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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

Catalytic converters

The Catalyst Quartet plays their arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations at Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall. From left: Jessie Montgomery, Karla Donehew-Perez, Karlos Rodriguez, and Paul Laraia. (Rachel Waldholz / KCAW)Thursday's "Bach's Lunch" from the Sitka Summer Music Festival featured the Catalyst Quartet, which has collaborated to arrange Bach's Goldberg Variations for string quartet. In the process, said festival artistic director Zuill Bailey, they've transformed the classic into "truly new music."

Paddling to the party

Three canoes left Kake this morning, starting a week-long trip to Juneau for Celebration 2014. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Jackson)Three canoes left Kake this morning; a week from now, they'll land in Juneau ten canoes strong. The week-long trek to Celebration 2014 is organized by the One People Canoe Society. Paddlers from Kake, Ketchikan and Wrangell will be joined by canoes from Sitka, Angoon, Hoonah, Yakutat and Haines. So what prompts people to pick up a paddle? It's about "getting back to their roots," says Alicia Chilton, who is skippering the Wrangell canoe. "Or maybe finding them."

Finals bound

Sitka's Ky Stockel lays down a bunt against Juneau Friday evening (5-30-14). The Wolves' 6-2 win earned them a spot in the Region V title game. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka Wolves baseball team moved into the finals of the Region V Tournament with a 6-2 win over the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears Friday evening (5-30-14). Senior Erikson Fish pitched a complete game for the Wolves, who will face either Juneau or Petersburg in the finals Saturday afternoon (5-31-14) at 3 PM.

‘Never again’

Sitka residents gathered in Totem Square to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah.Monday, April 28th, was Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah. About thirty people gathered in Sitka’s Totem Square in a light rain as St. Michael’s Cathedral tolled its bells. Residents paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, but also remembered more recent genocides, in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia -- and spoke about the struggle to keep the vow that came out of the ashes of World War II: never again.

Animals on parade!

140425_animalsThe 13th Annual Parade of the Species took place today, starting at Pioneer Square and ending at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Participants (both kids and adults) dressed up as their favorite animals and took to the streets in celebration of Earth Day.