Ketchikan
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Vigor Alaska’s Ketchikan shipyard during the city’s 40th annual Blueberry Arts Festival will raise a 12-foot totem pole indicative of the kind of company it aims to be.
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Coffman Cove will host its 5th Annual "By The Sea" Arts & Seafood Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9. The festival will run from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and from 12-4 p.m. Sunday and includes live music and a fisherman's poetry slam, as well as more than 30 arts and crafts vendors. Local seafood will be served throughout the festival, with a tentative menu that includes clam chowder, fried fish and reindeer sausage. The Arts and Seafood Festival will also feature the Prince of Wales Farmers Market, providing consumers an opportunity to buy locally-grown foods and products.
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Juneau's Dee Longenbaugh, known to many as the long-time owner of The Observatory bookstore, has been honored with a 2015 Contributions to Literacy award from the Alaska Center for the Book. Longenbaugh, a historian and and book reviewer, was recognized along with Edna MacLean, formerly of Barrow and now of Anchorage, and Barrow author Debby Dahl Edwardson, author of "My Name is Not Easy." Also honored was The Alaska Spirit of Reading Program, grant-funded by the Alaska State Library since 2007. The Spirit of Reading won the Sue Sherif Literacy Award, a special CLIA award, named in honor of a librarian who retired from the Alaska State Library.
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Events & Presentations
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Jack sat on a bench, hand-rolled tobacco between his lips, eyes on nothing in particular.
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Coastal Alaska. We are fish snobs here. No two ways about it. We don't eat farmed salmon and we are suspicious of people who do. We avoid surimi because we know where it's been. We'd no more eat tilapia than we'd drink the effluent it grew in. We are the sommeliers of sockeye. When the waiter says, "White or red?" we think he means king salmon and ask what river system it came from.
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Ketchikan is gearing up to celebrate blueberries, the arts, and 40 years of the two combined at its 40th annual Blueberry Arts Festival.
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Coffman Cove will host its 5th Annual "By the Sea" Arts & Seafood Festival Aug. 8-9. The festival will run from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and from 12-4 p.m. Sunday and includes live music and a fisherman's poetry slam, as well as more than 30 arts and crafts vendors. Local seafood will be served throughout the festival, with a tentative menu that includes clam chowder, fried fish and reindeer sausage. The festival will also feature the Prince of Wales Farmers Market, providing consumers an opportunity to buy locally-grown foods and products.
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015
For Erin Coughlin Hollowell, the poet who in early July became executive director of Alaska’s largest writing group, 49 Writers, part of being a writer is being a good literary citizen, and part of being a good literary citizen is generosity.
web-posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015
I thought today was Saturday, but it’s Thursday.
web-posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015
"Then & Now," the fall-winter exhibit at the Tongass Historical Museum, will open Oct. 23, in Ketchikan.
web-posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Editor's note: This list was reviewed in June 2015. If you have changes or additions, email stephanie.west@morris.com.
web-posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Even without the guitar, microphone and considerable stage presence, Archie Cavanaugh is impossible to miss during a recent lunch hour rush at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake near Twin Lakes. Dressed in fire-engine red from his hat all the way down to his fancy shoes, Cavanaugh is a dramatic bright spot on a gray day, a visual that coincides with the upbeat music he's chosen to share with his audience. Over an '80s-era jazz-funk bass beat, Cavanaugh sings lyrics he wrote decades ago on a song called "Foolin'":
web-posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015
I'm not sure why, but I left the table and took my skiff upriver. Upon reaching a predetermined point, I turned around. On my way back to wherever I was going, a small humpback whale surfaced and rolled. I continued past and arrived at where I was going to see that my table had been moved and people were eating dinner.
web-posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Editor's note: This list was reviewed in June 2015. If you have changes or additions, email stephanie.west@morris.com.
web-posted Wednesday, July 8, 2015
KETCHIKAN - The head count at the Totem Heritage Center should increase by one this fall with the collection's first Tsimshian totem pole.
web-posted Wednesday, July 8, 2015
I’m not sure why, but I left the table and took my skiff upriver. Upon reaching a predetermined point, I turned around. On my way back to wherever I was going, a small humpback whale surfaced and rolled.
web-posted Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The motorless Race to Alaska ended July 2 at 3:33 p.m., when Team Barefoot Wooden Boats crossed the finish-line in Ketchikan 28 days out of Port Townsend, Wash. It's been an event full of excitement, inspiration, close-calls, marine mammals, sleep deprivation, generosity and it's-not-personal wilderness reality. When the Capital City Weekly looked in on the race two weeks ago, 25 boats had tapped out on the second leg, 10 had made it to Ketchikan and five were still on the water headed north.
web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
JUNEAU and DOUGLAS
web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Editor's note: This list was reviewed in June 2015. If you have changes or additions, email stephanie.west@morris.com.
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, July 1, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
You know when you're not hungry, but you eat anyway, and basic functioning becomes a chore?
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Is this a great time of year or what? It's summer solstice week. My fellow pagans lit their bonfires at beaches all over Southeast on June 21. Rowing sculls glide "v" wakes under the bridge in early mornings. Spring kings are in the channel. Juneau's gillnet fleet went buzzing all around town to grocery stores, marine hardware dealers, the fuel docks, and under low-flying tourist float planes in the cruise ship basin to the cold storage for ice. Then they emptied out of the harbors headed for this year's first sockeye opening in Taku Inlet and Lynn Canal. The fish are excited.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
"Compliments to the Bear: Adventures of an Alaska Prohibition Agent," by Judith Ripley.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
You never know the circumstances that will lead to the emergence of the camping trip MVP. Sometimes it is as simple being the person who brought the tarp, the Deet, the GPS, trail tape, GoPro, drone or cookies.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Editor's note: This list was reviewed in June 2015. If you have changes or additions, email stephanie.west@morris.com.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015
In movies, therapists encourage their patients to release their emotions. You know, talk things out. I've never been to a therapist, but I have released a lot through writing columns. I probably talk or mention Dad more than anything next to fishing.
web-posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Events & Presentations
web-posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015
JUNEAU
web-posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Team Elsie Piddock sailed into Ketchikan harbor, and small boat history, to win the inaugural Race to Alaska boat race Friday 100 miles ahead of the nearest competitor. People are running out of superlatives for Elsie Piddock's 710 mile leg from Victoria, BC to Ketchikan in 5 days, 55 minutes: "Crushed it!" "Greased it!" "Jaw dropping!" Pick a phrase for awesomeness.
web-posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015
A one handed clap best describes the reaction to the 43,000 signature drop off by anti-salmon setnet advocates at the Division of Elections last week.
web-posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015
A celebration of life for Wrangell writer and historian Patricia Roppel will be held Sunday, June 21 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Wrangell Elks Club Nolan Room. Snacks and a hosted bar will be provided.
web-posted Wednesday, June 10, 2015
"What do you think when you hear the word Chautauqua?" begins an Aug. 29, 1918, article in the Juneau-based Alaska Daily Dispatch newspaper. "...Do you know that Chautauqua is annually attended by more people than baseball?"
web-posted Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Summers are tricky, because the more you do, the faster they go.
web-posted Wednesday, June 10, 2015
It's been a big year for Jennifer Jackson of Ketchikan. She was crowned "Ms. Wheelchair Alaska" at the Governor's Ball in Ketchikan on March 7. She'll be in the town's Fourth of July parade. And at the end of July, she's heading to Iowa, where she'll compete in the nationwide "Ms. Wheelchair America" pageant.
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
There are plenty of good reasons to be on good terms with adults when you're younger - references, letters of recommendation...they might one day take you to a sure-thing black bear spot.
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Seven Southeast artists were among the recipients of Rasmuson Foundations’s 2015 Individual Artist Awards, the foundation announced May 19.
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
A celebration of life for Wrangell writer and historian Patricia Roppel has been planned for Sunday, June 21 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Wrangell Elks Club Nolan Room. Snacks and a hosted bar will be provided.
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Sealaska Heritage will sponsor 10 free formline design workshops in 10 communities in June, beginning with a June 4-5 workshop in Haines, led by Wayne Price. The workshops, offered through SHI's Jineit Art Academy, are designed to help artists at all levels to learn and enhance their formline, a term that describes the complex designs that are the underlying components of Northwest Coast art. Another goal is to increase the number of Native artists and art instructors qualified to teach Northwest Coast art in public schools.
web-posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Dear Juniors,
web-posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Northwest Coast Native art isn't the only focus of the new Walter Soboleff Building, but it's likely to be the aspect that draws in the most visitors. For non-Natives hoping to gain a better understanding of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures, the artwork is a good place to start, offering an introduction to foundational concepts such as balance and harmony.
web-posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska's top two youth volunteers of 2015, Cassandra Adams, 17, of Ketchikan and Amara Sanguni, 13, of Juneau, were honored in the nation's capital earlier this month for their outstanding volunteer service during the 20th annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Adams and Sanguni - along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country - each received $1,000 awards and personal congratulations from "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
web-posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Juneau Wednesday
web-posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
One of these days I'll write a column about how I needed something and had it in my truck. It won't make for a good story, but it will be pretty cool not to mention helpful. Until that day, it will be filled with everything but what I need.
web-posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
"It's making history and opening doors for artists, and continuing culture."
web-posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015
My buddy Zack looks tired.
web-posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015
How much are fishermen affected by long-term health problems like hearing loss, lack of sleep and high blood pressure? A pilot study aims to find out and researchers are using the 500-plus members of the Copper River salmon driftnet fleet as test subjects.
web-posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Juneau residents gathered to share their memories and impressions of Tlingit civil rights activist and lawyer William Paul Sr. last week on what would have been Paul's 130th birthday, May 7, one week before the May 15 dedication of the Walter Soboleff Building's archives facility in his name. The meeting, organized by local lawyer and researcher Kathy Ruddy for the second year in a row, welcomed input from about a dozen participants, some of whom knew Paul personally, with a larger goal of bringing recognition to Paul's contributions to Alaska history.
web-posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Heather Lende will launch her Southeast book tour this week to spread the word about her newest work: "Find The Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer."
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
If Christmas can be detached from its intent for the sake of commercialization, then that means it doesn't have to be in December. Christmas, Christmas will always exist as the foundation of Christianity and annually occur on schedule, but the other Christmas, the figure of speech Christmas, is here. It could be a particular day in which you bag a couple kings before things really heat up, or this time of year in general.
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Tlingit artist Jeremiah James always knew he wasn't meant for the 9-5 working life. What he didn't know is that hunting could be a part of how he makes his living.
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
THEATER
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
“While We’re Young” (R) — A middle-aged couple’s career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.
web-posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Juneau Wednesday
web-posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015
I'm pretty good at working in loud environments. I'll leave if someone drops in on my fishing spot, but when it comes to putting words to life, I'm fine with a crowd. It's probably because my writing career started in the bowels in the University of Arizona student union where the Arizona Daily Wildcat was located.
web-posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Each year more than one-third of all the salmon caught in Alaska begin their lives in a hatchery.
web-posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015
LITERARY ARTS
web-posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015
One of Rie Muñoz’ favorite pieces of her own work was “Peaceable Alaska,” a painting inspired by Edward Hicks’ “Peaceable Kingdom.”
web-posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015
This weekend, a plan to attend the 2015 Alaska State Improv Festival, known in shorthand as AS IF, is a plan for spontaneity. Seventeen improvisational theater groups from around the country are coming to Juneau for the festival. One will impersonate Franz Kafka. One will narrate history, drunk. One, from Sitka, will potentially pull you up onstage.
web-posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015
I'm sorta sick of talk of media bias.
web-posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Juneau Wednesday
web-posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Juneau Wednesday
web-posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Caribou instead of corn dogs ... salmon instead of Trout Treasures ... seal meat in place of spaghetti - all could soon be available to more Alaskans if traction continues on a new bipartisan bill before the Alaska legislature.
web-posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015
You'd be hard-pressed to find a Southeast Alaskan that doesn't love salmon, or a salmon that doesn't need clean water.
web-posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015
JUNEAU
web-posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Juneau


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