Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka

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Robert Woolsey is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

Year In Review: Sitka, Anchorage and Juneau

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.

‘Mass Wasting’ Event Destroys Popular Sitka Trail

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.

Troller Dan Falvey Named 2011 Highliner of the Year

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.”

Sitka Listed Among Global Running Destination

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.

Sawmill Cove Board Looks to Dock, Marine Services

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.

Postcard: Discovering Music Through Sacred Harp

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

Story Behind ‘The Bight Before Christmas’ Revealed

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.

Sewer Repairs Reveal Early Visitors to Sitka

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

Sitka Seafood Workers Evacuated After Ammonia Leaks

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

Memorial Honors One-Year Anniversary of Helicopter Crash

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.

Seven Fishermen Killed So Far in 2011

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.

Civil War Artillery Shell Found Near Kake

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

Red Tide in Sitka has Potential for Toxic Blooms

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.