web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Pediatric specialist Dr. Marna Schwartz's passion for helping kids is really taking her places. Really. She's joined SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium as a traveling physician to provide care in the region's smaller communities.
web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Tenakee Springs - In a normal summer, Tenakee Springs gets two roundtrip ferries from Juneau a week, and the town, which does not receive cruise ships, can count on a steady flow of business from visitors and those that own vacation homes along its salmonberry-lined dirt road.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
On June 8, the community of Kake reopened its public library for the first time in 16 years as the Shirly Jackson Community Library.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Following the publication of a June 10 article on Kake's totem pole, the Capital City Weekly received additional information on the carvers who worked on the project, provided by Alaska Indian Arts in Haines.
web-posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015
They're interested in paths as varied as library sciences, the United States Marine Corps, anthropology and wildlife rehabilitation, but all 12 rural students hoped to gain something from a pilot program hosted at the University of Alaska Southeast this summer.
web-posted Wednesday, June 10, 2015
In 1926, the village of Kake reluctantly decided under heavy pressure to burn all of the community's totem poles in the name of "progress." Decades later, in 1971, Kake elders rose the world's tallest pole as a reaffirmation of Kake's cultural roots. In April of this year, a powerful gust of wind snapped the top of the 136-foot-tall pole. Now, the community must decide how to move forward.
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
There is an old English proverb that says, "Necessity is the mother of invention." In other words, if someone really needs to accomplish something, they'll find a way to do it. We've all heard it, and probably even used it from time to time.
web-posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Petersburg's Little Norway Festival celebrates Syttende Mai (May 17), the anniversary of the signing of Norway's Constitution in 1814. Now sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, it was first organized by two local women, Bernadine Trones and Alma Wallen, on May 17, 1958, and has taken place every year since. As those who have attended this festival know, this is a major event for Petersburg, and includes a lively parade, a pageant of traditional Norwegian clothing, dancing and live music in the streets, artist booths, activities including a herring toss, and a community fish bake at Sandy Beach. This year's festival runs from May 14-17.
web-posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The theme of this year's Art of Place presentation series at the University of Alaska Southeast -- Wearable Art of Place -- was brought vividly to life Friday during the series' final event of the season, a regalia show. About a dozen models of all ages displayed items of regalia including woven robes, button blankets, beaded tunics, carved masks, hats, leggings, collars, headbands, bags and moccasins.
web-posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Festival season is upon us in Southeast Alaska. This weekend, Skagwegians will welcome hundreds to their community for the Buckwheat Ski Classic, marking winter's end with a distinctive celebration of snow. Next weekend, Ketchikan will celebrate a harbinger of spring - the Rufous hummingbird - with the start of its month-long Alaska Hummingbird Festival. And the week after that, beginning April 6, it's the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau - the official kick-off to warmer weather for many. From there, a different festival will be taking place somewhere in Southeast nearly every weekend through September. The CCW will be putting out its annual Fun & Festival Guide next month, but to help readers keep track of what's happening on a weekly basis, we've introduced a Southeast Spotlight box on page 2, highlighting a major event or festival in a Southeast community for the coming week. This spotlight will supplement our What's Happening listings on page 3.
web-posted Wednesday, March 11, 2015
This is the 50th year Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) have come to Alaska to do behind-the-scenes work with nonprofit organizations throughout the state. It's both business as normal and not - new volunteers are arriving to start their positions, but organizers are also digging through the annals of VISTA history as they prepare to celebrate the program's anniversary. Along the way, they're finding historical events largely lost to time - in one of those events, 55 VISTA volunteers were kicked out of the state in 1970 for supporting Native land claims.