Erik Neumann, KCAW - Sitka
In June, the Keku Cannery in Kake was named one of the 11 most endangered historic places in the country by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The building is an artifact of Alaska’s salmon canning industry and its a reminder of the different people that worked there.
U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard personnel and several fishing vessels are currently looking for two people, out of a group of three, after their boat sank Thursday night off Cape Ommaney.
The Organized Village of Kake is a small tribal community on the northwest side of Kupreanof Island. Like many villages this time of year, they just hosted a culture camp, a week of teaching Native youth about traditional food gathering and processing. But during this week of hunting, smoking, and canning, there are a few bigger health issues being addressed too.
While the totem pole is one of the most recognizable forms of outdoor art in Alaska, it’s also one of the least permanent. At Sitka National Historical Park, many of the original totems have been re-carved, which, until recently, has been the only way to preserve this art form.
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.
It was just a few years ago that Sitka’s electric utility predicted a significant increase in the number of electric vehicles on the road, especially in communities with relatively inexpensive electric power. Despite steady high fuel prices, the community’s interest in electric cars — after an initial spike — has been flat.