The CorvidEYE

A Veterans Day reflection

The Sitka National Cemetary on Veterans Day, 2014. (photo by Mike Hicks)Sitka's National Cemetery is older than Veterans Day itself. While the cemetery was established in the late 1800s, Veterans Day began as Armistice Day in 1919, marking the end of hostilities in WWI, "the war to end all wars."

A whale of a good time

From left, Kammie Daniels, Cara Brenton and Ted Howard perform Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay. (photo by Mike Hicks)Sitkans and visitors alike packed the seats in Harrigan Centennial Hall on Friday night for the Maritime Grind, which accompanied this year's Whalefest. Kammie Daniels, Cara Brenton and Ted Howard rocked the house with their rendition of Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay.

Sun and rain lead heritage parade

Sunny (l) and Rainy (r) McClenahan beat drums to herald the beginning of Heritage Month (Mike Hicks/KCAW photo)Rainy and Sunny, a brother and sister duo, beat drums while leading the "Honoring Our Elders" parade. The procession kicks off November celebrations for Native American Heritage Awareness Month. On Friday (10-31-14), President Barack Obama issued a proclamation to recognize the month, as American presidents have done since 1990.

Sitka Sound Science Center opens renovated doors

The Sitka Sound Science Center celebrated the newly renovated Sage Building on Saturday morning. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka's Alaska Day celebrations got underway early Saturday morning (10-18-14) with a ribbon cutting at the Sitka Sound Science Center to celebrate the renovation of the center's Sage Building. The building has a new roof, new windows, and a newly repaired exterior -- the glass for the front doors arrived late Friday night, just in time to open them to the public on Saturday morning.

Let there be light

While it's not exactly Scorsese, it is history. Sitka municipal administrator Mark Gorman made a short video Thursday (10-2-14) as engineers spin up the #5 turbine in the new Blue Lake Powerhouse. For a brief time, #5 was contributing electricity to the Sitka grid. Ultimately, the three turbines will generate a combined 18 megawatts for the system -- by sometime in November, if all goes well.

Termination dust, in verse

Clarence Kramer Peak reflected in Beaver Lake. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)More so than any particular date on the calendar, natural events mark the seasons in Southeast Alaska. The arrival of herring in the spring, the first hummingbirds, the salmon run, flocks of Canada geese and swans headed south, and finally this lovely sugar-coating of snow called "termination dust."

Dancing for two decades

The Naa Kahidi dancers celebrated their 20th anniversary on Saturday (photo by Anne Brice)The Naa Kahidi Dancers performed at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi on Saturday to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary. The Naa Kahidi Dancers were founded in 1994 by Chuck Miller, who began dancing when he was three years old, in the Sitka Native Education Program. "When I dance, when I put on my regalia, it feels like my ancestors are running through my veins," he said.

Bridge under troubled waters

The Indian River around 5 PM Saturday (9-6-14). Park staff closed the trail shortly after this picture was taken. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Ordinarily a quiet, clear stream, Sitka's Indian River became a frothy mocha after an all-day downpour dumped almost 3-and-a-half inches of rain in 12 hours. The river crested its banks around mid-day, putting one bridge in the Sitka National Historical Park completely under water.

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.