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Ed Ronco, KPLU - Seattle

Ed Ronco is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

Blatchley Middle School Principal Ben White staffs the Sitka booth at the Seattle teaching fair. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)

Sitka Shops For Teachers At Seattle Fair

For school districts in rural Alaska, this is prime recruiting season. Next week, they’ll hold a job fair in downtown Anchorage, looking for teachers to fill hundreds of openings statewide. But they’re also looking outside the 49th state.

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April 2, 2014
People pray at Fisherman's Terminal in Seattle, before the start of a rally opposing a mining project in western Alaska. Fishermen in Washington say the project threatens salmon in Bristol Bay, where about 1,000 Washingtonians have permits to fish. Photo by Ed Ronco, KPLU - Seattle.

Cantwell Urges White House To Stop Alaska Pebble Mine Project, Protect Fishermen

A U.S. senator from the Lower 48 is asking the White House to stop the Pebble Mine. Democrat Maria Cantwell, of Washington, says the proposed mine in Western Alaska threatens fishing jobs in her state.

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January 24, 2014
Critical Sitka Weather Buoy Back in Service

Critical Sitka Weather Buoy Back in Service

The Cape Edgecumbe weather buoy, which records observations and reports them on a website from a station off-shore from Sitka, is back in service.

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August 29, 2013
Cast members gather at the edge of the stage to talk with director WT McRae and musical director Andrew Hames, during a rehearsal of “Seussical the Musical” Wednesday at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. The full-scale musical will open Friday night after just two weeks of rehearsal. (KCAW photo by Ed Ronco)

‘Seussical’ To Open At Sitka PAC After 2 Weeks’ Work

Those are sounds from a rehearsal of “Seussical, The Musical.” The Dr. Seuss-themed show takes to the stage in Sitka today and tomorrow. A group of high school students and recent graduates from across the country have spent the last two weeks putting the show together, as part of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp’s musical theater session. The musical relies on contributions from 18 of Dr. Seuss’s books — from the well-known “Green Eggs and Ham” to the less famous “McElligot’s Pool.”

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July 26, 2013
Bill Luedke sends weather data to Juneau from a desk in his Port Alexander home. Next to him are two barometers and, on the shelfs above, hundreds of sheets of handwritten weather data from the last few years. (KCAW photo by Ed Ronco)

AK: Eyes On The Sky

For most Americans, local weather information comes from a variety of high-tech instruments. There’s Doppler radar, digital thermometers and barometers, satellite images, weather buoys and more. But in Port Alexander, a small Southeast community, the daily weather report depends on two human beings.

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July 19, 2013
Students, teachers and visiting instructors in Tenakee Springs head out to a stream to look for bugs during an outdoor science lesson in October 2011. Enrollment at Tenakee School for next year is just five students, which might force the school to close. Residents are hoping to attract new families to town to keep the lights on inside the town’s only school. (Photo by Scott Harris/SCS)

Tenakee Seeks Families To Keep School Open

The school in Tenakee Springs has less than a month to double the size of its student body or risk closing. School board members in the small Southeast city are hoping families will move to town and boost the numbers. If the school closes, Tenakee’s population may drop further as the few remaining students and their families look elsewhere for an education.

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July 12, 2013

Sitka Enlisted Man Jailed, Discharged From USCG

A military judge sentenced a Sitka Coast Guardsman to nine months confinement in the brig and kicked him out of the service on Saturday. Petty Officer 2nd Class James Grover pleaded guilty at a court martial in Juneau to charges related to the possession of child pornography and making false official statements.

July 10, 2013

Stedman Adds Name to Petition to Repeal New Oil Tax Structure

State Sen. Bert Stedman has added his name to the list of Alaskans hoping to repeal the state’s new oil tax structure. The Sitka Republican signed a petition on Tuesday against Senate Bill 21. Supporters of the measure, which was signed into law by Governor Sean Parnell, say it will spur more development in Alaska. But opponents, like Stedman, call it an oil giveaway.

July 4, 2013
Sitka Ammonia Leak Victim Was Longtime Fisherman

Sitka Ammonia Leak Victim Was Longtime Fisherman

A man injured during an ammonia leak aboard a fishing vessel in Sitka has died. Charles “Chuck” Baker, of Auburn, Wash., was aboard the Eigil B. The tender vessel was tied up at Sitka Sound Seafoods at the time of the incident, around 11:15 a.m. Monday.

June 28, 2013

Assembly Nixes Further Sitka Street Closures

The City of Sitka canceled plans to create a temporary pedestrian mall along Sitka’s main downtown thoroughfare. A group of community volunteers trying to boost the image of the city’s central business district was trying to close the street for four consecutive Wednesdays, to see if a street mall might appeal to visitors and locals. But the closure annoyed motorists and caused controversy in the Southeast Alaska community.

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June 26, 2013
USCG Suspends Search For Missing Fisherman

USCG Suspends Search For Missing Fisherman

The Coast Guard suspended its search late Tuesday night for a fisherman who went overboard from a boat north of Hoonah.

June 20, 2013
Crewman Missing From Vessel In Icy Strait

Crewman Missing From Vessel In Icy Strait

The Coast Guard is searching the waters near Hoonah for a crewman who went overboard from the fishing vessel “Swift” late Monday night. The 34-foot boat is reportedly based in Juneau, but state records show it registered to a Sitka captain.

June 19, 2013
Rofkar: ‘So Many More Discoveries’ To Make

Rofkar: ‘So Many More Discoveries’ To Make

Up a staircase, through a bedroom, and there it is: a room lit by skylights and tall windows. The studio, whereTeri Rofkar weaves her work.

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June 4, 2013
Lt. Lance Leone, in Sitka

Coast Guard Helicopter Crash Survivor Denied Promotion

The sole survivor of a Coast Guard helicopter crash has been denied promotion, possibly ending his military career.

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May 29, 2013
David Wilcox, 14, and his father, Brett, are running across the United States next year. The pair hopes to raise awareness about genetically modified foods, which they say are a danger to the global food supply. (KCAW photo by Ed Ronco)

Sitka Father, Son Plan Lower 48 Run Against GMOs

A Sitka man and his 14-year-old son are hoping to convince you that genetically modified organisms are bad for your health, and for the environment.

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May 24, 2013
The metal band around this dead eagle’s leg helped identify him as “Windex,” so named in 1995 when he flew through a Sitka family’s plate glass window. Windex was found dead near a Sitka trail in mid-April. (KCAW photo by Ed Ronco)

Dead Eagle Near Sitka Made News in 1995

In mid-April, a hiker in Sitka found an eagle dead in the woods. It was picked up by the Alaska Raptor Center. Ordinarily, this would not be a news story, except that this eagle was wearing some jewelry.

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May 7, 2013

Americorps Workers Embrace Sitka

In our on-going series about culture in Alaska, we’ve been talking about how we define ourselves and live our lives as Alaskans. Last week, we asked how long you have to live here to call yourself an Alaskan.

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May 6, 2013
Charlie Bean uses fish boxes to pack up his workspace at the Bill Brady Healing Center. He jokes that people in other states probably don’t use fish boxes like this. (KCAW photo by Ed Ronco)

‘Day of Loss’ as Bill Brady Center Closes its Doors

Tuesday was the last day of operation for the Bill Brady Healing Center. The inpatient drug-and-alcohol rehab program has existed in its current form since 1996. Its closure is blamed on federal budget cutbacks. The center is part of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC, which relies heavily on federal money.

May 3, 2013
Neighbors Wake Woman From Nap As House Burns In Sitka

Neighbors Wake Woman From Nap As House Burns In Sitka

A Sitka woman is feeling lucky today, after escaping a fire at her apartment over the weekend. No one was injured in the blaze, which happened around 10 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Hemlock Street.

April 23, 2013

Decision Day For Sitka’s School District Budget

Officials in the Sitka School District decide tonight what stays and what goes in the year ahead. The school board is trying to close a nearly $400,000 deficit, and it could make big cuts to get there.

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April 22, 2013