Month: June 2013

Fri Jun 28, 2013

Charles “Chuck” Baker, 82, dies from injuries sustained in Sitka ammonia leak. A more holistic approach to chronic disease prevention. Public comment period open for halibut catch share plan. SEAPA updates Petersburg on proposed Kake power line.

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Bauer: Creating the environment for good health

Ursula_Bauer_115If you are sick and not feeling well, Dr. Ursula Bauer can’t do anything to make you better. But she IS doing a lot to help shape the policies and programs that may keep you from getting sick in the first place. Bauer works at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, where she’s head of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention. She was in Sitka this week (6-26-13) to visit SEARHC and to assess the impact of the $2.4-million the CDC grants to prevention programs like Women’s Health, cancer screening, tobacco cessation, and diabetes prevention.

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Yakutat gold boom goes bust

An Oklahoma company’s plan to mine gold from a large area around Yakutat is dead and buried. But there’s still interest in smaller operations near the northern Southeast community.

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Backyard boatbuiding in Sitka

Sitka’s rich history of wooden boat building began with the sturdy, ocean-going dugout canoes of local Natives, and peaked in the early 20th Century, when the harbors were filled with wooden trollers, seiners, and seal boats. But Sitkan Mark Howey sees wooden boats differently.

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Melissa Kraut: Cello for the cool

Sitka Summer Music Festival cellist Melissa Kraut says performers who choose her instrument are cool, and tend to get along well together. Kraut is on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She’ll be performing this Friday.

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Thu Jun 27, 2013

Backyard craftsman connects to Sitka’s historic boat-building tradition. Sitka Assembly approves deals with two unions representing city employees. Supreme Court ruling on Defense of Marriage Act welcomed by same-sex Juneau couple. Sentencing delayed for Petersburg man accused of assaulting police officers. Leonard Nimoy visit aboard cruise ship excites Ketchikan Trekkies.

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Contracts approved, but called ‘unsustainable’

City of Sitka employees belonging to two unions have a new contract. The Assembly approved deals with the Alaska State Employees Association and the Public Safety Employees Association, five days before their contracts were set to expire on June 30.

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‘Jazz on the Waterfront’ a blast from the past

Sitka Fine Arts Camp director Roger Schmidt says he’s ready to “party into the night” at this year’s Jazz on the Waterfront (7 PM Sat Jun 29, Allen Hall, $65 at Old Harbor Books or online). A twenty-piece orchestra featuring Kyle Athade on trumpet will play jazz classics from the 1930s.

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