The CorvidEYE

Reporter class

KCAW news fellow Emily Forman (l) and reporter Rachel Waldholz discuss reporting technique with NPR's Sonari Glinton. (KCAW photo/Shady Grove Oliver)Good reporters are made, not born. Once a year journalists across the state convene at the Alaska Press Club conference to discuss literally everything under the bright Anchorage sun. This year, NPR's Western Bureau chief Jason DeRose and business reporter Sonari Glinton spent two days in workshops with reporters teaching the craft of broadcast journalism. KCAW's Rachel Waldholz and Emily Forman were at the head of the class!

Let’s Play Ball!

LL opening ceremony 2014Sitka Little League softball and baseball players, coaches, officials and fans gathered on Saturday at Moller Field to celebrate the opening day of the 2014 season. This is the 51st year for Little League in Sitka with over 350 youth signed up to play ball this year. Games for some divisions began April 19 and will continue through June. For more information visit

Spawn on

Aerial view of the Starrigavan boat launch, looking south. (ADF&G photo)After a week or so of relative quiet, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game observed nearly 3 miles of active herring spawn in Sitka Sound over the weekend. Area management biologist Dave Gordon reported spawning in Starrigavan, Mosquito Cove, Fred's Creek, Hayward Strait, and Salisbury Sound.

March for R-E-S-P-E-C-T

From left: Mt. Edgecumbe High School senior Kayleen Teeluk, Sitka High School sophomore Mackenzie Whitson, and Mt. Edgecumbe juniors Mikaela Hunter and Reba Dundas led the 2014 Choose Respect march down Lincoln Street in Sitka. (KCAW Photo/Rachel Waldholz)Students from Mt. Edgecumbe and Sitka High Schools joined community members, Sitka's domestic violence task force, and a contingent of State Troopers, among others, as they marched through downtown on Thursday (3-27-14), as part of the 5th annual "Choose Respect" rally to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Herring high

Herring are caught on the water, obviously, but they're spotted from the air. In addition to the 48 seine boats and dozen or more tenders, the Sitka Sac Roe fishery is notable for the number of aircraft that participate. This footage was shot by spotter Kevin Knox during the 2014 season opener on March 20, above Starrigavan Bay, looking north into Katlian Bay.

Herring child

Eric and Erin Matthes brought their son, Ever, to join dozens of Sitkans watching the opening of the sac roe herring season on Thursday (3-20-14). Ever is a true "herring baby," said his parents. Born during herring season, he'll turn three on Friday. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Eric and Erin Matthes brought their son, Ever, to join the dozens of Sitkans who lined Halibut Point Road to watch the opening of the sac roe herring season on Thursday. Ever is a true "herring baby," said his parents. Born during herring season, he'll turn three on Friday.

Rock the Mock

SHS_Mock_fea.jpgThe Sitka High Mock Trial team took second-place in the statewide Mock Trial competition in Anchorage last weekend, falling to giant West Anchorage High. Coach Howard Wayne says his team -- which has three foreign exchange students -- won verdicts in nearly every trial.

Arts and crafts

20140302_WearableArts_Waldholz_1Participants in Sitka's sixth annual Wearable Arts show flaunted their homemade haute couture before a sold-out crowd at Harrigan Centennial Hall on Saturday night. Local artists made outfits out of plastic bags, old jeans, and rubber tubing -- plus one set of chain-mail armor constructed from more than 4,000 soda can pull-tabs. Click through to see the full slideshow.

Free light show; look up

The northern lights in Sitka. (KCAW photo/by Rebecca Laguire)Did you catch the show last night? In case you missed it, or couldn't escape the city lights, here's a glimpse of the Northern Lights captured by KCAW's Rebecca LaGuire. Rumor has it that an equally, if not more, brilliant display will take place this evening. It's worth trekking off the beaten path - more fodder for bragging to family and friends in the lower 48!

Make the dragon fly

The Mayo family performs a traditional dragon dance for Chinese New Year. (KCAW photo/Emily Forman)What does it take to bring a Chinese New Year celebration to Sitka? A trip to Beijing to learn Tai Chi and fall in love with Summer. Or, at least that was Michael Mayo's route. Michael and Summer met in Beijing in 2001. Summer has been a Sitka resident for the past four years, and is now a member of the Mayo family. She says she typically travels home to Beijing for the Chinese New Year, but this year she wanted to share the tradition with the community that she has grown to love.