Month: December 2008

Assembly votes against matching grant for Sitka Historic Preservation Commission

The announcement from the National Geographic Society listing Sitka as one of the world's top historic destinations was not enough to persuade the Sitka assembly to put up $10,000 in matching funds for the Sitka Historic Preservation Commission. Chair Peter Gorman says it took five years for the commission to win the $25,000 grant from the state, which requires a 40% match.

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Dauenhauers' "Battle of Sitka" wins nat'l literary honor

Richard and Nora Marks Dauenhauer have won a 2008 American Book Award for their latest publication "Anóoshi Lingít Aaní Ká: Russians in Tlingit America, The Battles of Sitka 1802 and 1804."
As KCAW’s Robert Woolsey reports, the Dauenhauers, along with their co-editor, the late Lydia Black, have compiled what is likely the most diverse examination to-date of the struggle for control of Southeast Alaska:

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Dauenhauer: Oral tradition sheds light on Sitka battle

Extended interview with Richard Dauenhauer, co-editor along with Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Lydia Black, of "Anóoshi Lingít Aaní Ká: Russians in Tlingit America, The Battles of Sitka 1802 and 1804," winner of the 2008 American Book Award. With KCAWs Robert Woolsey.

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Nat'l Geo rates Sitka among top historic destinations

The National Geographic Society has named Sitka as one of the world’s top historic destinations. The Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations has compiled a list of 109 historic sites including Ancient Nara, Japan, Sydney Harbor, Australia, and downtown Boston. Sitka is the only Alaskan community on the list. At 48th, it scores just behind Alexandria, Virgina, and ahead of Antiqua, Guatemala.

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Hospital board opts for private management company

The hospital board on Thursday (12-18-08) decided to enter into negotiations with Tennessee-based Quorum Health Resources for the management of Sitka Community Hospital. KCAWs Robert Woolsey discussed the possible pros and cons of the $300-thousand dollar contract with board president Jeff Johnston.

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