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Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka

Robert Woolsey is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

Sitka settles with tasered student

Sitka has settled out of court with a high school student who was tasered in the city’s jail in 2014. Franklin Hoogendorn will be paid $350,000 by Sitka’s insurance carrier. Download Audio
February 10, 2016

Sitka police arrest fugitive hiding in tunnel system

A fugitive from justice in Sitka was arrested Tuesday evening after police located him hiding in a tunnel system he had dug under a trailer park. It took eight officers to extract the man, who had been missing just over two weeks, and who had apparently spent much of that time burrowing.
January 29, 2016
Driver plows into Sitka post office

Driver plows into Sitka post office

Police are investigating a woman for drunken driving after she crashed her SUV into the Sitka’s downtown postal substation Tuesday night.
January 20, 2016
Sitka Library settles in at new digs

Sitka Library settles in at new digs

It’s official: the contractor handed off the keys to the newly renovated Sitka Public Library this week, and the Sitka Library Commission moved right in. Download Audio
January 12, 2016

Young fishermen’s summit courts the next generation

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program recognizes that fishing is a complicated business to understand, and a challenging one to enter. This year the program is hosting its 6th Annual Young Fishermen’s Summit at the end of the month in Juneau to introduce newbies to the industry. Download Audio
January 5, 2016
Whale research center comes ashore in Southeast

Whale research center comes ashore in Southeast

A whale research foundation working in Southeast Alaska for the last 20 years is coming ashore. The Center for Coastal Conservation has acquired the former general store in Warm Springs Bay, on eastern Baranof Island, and has plans to expand its research programs beyond humpback whales. Download Audio
December 16, 2015
Sitkans, police review tasing event in community 'talking circle'

Sitkans, police review tasing event in community ‘talking circle’

While police issues continue to divide communities and make national headlines, the Sitka Police Department is trying to restore confidence locally, after disturbing video from the Sitka jail surfaced on social media this fall. Download Audio
December 15, 2015
The real Sitka journey of Steinbeck’s ‘Doc Ricketts’

The real Sitka journey of Steinbeck’s ‘Doc Ricketts’

A new collection of essays about one of the most iconic figures in American literature has been published, shedding new light on his connections to Alaska. "Ed Ricketts, from Cannery Row to Sitka, Alaska" explores the relationship between the noted biologist of the title, and John Steinbeck, the Nobel-prize winning author who immortalized him. Download Audio
December 7, 2015
Sitkans, DOT look for solutions to ‘bleak’ ferry schedule

Sitkans, DOT look for solutions to ‘bleak’ ferry schedule

Sitkans turned out in force last week for a lunchtime brainstorming session to address the proposed ferry schedule, but the Department of Transportation couldn’t make any promises that things would improve.
December 3, 2015
Halibut commission weighs 2016 harvest recommendations

Halibut commission weighs 2016 harvest recommendations

Commercial and sport fishing fleets in some parts of Alaska will be allowed to harvest more fish, under recommendations presented to the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
December 3, 2015
Sitka police reverse stance on operations manual

Sitka police reverse stance on operations manual

Sitka released its police department's operating procedures manual to the public after denying several records requests from media outlets and citizens alike. Download Audio
December 1, 2015
Video shows teen tasered repeatedly in Sitka jail

Video shows teen tasered repeatedly in Sitka jail

Sitka police are defending their actions in the arrest of an 18-year-old man last year, who was tasered multiple times in his jail cell. A Sitka teacher over the weekend posted a video showing the arrest of a Native high school student. Download Audio
November 2, 2015
The Russians are coming! Or.... are they? Sitka waits

The Russians are coming! Or…. are they? Sitka waits

A huge performance ensemble from Moscow is traveling to Sitka this week for the Alaska Day Festival — or not. The offer to send 68 artists, support personnel, and camera crew to Sitka came about only three weeks ago, along with diplomatic communication to the local historical society.
October 15, 2015

Writer Laureate Straley gives up moonlighting

One of Alaska’s most well-known writers is finally quitting his day job. John Straley has published nine novels, a book of poetry, numerous essays, and served as the state’s Writer Laureate. But Straley built his reputation in Alaskan letters as a moonlighter. For the last 31 years he’s been drawing a paycheck as a full-time criminal defense investigator. He retired in August.
September 23, 2015

Sitka’s disaster response bills approach half-million mark

Sitka has spent almost a half-million dollars since August on emergency cleanup, and is counting on having most of that reimbursed by the state.
September 23, 2015
Scientists exploring what caused deadly Sitka landslide

Scientists exploring what caused deadly Sitka landslide

One month after a deadly landslide struck in Sitka, a group of scientists and agency officials are starting the complicated task of learning what happened. The Geo Task Force has been meeting informally at the Sitka Sound Science Center. The center’s director, Lisa Busch, believes these gatherings are an important first step in understanding the area’s geophysical hazards.
September 22, 2015
Final Sitka landslide victim recovered

Final Sitka landslide victim recovered

Search crews have recovered the final victim of the Aug. 18 Sitka landslide. The body of 62-year-old William Stortz was found Tuesday afternoon. Download Audio
August 26, 2015

Body recovered from landslide debris

Sitka Fire Chief Dave Miller reports that a team of cadaver dogs from Juneau led searchers to a sweatshirt on the west side of the slide, and subsequently to the body. Miller would not confirm the identity except to say, "It's one of the boys."
August 20, 2015
Fleeing the slide: a survivor tells his story

Fleeing the slide: a survivor tells his story

As crews continue to cautiously work through debris searching for the three victims of Tuesday’s deadly landslide in Sitka, it’s clear that the event could have been much worse. There are many homes below and to either side of the slide, and there were two other people directly in its path who escaped. Download Audio
August 19, 2015
Sitka landslides: Part of a larger landscape change?

Sitka landslides: Part of a larger landscape change?

The landslides that struck Sitka early Tuesday morning are the latest in a series of similar events that started in 2011. Although these slides are triggered by a combination of wind and rainfall, forecasters believe it’s too early to correlate these incidents with changing weather patterns -- but that may change.
August 19, 2015