The CorvidEYE

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.

Holiday cheer!

photo 2A decorated tree alongside one of Sitka's trails...this one is in the muskeg along the recently renovated Cross Trail section between Indian River and the Gavan Trail. The holiday season continues through Russian Orthodox Christmas on Wednesday, January 7th.

Boat parade fills Sitka waters with light

Paul Norwood strings lights aboard the Fucus. (Mike Hicks/KCAW photo)To mark the longest night of the year, boats decorated with lights floated serenely through Sitka Harbor on Sunday (12-21-14).

Thanksgiving dinner with 400+ guests

Servers carried plates of turkey and mashed potatoes from the kitchen and called out, "Who needs to be fed?" Hands shot up. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)On Thursday (11-27-14), families and friends flowed through ANB Hall for a community Thanksgiving meal.

Bird banding

A student in the Sitka Conservation Society's 4H program holds a junco. (Photo by Bethany Goodrich, Sitka Conservation Society)Forest Service technician Gwen Baluss visited Sitka this month to band and measure juncos and other songbirds -- with some help from local students.

Honoring elders one drum beat at a time

Madison Roy-Mercer performs with the Naa Kahidi Dancers at a ceremony to honor elders. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo).On Saturday (11-18-14), over 70 elders were the guests of honor at a shared meal of herring eggs and venison stew at Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Community House.

Strength meets spirit at 5K Boys Run

Silas Demmert crosses the 5K finish line as Mandy Evans cheers him on. Demmert is part of SAFV's Boys Run program. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)On Saturday (11-15-14), the first class of Boys Run crossed the 5K finish line at Crescent Harbor shelter. The dual running and lifestyle program is designed to instill in young men a culture of respect and nonviolence.

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.