The Admiralty Island village of Angoon has received nearly 2 million dollars in federal funding to build a visitor center. The relief money is meant to combat economic impacts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Local leaders hope it will boost a homegrown cultural tourism industry.
The Sitka School Board approved almost $900,000 in CARES Act relief spending when it met last Wednesday (5-5-21), on everything from additional staff to copy machines. The board’s only hesitation came from knowing that the money was not yet in the bank.
Alaska’s visitor industry is holding out hope that large cruise ships may be allowed to sail sometime this season -- possibly by July. But Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan says it would require policy changes on both sides of the US- Canada border for that to happen, and time is tight.
The state is prepared to roll out another round of vaccinations when the FDA approves use of the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 and up. At a teleconference with the state’s top health officials on Thursday (5-6-21), Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said they would start vaccinating kids as soon as next week.
A special KCAW series on affordable housing solutions
Sitka resident Victoria Compton, her partner and their two dogs started looking for a place to live months ago, after their landlord decided to sell. As part of Building Solutions, a special series on affordable housing, Compton spoke with KCAW’s Erin McKinstry about the struggle to find housing in her hometown.
School is just letting out for the summer, so it may seem early to think about fall preschool. But enrollment is already open for children ages 3 to 5 for Sitka's Wooch.een Preschool. Kari Sagel and Kelly Peranto joined KCAW's Peter Apathy to talk about the benefits of preschool and how to register.
As summer approaches, Sitka is coming alive. The Tongass is abuzz with birds and insects. Flowers are blooming, and the forest floor is blanketed with green. Sitka Trail Works is gearing up for a full summer season of hiking trips. Lee House and Lynne Brandon joined KCAW's Erin Fulton to talk about summer hike offerings, Sitka Trail Works' projects including the Cross Trail expansion, and a look toward the future.
Raven Radio is excited to welcome Tash Kimmell as our next "Report for America" journalist beginning in June, 2021. Tash is a Journalism graduate of the University of Oregon. She'll take over the reins from our current RFA, Erin McKinstry.
Alaskans are celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May. Today, Alaskans of Asian and Pacific Island descent are an integral part of the state’s communities and culture and are thriving in local...
Like other parts of the country, Asian immigrants have a long history in Alaska. Besides building railroads and working in mines, they also played a major role in the cannery industry. As Alaska Public Media’s Jeff Chen reports,...