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Quorum offers to aid Sitka Community Hospital's transition to SEARHC - KCAW

SEARHC’s proposal to take over Sitka Community Hospital includes leasing the city-owned facility for five years, until it replaces its own, 70-year old facility pictured above. (SEARHC photo)

KCAW.ORG - 2018-08-15 02:07:03

Tracking Domestic Violence in Sitka - KCAW

Martina Kurzer has light brown hair cut short, a broad smile, and a palpable passion for educating the public about domestic violence. She calls it “interpersonal abuse” or “interpersonal violence” because many people think domestic sounds outdated. She meets with me in KCAW’s studio and shares the


Have an eye on the sky? Become a weather spotter for Sitka! - KCAW

Weather spotters report severe and hazardous weather conditions to the National Weather Service (NWS), helping meteorologists with their forecast decisions. Voveris talks with KCAW’s Katherine Rose about this critical role and the process of becoming a volunteer from the Sitka area. “We’d really lik

KCAW.ORG - 2018-08-14 20:24:39

Drag show brings gender play to Sitka - KCAW

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. Two headliners — both professional


Record attendance for open water swim challenge in Sitka - KCAW

The 2018 “Change Your Latitude, 57° North” Open Water Challenge will be held August 12th at the beach beside the Sitka Sound Science Center. In its ninth year, this is the Northernmost open ocean race in the United States. Race organizer Kevin Knox was joined for the Morning Interview by visiting sw


Delicious & Sustainable: Sitka festival celebrates seafood

It was a rare sunny day in Sitka, and the town’s residents had turned out for the annual Sitka Seafood Festival. Screams and splashes resound through the harbor, where people were swimming and paddling in fish tote races. The aromas of freshly grilled wild salmon and marinated black cod tips wafted


Murkowski: Weeks to go before she states position on nominee | Newstalk 750 - 103.7 KFQD

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, speaks to reporters on Day Three of the government shutdown, after attending a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


Murkowski: Weeks to go before she states position on nominee

SITKA, Alaska (AP) - Don’t expect U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee anytime soon.The Alaska Republican told a chamber of commerce audience in Sitka that there are “many more weeks to go” before she will publicly weigh in on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomin


1867: An Important Year for the Town & the Nation

On October 18, 1867, the United States took possession of Alaska from Russia in a ceremony in the town of Sitka, AK. The purchase increased the size of the U.S. by almost 20 percent. While it remained unnoticed for almost three decades, a major gold deposit was discovered in the 1890s marking the be


Hot metal slag to blame for fire at old recycling building

Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighters battle structure fire early Thursday at the former recycling center at the Juneau landfill. (Photo courtesy Fire Marshal Daniel Jager)Hot metal slag likely ignited combustible materials and caused a fire early Thursday at the Juneau landfill.Capital City Fire/Re


Woman admits to collecting unemployment payments while employed

Naomi Faith Weitzel, 42, pleaded guilty July 31 to second-degree theft as part of a plea agreement, according to the release. Weitzel was employed at the time she was collecting unemployment benefits, the release states, and Juneau District Court Judge Keith Levy ordered that she pay $15,048 in rest


Election 2018: Retired teacher Sara Hannan isn’t too tired to run

On Aug. 21,Sara Hannanwill be on the primary Election Day ballot for House District 33, continuing an effort inspired by this year’s Women’s March.


Drunk driver smashes into middle school

On the front of the gym, there stood the sign of a much larger maintenance project — large pieces of wood covering the heavily damaged wall. At about 6 p.m. July 31, Juneau Police Department Lt. Krag Campbell said, 41-year-old Billie Kanouse crashed a red 2006 Jeep into the gym as Kanouse was droppi


Owners of demolished 'public nuisance' apartments to pay $1.5M in settlement

According to court documents, the Barretts will pay the settlement in installments with the entire amount due before the end of December 2020. The first payment of $100,000 is due within 10 business days.


Demolition efforts spark fire at former recycling building

Just after 5 a.m. Thursday, a Waste Management employee was on his way to work when he saw smoke in the area of the building, CCFR Assistant Chief Tod Chambers said. The employee went over to the building, which is located behind the main Waste Management building in the 5600 block of Tonsgard Court


Juneau at odds with owners of driveway through city park

KTOO Public Media in Juneaureportsthe city Parks and Recreation Department has $90,000 to spend on rebuilding the playground in Chicken Yard Park, but it considering scrapping the park unless the driveway issue is resolved.


Owners of demolished apartments to pay $1.5M to Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau announced the settlement last week, ending its litigation to recoup the nearly $1.6 million spent on demolishing the building in January 2016, the Juneau Empirereported.


Smoking cruise ship in Juneau

Sunday morning dawned clear and windless. A perfect day in Juneau. Enter the Radiance of the Sea, a cruise ship with a passenger capacity of 3,000.


Petersburg assembly starts discussion on plastic bag ban - KFSK

“You know there responsible people that will use the plastic bags for multiple uses, take out their garbage, pick up their dog poop, whatever but the majority have so many of these, they get into the garbage and the landfill and then into the water,” Havrilek said. He’s hoping businesses will instea


City cries foul over Chicken Yard Park driveway

Juneau park officials say a driveway that runs through Chicken Yard Park violates an ordinance prohibiting motorized vehicles in parks. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)The future of Chicken Yard Park onStarr Hillis in question over a very Juneau lot lines quirk that has long run a driveway through a ki