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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.

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.