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The CorvidEYE: Where’s Mr. Joe?
Students in Sarah Eddy’s first grade class at Baranof Elementary enjoy ice cream and the miniature Lego amusement park in the window of Harry Race Pharmacy and Soda Fountain in downtown Sitka. The students had just finished a field trip caroling at the Pioneer Home across the street. Eddy’s husband,
Assembly gives go-ahead for Blue Lake water filtration plant
The Sitka Assembly voted, last night, to move forward with the development of a secondary water treatment plant. The resolution, which narrowly passed 4-2, is expected to cost the city $18 million, though rate increases have been in place to help fund the planned project for months. KCAW’s Katherine
Special guitar amps are a Douglas man's passion project
DOUGLAS, Alaska (AP) - Reber Stein set out to learn how to play guitar, but instead discovered how to make amplifiers. More than a decade ago, Stein bought a guitar and an amp in an effort to learn how to play. When something went wrong with Stein’s amp, he had to send it out of state for repairs. T
SEARHC land transfer bill ready for President’s signature
A bill transferring 19 acres of federal land on Japonski Island in Sitka to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has passed the US House of Representatives, and is on its way to the White House for the President’s signature.
Blatchley students celebrate ‘Colors of our Community’ with art installation
Students from Blatchley Middle School joined KCAW’s Brooke Schaefer in the studio to discuss a student-led visual arts project celebrating diversity in our community. The installation, called “Colors of Our Community” will be curated by students with support of local artists.
Boys Run 5K set for Saturday, December 15
SAFV’s Boys Run Program is gearing up for its annual 5K Fun Run, 10 a.m. Saturday, December 15. This year’s theme is Color Run! Participants in grades 3 through 5 and coaches discuss what they have learned this year, and invite Sitka to join their celebration this weekend. Boys Run is a spinoff of t
Holiday stress can exacerbate domestic violence, advocates say
While Sitkans are counting down the days to the winter holiday, local advocates for victims of domestic violence are getting ready to work overtime. What is supposed to be a season of joy can actually increase the risk of abuse for many reasons.
Enrollment drop pushes Sitka’s schools into $100,000 deficit
After an unanticipated enrollment drop this school year, the Sitka School Board will be forced to make a significant budget adjustment in January. District superintendent Mary Wegner told the school board at its regular December meeting (12-5-18), that the latest dip in enrollment coincided with the
The troubling rise in domestic violence over the holidays
Peg Blumer, with Sitkans Against Family Violence, and Sitka Police sergeant Gary Cranford say that the rise in domestic violence is noticeable around the holidays. Financial stress, family demands, and other factors can contribute to emotional abuse — and even physical abuse. The SAFV Shelter is ava
Sentinel Sports: Girls, boys excel at Region V Wrestling tourney
Daily Sitka Sentinel sports editor Klas Stolpe attended the Region V Wrestling tourney in Juneau over the weekend and reports Mt. Edgecumbe High School and Sitka High will be represented at the state meet this weekend — by both girls and boys. With KCAW’s Robert Woolsey.
Second-graders campaign to collect food for Sitka hungry
SITKA, Alaska (AP) - A second-grade class is helping feed hungry people in Sitka. The children at Keet Gooshi Heen (KEET-GOO-shee-HEEN) Elementary School are participating in a project to collect food that will be donated to the Salvation Army.
Assembly hears update on hospital negotiations, considers raise for firefighters
The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday heard an update from consultant Steve Huebner on negotiations between the city and SEARHC over the potential acquisition of Sitka Community Hospital. Huebner said the first negotiating team meeting took place on December 6th, but Richard Wein was unhappy with the locati
State to allow higher herring harvest next year, STA promises ‘drastic action’
Despite a poor season last spring, the forecast for the 2019 Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery is up. Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game expect a spawning biomass of just over 64,000 tons of herring in S.
Report names Alaska No. 1 in protecting kids from tobacco
A report issued Dec. 14 by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association and Truth Initiative, among other public health groups, ranked Alaska No. 1 in the nation for funding programs that protect high-school aged kids against tobacco use and help current smokers quit.
There’s A Popcorn Emporium In This One Alaska Town And It’s Downright Amazing
Who doesn’t love popcorn? Popcorn is one of those timeless treats that seems to never get old. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, this salty (or sweet, if that’s your thing) delicacy is simply irresistible. If you consider yourself a popcorn lover, then you’ll definitely want to check out t
Auditions set next weekend for ‘9 to 5’
Sitka Community Theater producer Shannon Haugland says her organization is gearing up for ‘9 to 5: Music by Dolly Parton!’ which will be staged in March. Auditions are 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 16th and 6 p.m. on Monday, December 17th at the Rasmuson Center on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus. All newcom
Sitka entrepreneur rolls out an aviation revolution in the baggage bin
In Sitka, a baggage handler — or “ramper,” as they’re known in the airline business — has designed and built a piece of equipment he hopes revolutionizes the way luggage moves inside an airplane, and spares the people who move it a lifetime of pain.
CYD teams net Icebreaker titles
Haines Community Youth Development (CYD) boys' and girls' basketball teams took home championship titles in last weekend's Icebreaker Tournament, held at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School in Juneau.
Sentinel Sports: State volleyball tournament goes on amid aftershocks
Klas Stolpe with the Daily Sitka Sentinel talks with Sitka resident Keith Perkins about riding out Friday’s earthquake (11-30-18) in Anchorage. The sports official had a meeting in Anchorage on Sunday (12-02-18) as part of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame selection committee. He decided he would go up
PHS wrestlers head to regional meet in Juneau after matches in Sitka
Petersburg High School’s wrestling team traveled to Sitka for matches against Sitka High and Mt Edgecumbe wrestlers Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Eight Vikings made the trip for the last wrestling before the regional meet. Joe Viechnicki spoke with coach Dan van Swearingen about his team’s performa