Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka

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Robert Woolsey is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

CEO: Possible Sitka Community Hospital merger raises ‘complexity’ of hospital’s challenges

Sitka Community Hospital is operating in the black for the first time in several years, but its future is far from certain. Listen now

Sitka man indicted on three counts of murder in girlfriend’s death

A Juneau grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Sitka man on three counts of murder, in the shooting death of his girlfriend last weekend. Listen now

Mariculture poised to come of age in Alaska

Alaska’s mariculture industry is in its infancy, compared to other regions of the world, but it has the potential to be much larger — maybe worth as much as $1 billion within three decades. Listen now
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King salmon trollers to have lower harvests this year

King salmon fishermen in Southeast Alaska will see a significant reduction in their harvest this season. Listen now

Forecasting Sitka’s herring biomass is a thorough but imperfect science

As seiners converge in Sitka for the annual sac roe herring fishery, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is holding firm on its harvest target of 14,649 tons. This is despite having fallen short of that target in three of the last five years. Listen now
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Four mariners rescued from Gulf of Alaska

Four mariners were rescued from their stricken fishing vessel in the Gulf of Alaska on Friday, Jan. 6 -- in a mission coordinated by Air Station Kodiak, and executed by Air Station Sitka. Listen now

Orthodox Christmas in Sitka

January 6, 2017 is Christmas Eve in Orthodox Christian parishes across Alaska. Orthodox faithful will go from house to house on foot, in cars or on snow machines, singing carols and sharing food behind a shiny, spinning pinwheel which represents the Star of Bethlehem. Listen now

Alaska Air flight grounded after e-cig batteries ingnite

Passengers on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage on Sunday were delayed over 5 hours after a passenger’s backpack started burning. Batteries for an e-cigarette are the likely culprit. Listen Now

Charging bear killed near Sitka

pair of Forest Service workers killed a charging brown bear near Sitka at the end of August. It was the third dangerous bear encounter in the Sitka Ranger District in less than a month.

Rediscovering America’s link to Chinese exploration

This August in Sitka, scholars and researchers met to consider the China question — and other ideas in alternative Anthropology — in the ninth annual Paths Across the Pacific Conference.

Sitka brown bear mauling victim medevaced to Sitkoh Bay

A helicopter from Air Station Sitka medevaced a woman from Sitkoh Bay Thursday afternoon, after she was mauled by a brown bear. Listen now

A city responds to a landslide: ‘It was a loss of innocence’

For much of Sitka, the August 18, 2015 landslide was a wake-up call that even the most settled parts of Alaska remain dynamic — and sometimes dangerous — places. Local leadership found itself in an unprecedented situation, offering comfort to the community while processing the catastrophe themselves.

A weather forecaster returns to Sitka’s slide: ‘We were snakebit’

In part 1 of a 5-part series looking back on the Sitka landslide, National Weather Service meteorologist Joel Curtis returns to the scene of “one of the major events” of his professional life. Listen now

Small earthquake adds to Sitka’s holiday blast

A small earthquake rattled dishes along the outer coast of Southeast Alaska Monday evening. The US Geological Survey reports that a magnitude 3.6 quake occurred about 20 miles west of Whale Bay off the coast of Baranof Island, at 7:20 PM. The epicenter was located at a depth of about 21 miles below the surface of the earth.

Linda Behnken to represent Alaska on halibut commission

Longtime Sitka resident Linda Behnken has been appointed to the six-member International Pacific Halibut Commission. Listen now

In a flash, Girl Scouts resolve HPR crosswalk issue

If you want to get something done, ask the Girl Scouts. After years of government inertia, the Girls Scouts of Troop 4140 in Sitka have spearheaded the installation of flashing crosswalk signs along some of the busiest state road in town.

Meeting federal regs, Sitka treats water with UV light

Some of the best drinking water anywhere may be just a little bit better now. Sitka officials on the 19th of May cut the ribbon on a new, $8 million dollar ultraviolet disinfection plant for the town’s water supply.

Bear attack survivor: ‘Grace was extended to me’

The survivor of a brown bear mauling near Yakutat on May 13 said the animal was startled, and attacked instinctively. Download Audio

Anchorage man mauled by a bear near Yakutat

An Anchorage man was mauled by a brown bear near Yakutat over the weekend. Download Audio
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Severed cable in Kansas hampers test grading in Sitka

Alaska’s star-crossed educational testing system suffered another setback Tuesday when a fiber-optic cable near the University of Kansas was severed at about 1:30 Central Daylight Time. Download Audio