Author: Rachel Cassandra, KCAW

Tracking Domestic Violence in Sitka

According to the Alaska Victimization Study, almost half of women in Sitka have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. But SAVF —Sitkans Against Family Violence—has found that most men in Sitka have a low awareness of this violence. So Martina Kurzer of SAVF spent six months tracking local incidents of domestic violence.

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Drag show brings gender play to Sitka

Drag shows are an important part of queer culture all over the world. On August 4, 2018, Sitka had its very first show. Although it was a bit of a risk, the producers and performers believe the show was a huge hit, and a welcome success for Sitka’s queer community.

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Counting critters in the kelp forest

The kelp forests in Sitka Sound are rich ecosystems, full of animals that feed on seaweed. The Sitka Sound Science Center is hosting researchers from the University of California Santa Cruz who are examining these forests.

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Outer Coast pilots college program with high schoolers

An organization called Outer Coast is gearing up to start a new two year college on the Sheldon Jackson College campus in Sitka. Their first step, this year, is to test out the curriculum and administration on a group of rising high school juniors and seniors.

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Glam emoji take over the library :-)

July 17th was World Emoji Day and fittingly, Sitka Public Library recently had a “glam emoji” workshop. Maite Lorente Rial runs youth programs there. The glam emoji class is just one of many things she does to make the library a welcome place to its millenial patrons.

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First Presbyterian Church has last service

Sitka’s First Presbyterian Church held its final service on Sunday, July 8, 2018 before closing its doors permanently. One of Sitka’s oldest religious institutions, the church has struggled as its congregation has aged, and attendance has dwindled.

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