Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka

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Robert Woolsey is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

A pair of recent Sitka High graduates had an unexpected meeting last week – in a combat hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

In this last week of 2011, APRN and member station reporters from across the state have been reflecting on the stories of this past year that stood out for them. Some because they were important or difficult to report on, or as in this first story from Sitka because they were fun.

A storm that slammed into Sitka in mid-November made news at the time for its sudden violence, sinking two boats at their moorings in the harbor, as well as damaging the harbors themselves.

National Fisherman will honor two Alaskans at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle this weekend. Bill Webber, Jr., of Cordova, and Dan Falvey of Sitka will join San Francisco’s Larry Collins as the magazine’s 2011 “Highliners of the Year.”

A lot of people come to Sitka for the scenery, the culture, and especially the fishing. Almost no one comes here just to run – but that may change. The current issue of the Canadian counterpart of Running Magazine has listed Sitka among nine international destinations not-to-be missed by travelers looking for both adventure and fitness.

With some of their worst fears about the economic recession behind them, the board of Sitka’s Sawmill Cove Industrial Park would like to begin moving forward again.

A revival of a form of traditional sacred music has found a toehold in Alaska.

A Sitka author who penned a fishy parody of “The Night Before Christmas” nine years ago has discovered that even quick work can have long literary legs.

An anthropologist has found what she believes are stone tools in a street excavation in downtown Sitka.

The fish plant down the road from Sitka had an ammonia leak last night and people had to be evacuated and some hospitalized.

Thursday, July 7, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the crash of Coast Guard helicopter 6017, on a routine flight between Astoria, Oregon, and its home base at Air Station Sitka.

The death of two Yakutat residents last week brings to seven the number of commercial fishermen killed this year in Alaska – and the season is just getting started.

An explosives team from Elmendorf Air Force Base traveled to the Southeast community of Kake last Thursday to examine an unexploded artillery shell.

A bloom of red tide over the weekend alarmed many Sitkans, but the plankton that caused it is different than the one responsible for deadly paralytic shellfish poisoning. And while this particular kind of plankton may not present a threat to humans, conditions are ripe for other more toxic blooms to occur.