Alice Pung's parents fled the Killing Fields of Cambodia and landed in Australia. Her memoir of resettlement in Australia — as seen through the experiences of her family — came out in 2007. "Unpolished Gem" catapulted the young attorney to literary prominence in her family's new home. Pung, and Island Institute co-director Carolyn Servid, joined KCAW's Robert Woolsey to discuss "Unpolished Gem" and other recent work.Read More
Month: November 2009
Mark Gorman's last day of work for SEARCH was September 30. About a week later, the former vice president of Community Health was working in Padang, Sumatra providing relief to earthquake victims. Gorman talks with KCAW's Robert Woolsey about his rapid transition to a new career in global relief work (extended interview).Read More
The state of Alaska is urging residents to get the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, when it becomes more widely available.
Dr. Joe McLaughlin is the chief of the Alaska Section of Epidemiology. He is the sharp-end of the state’s media campaign to inform Alaskans about how to handle the H1N1 pandemic.
The state is publishing a two-page insert in newspapers across the state this week, including the Daily Sitka Sentinel tomorrow (Thursday 11-19-09).
McLaughlin says a consistent theme in the concerns of residents across the state is the safety of the vaccine. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey spoke with Dr. McLaughlin by phone from Anchorage about the H1N1 vaccine, and other issues surrounding the swine flu pandemic (extended interview):
Some restoration has long been part of the program in the Tongass – but it’s never been the mandate. Unlike other lower 48 forests, much of the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s vision for economic opportunity in the Tongass remains just that: vision. As a result, a restoration project for Ocean Boulevard near Sitka has been criticized for its high cost ($677-thousand dollars), its small size (238 acres), and the fact that there is no market for the young trees and slash it will produce.
Ken Coffin is the former supervisory biologist for the Sitka Ranger District. He spoke with KCAW’s Robert Woolsey about how so-called “stewardship sales” like Ocean Boulevard mark an important turning point for the Forest Service and the forest: