photo)Researchers conducting a bird and mammal survey in Prince William Sound earlier this week (7-9-14) did a double-take when they saw this animal: a ribbon seal, a long way from his home in the Beaufort Sea. His solitude, plus the long white stripe down his back bring to mind Pepé Le Pew, the lovelorn skunk of Merrie Melodies fame. May you find your way home, monsieur seal, and may you find l'amour.

Heartbreaker!

Sitka residents and visitors packed the Bayview Pub on Tuesday to watch the U.S. take on Belgium in the World Cup Round of 16 (KCAW photo / Rachel Waldholz)Sitka residents and visitors alike packed the Bayview Pub on Tuesday to watch the U.S. take on Belgium for a berth in the World Cup quarterfinals. The U.S. lost in a heartbreaker: three goals were scored in extra time, and two of them were Belgian. But as they fought it out in Salvador, Brazil, the U.S. team had the undivided attention of fans 7,000 miles away.

Music on the house

The Sitka Summer Music Festival is part of Southeast Alaska's arts economy, which generated about $60 million in spending in 2013. Here, Artistic Director Zuill Bailey explains some musical backstories at 2014's final concert. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Sunday marked the final public concert of the 43rd annual Sitka Summer Music Festival, titled "Brunch with Schubert." Barbara Hames hosted the event at her Halibut Point Road home, and a sold-out crowd enjoyed a full concert and post-concert brunch buffet of crab cakes, moose sliders and cream-and-berry-stuffed french toast.

Sitka artists spruce up violins for auction

"No Time For Violins (Violence)," created by Suzan Brawlyn. Photo by Greta Mart.

“Fiddle and Drum,” a donated violin decorated by Laura Kaltenstein. Photo by Greta Mart.

About 200 classical music lovers turned out on Wednesday for another free noon concert presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Festival Artistic Director and cellist … more