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Land swap removes Sitka’s Indian River from Trust’s logging list

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board approved its largest land exchange to date earlier this month (1-3-19), sparing over 400 acres in Sitka's Indian River valley from future logging. Through the deal, up to 40,000 acres of land in and around Southeast communities will change hands between the Trust and the U.S. Forest Service.

Group seeks to join lawsuit between Sitka Tribe and state

A non-profit group wants to join the Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s subsistence herring lawsuit -- as an opponent. The Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance represents commercial herring interests. The organization filed a motion to intervene in the Tribe’s lawsuit against the state Department of Fish & Game and the Board of Fish on Monday

‘Canary Tree’ explores the human relationship to a dying forest

Climate change has been linked to killing at least a million acres of trees across the Pacific Northwest. So one ecologist wondered, for the yellow cedar forests and the people who care about them, what comes after environmental loss?

Amid government shutdown, Sitka businesses step up

January 15th should have been payday for many government employees, but in Sitka and elsewhere federal workers woke up to no deposit in their bank accounts. Local businesses and organizations have been preparing for this moment, and are stepping up in an attempt to offset the economic impact of a zero-dollar payday from one of Sitka’s biggest employers. 

Picture yourself as the KCAW reporter

Raven Radio is hiring a full-time reporter. Alaska is an amazing place for a journalist, and Sitka is in the sweet spot with dynamic municipal and tribal politics, a rich arts and cultural life, a diverse community, awesome natural resources, and a stunning environment. News happens here in an extraordinary way. Just ask Brian Mann (NCPR/NPR), Ed Ronco (KNKX Seattle), Rachel Waldholz (Bosch Fellow, Germany), Emily Kwong (John Alexander Fellow, NPR), or the many other reporters who honed their skills here.

Sitka Jazz Fest features new artists, swing dance party

Mike Kernin joined KCAW's Erin Fulton in the studio to discuss the festival, featuring a three-hour swing dance party at Harrigan Centennial Hall, student workshops, and multiple concerts featuring artists from all over the state and country.

Project Homeless Connect links Sitkans in need to services and resources

Project Homeless Connect, sponsored by Sitka Outreach and Support (SOS), provides support to Sitkans who are homeless or at risk of experiencing homelessness by connecting them to goods and services they need. The event will take on January 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army. 

Sentinel Sports: Crossover basketball sharpens skills for tournament play

Early season crossover play can make a difference for high school basketball teams in small regions, like Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe high schools -- which are the only 3A teams in Region V. 4A Ketchikan will visit in February to take on the Braves. Sentinel Sports editor Klas Stolpe discusses the weekend's basketball results, and previews this week's Mt. Edgecumbe Invitational tournament.

Dillingham well tests positive for PFAS contamination

The Department of Transportation says it was recently alerted to potentially harmful chemicals contaminating a drinking water source near the Dillingham airport. The perflourinated substances, known as PFAS, have been linked to...

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