Kevin Knox is the Chair of the Ports and Harbor Commission. The commission serves as an advisory board for the assembly and held its first meeting of the season last night (09-09-15). Knox is seeking commissioners to serve this season, as there are three vacant seats. Downloadable audio.
Sarah Gibson is an oral historian and musician who lives in North Carolina. Gibson is one of six Sitka Fellows in residency this month at the Island Institute this summer. Raised in a rural community in Vermont, Gibson is compelled by land and people, and how the relationship between the two expresses itself in traditional arts and storytelling. Gibson will be leading a how-to oral history workshop tomorrow (09-27-15) at 7 p.m. in Fraser Hall, teaching participants how to do interviews with loved ones and neighbors. Downloadable audio.
Hilary Morgan, the CEO of YWCA Alaska, discusses YWCA Alaska/BP's annual award for women leaders. The Women of Achievement Awards is an annual evening soiree that honors ten Alaskan women who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their professional life, and made contributions to their community. The deadline to nominate a woman of distinction is 5 p.m. today (08-21-15). Morgan also discusses the gender pay gap in Alaska. Downloadable audio.
Nate Barnett is a composer, singer, and music director from Rochester, NY. He is one of six Sitka Fellows in residency at the Island Institute this summer. While in Sitka, Nate is composing a cantata for choir and chamber music inspired by spiritual, non-religious texts. He seeks to create new worship music accessible to all, that brings people together in song regardless of religion or race. Barnett is leading a workshop on music foundations tomorrow (07-30-15) in Fraser Hall on the Sheldon Jackson Campus at 7 p.m. Downloadable audio.
The Sitka Fine Arts Camp's (SFAC) is staging a full-scale production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, with an all-student cast who put the entire show together in two weeks. WT McRae, musical director, said this is the Musical Theater Camp's most ambitious production yet. Two students from the production, Olivia Rivera and Victoria Ingram, play Mrs. Potts and the Wardrobe (aka Madame de la Grande Bouche). SFAC's Beauty and the Beast debuts on Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. Additional performances are at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. Downloadable audio.
Mayor Mim McConnell was joined by City Administrator Mark Gorman to invite Sitkans to participate in a citizens' taskforce (CT) on city services, revenues, and fees. The Assembly directed city staff to set up the task force at the last meeting. According to McConnell and Gorman, the 7-member focus group will include a Chair and Vice Chair and will meet for six months. The group will be tasked with determining Sitka's core services and how to fund those services into the future. Downloadable audio.
Melissa Marconi-Wentzel, the Director with the Sitka Health Summit, invites the citizens of Sitka to participate in a quality of life survey by the end of July. This is the first comprehensive health survey of it's kind in the island city of 9000 year-round residents. The survey is available online through Survey Monkey at this link. Downloadable audio.
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