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A founder’s island

Stef@Brat1Stef Steffen helped found Raven Radio and this year stepped down from the Board of Directors after more than 30 years. From hosting Good Day and Jazz shows, to leading the efforts of two renovations, Stef's energy and commitment to community radio are part of the heartbeat of this station. Stef was the guest "castaway" on Friday, December 27th, bringing his list of ten songs that he would choose to have if stranded, perhaps forever on an island. He would also bring a well-frosted carrot cake. Here is a recording of the show which includes lots of early Raven Radio memories, Stef's list of songs and a link to his dessert of choice. Enjoy!

Sitka sea salt makers win national taste-test award

Jim and Darcy Michener made their first batch of sea salt on their honeymoon.(photo by KCAW's Emily Forman)What do the Space Needle, Sitka Sound Science Center, and Cafe Juanita in Kirkland, Washington have in common? They all carry artisanal salt made by Alaska Pure. The Sitka company’s sea salts are designed around flavors reminiscent of Southeast Alaska. In 2013 their wild blueberry sea salt captured a national taste-test award.

Kake cannery: one of America’s most endangered historic landmarks

Organized Village of Kake Executive Director, Gary Williams, standing outside the Keku cannery.In June, the Keku Cannery in Kake was named one of the 11 most endangered historic places in the country by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The building is an artifact of Alaska’s salmon canning industry and its a reminder of the different people that worked there.

Behind the scenes at Sitka Seafood Fest

Chef Seth Caswell prepares grilled quinoa patties for the Sitka Seafood Fest this Friday and Saturday. Caswell is visiting Sitka from Seattle where he is Executive Chef at Google. (KCAW photo by Erik Neumnn)Chef Seth Caswell prepares grilled quinoa patties for the Sitka Seafood Fest this Friday and Saturday. Caswell is visiting Sitka from Seattle where he is, Executive Chef at Google.

Walter Soboleff Center closer to construction

A drawing of the Walter Soboleff Center shows its structure and facade. Image courtesy Sealaska Heritage Institute.A Southeast Alaska cultural organization has hired a contractor to build a large Native arts and education center in Juneau.

Yakutat to celebrate return of the terns

An Aleutian tern nests near a Yakutat beach. The rare seabirds will be celebrated at this year's Yakutat Tern festival. Image from www.yakutatternfestival.org.Yakutat is gearing up for an influx of birders. They’re coming to the northern Southeast Alaska community to celebrate the return of a somewhat rare seabird.

Celebrate Radio all week on KCAW

Long Live Radio!The Week of Radio Celebration is in full swing! Here's the schedule.

STA expands leadership team

SNEP250The Sitka Tribe of Alaska brought on two new deputy general managers: Tristan Guevin and Thomas Gubatayao. Work began at the beginning of February, but they will be formally introduced at a regular Tribal Council Meeting on Wednesday, Mar. 20.

Our Spring Drive has begun!

Raven Radio Drive Current Total

Raven Radio Spring Drive Current Total[/caption]Raven Radio’s One Day Drive is Friday, April 5th and our goal is $85,000. Please contribute now by clicking here and help us make our goal! Thank you so much!… more

Commissioner sorry for ignoring advisory board

Ferry system General Manager John Falvey looks through paperwork as Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp addresses the Marine Transportation Advisory board Jan. 22, 2013.Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp has apologized for keeping the Marine Highway Advisory Board out of the loop on the Alaska Class Ferry.