Sitka
web-posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Eleven years ago this summer, a few musicians sat around a campfire on a Sitka beach, playing their guitars and pondering the idea of a locally-grown music festival.
web-posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The documentary "Hunting in Wartime" gives veterans, family, and civilians alike a glimpse of the wartime - and post wartime - experiences of some of the 28 Hoonah Vietnam War-era veterans, 17 of whom served on the ground in Vietnam and 16 of whom made it back alive.
web-posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015
"Hunting in Wartime," a documentary about a group of Hoonah men who served in Vietnam, was originally slated for two showings at Juneau's Gold Town Nickelodeon. By the end of the second sold out showing, however, Gold Town partial owner Collette Costa had added four more.
web-posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015
When a child is ill, parents don't hesitate to take their little one to the clinic. But, what about when your child feels perfectly fine? Are there other reasons to take kids to see a medical provider?
web-posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015
This year's Sitka Seafood Festival will feature a vintage black-and-white photo exhibit focusing on Southeast's fishing industry. The exhibit celebrates Sitka's fishing heritage circa the 1980s and is companion to a new black-and-white photobook "Alaska Fishing Gold Rush of the 1980s" by former Sitkan Jana M. Suchy.
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
The latest issue of Cirque: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim will be celebrated with a launch party on Thursday, July 23 at the Blue Hollomon Gallery in Anchorage. The issue is available in print through the organization's website at www.cirquejournal.com, and can also be viewed online.
web-posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Once, at the Sitka Rose Gallery in Sitka (which I love and highly recommend visiting) I came across a beautiful painting of a Southeast Alaska landscape with a huge, ugly blob of neon orange in the middle of it.
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
"Upcycling" seafood byproducts is the business model for Tidal Vision, a Juneau-based company of five entrepreneurs who are making waves with their line of aquatic leather and performance textiles.
web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
TENAKEE SPRINGS - For Gordon Chew of Tenakee Logging Company Management, everything is connected.
web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Sitka Local Foods Network will host the eighth summer of Sitka Farmers Markets in 2015, starting on July 4. The Sitka Farmers Markets take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, July 18, Aug. 1, Aug. 15, Aug. 29, and Sept. 12 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall, 235 Katlian St. The markets feature local seafood, locally grown and harvested fruits and vegetables, baked goods, locally made jams and jellies, live entertainment and music, local arts and crafts, and a variety of other items gathered or made in Sitka.
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
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
Events & Presentations
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
I've noticed that beer festivals in Alaska have matured significantly over the last couple of years. When craft beer emerged in the mid 1980s, Alaska was slow to follow and the love for craft beer was slow to emerge. We lagged behind the Lower 48 by a number of years.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
EVENTS & PRESENTATIONS
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Sitka Summer Music Festival comes to a close this week with a final round of events scheduled through Sunday, June 28.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Summer is here in Southeast Alaska, and the fishing season is off to a glorious start. With the start of the season comes a fresh opportunity to get involved with Alaskan's Own, a Sitka-based community supported fishery that offers a subscription-based monthly basket of fish to customers in Juneau, Sitka, Anchorage, and Seattle. As Alaska's only CSF, this summer initiative supports the sustainable fisheries and local ocean conservation efforts of the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust, a nonprofit organization in Southeast Alaska.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
As Alaska's salmon season heads into high gear, a few bright spots are surfacing in an otherwise bleak global sales market.
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 17, 2015
Events & Presentations
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 17, 2015
What is local food to you? Several years ago, when asked this question in a college class, I paused. As we went around the classroom sharing our ideas, my mind went blank. Growing concerned, I began ambling through the Alaskan grocery store aisles of my memory: rows of tough-skinned orange tomatoes, heaps of wilting greens, little trays of chancy-looking blueberries well past their prime, white fuzzy wisps streaking up from the undersides of strawberries, stacks and piles of imported fruits and vegetables from afar. I thought of my friend's dad who had grown up in Juneau and wouldn't eat vegetables if they had not been safely quarantined in tin cans. I thought of our emblematic provider, "the barge," and what those poor fruits and veggies had to endure on their long journey north to Alaska.
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 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, 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
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, 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
Holy cow, I cannot believe the weather in May. It's been the warmest and driest on record - I do believe 72 years. This has been a boon for the visitor industry and if you own a culinary walking tour, the weather has been a blessing. It has been so warm that I'm told the most popular items visitors are mailing home are their coats, jackets, and sweat shirts. That's pretty dang hot.
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
web-posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Internationally acclaimed musicians from around the world will gather in Sitka to perform classical chamber music for the entire month of June during the annual Sitka Summer Music Festival, beginning June 2.
web-posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Alaskans will have to wait until fall to learn if salmon habitat prevails over a coal mine proposed at Upper Cook Inlet.
web-posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The Board of Trustees of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council has announced the award of 28 scholarships to local students and alumni.
web-posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015
YAKUTAT - In the past five years, Yakutat has lost a quarter of its 800 residents, its economy has shrunk, and its school funding has been drastically cut. But a group of organizations and concerned community members have been working to revitalize it with wide-ranging efforts. They're trying to bring better internet to town; they're volunteering their services to repair literal holes in school buildings; they're starting museums, recruiting cruise ships, cutting brush, pursuing grants, encouraging entrepreneurship, looking at ways to lessen utility bills, and holding town meetings.
web-posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015
T he impact of the Southeast Alaskan environment on residents and visitors can't be measured, but it can be appreciated, particularly in the work and words of the region's scientists, writers, artists and culture bearers. A handful of well-known Southeast Alaskans offered such an opportunity Saturday during an eight-hour catamaran trip to Admiralty Island, organized by KJ Metcalf and the nonprofit group Friends of Admiralty Island. Among them were Sitka whale biologist Jan Straley, Sitka writer John Straley, naturalist and author Richard Carstensen, naturalist and author Bob Armstrong, marine mammal specialist Kate Wynne, and Tlingit culture bearer Ben Coronell of the Yanyeidi (wolf) clan of the Taku River region. Joining this prestigious group from outside the boat's windows were the island's "charismatic megafauna" -- humpback whales and brown bears (the former in abundance).
web-posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Juneau Wednesday
web-posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
THEATER
web-posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The three art pieces created for the Water Soboleff Building were described by Sealaska Heritage Institute as "monumental," an adjective that applies not only to their size -- all three are believed to be the biggest of their kind in the world -- but to their significance and stature: each one represents a major new work by an internationally recognized master artist and is an important addition to Juneau artistic landscape.
web-posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Nowhere in the world do people have as much opportunity to speak their minds to fish policy makers as they do in Alaska. As decision day approaches, a groundswell of Alaska voices is demanding that fishery overseers say bye-bye to halibut bycatch in the Bering Sea.
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
In early April, on the day after Easter, fishermen Vernon Hill, Bernard Wolf and George Lindoff returned to Hoonah from Sitka Sound toting a shipload of "Easter eggs." The crew of the Shirley N spent nine days dropping hemlock branches into the shoreline, waiting for herring to spawn and collecting herring eggs on branches.
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
ANCHORAGE - Three Southeast Alaska teachers are among the 32 Alaska teachers honored this year as a BP Teacher of Excellence. The Southeast Alaska teachers are from the communities of Cordova, Sitka and Angoon.
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Alaskan salmon producers are not buying the presumption that growing numbers of pinks are eating too much food in the ocean, causing sockeye salmon to grow slower and smaller.
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
Mozart was quite famous as an opera composer. In his short life, beginning at age 11, he composed 22 of them. He was only 3 when his famous predecessor, Handel, died, leaving the operatic scepter for this prodigy to carry into the next generation. Several of the 42 operas by Handel had pitted sopranos Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni against each other. Each had her own claque, and Handel wrote increasingly difficult music for them, giving each the opportunity to outshine the other. It was a bitter rivalry, which resulted in hair-pulling during a 1727 performance.
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
THEATER
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, April 29, 2015
Yakutat - After he graduated from Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, Bertrand J. Adams Sr., who writes under his Tlingit name, Kadashan, didn't want to go to college.
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 29, 2015
Juneau Wednesday
web-posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The 29th annual Juneau Jazz & Classics festival kicks off this weekend with the modern gospel, soul and R&B sounds of the Jones Family Singers Friday night at Centennial Hall, and continues without pause until swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays the same stage May 16. In between, music of many different genres will grace venues traditional and unusual all over town, performed by musicians renowned for their talents. It all happens thanks to the efforts of artistic director Linda Rosenthal, who founded the festival in 1987 along with a small group of musicians and supporters. Here's a quick look at what's happening and who will be performing this year. For full details, visit http://www.jazzandclassics.org,
web-posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015
THEATER
web-posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015
This year's edition of Tidal Echoes, the University of Alaska Southeast's literary and art journal, will be celebrated with a release party at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Egan Lecture Hall. The event is free; light refreshments will be served.
web-posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015
LITERARY ARTS
web-posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Juneau Lyric Opera will present "Don Giovanni," an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, on April 24 and 25 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.
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 Wednesday
web-posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Organizers ask that participants of this event be respectful of laws and emergency regulations, as well as local ordinances regarding marijuana, as they hope to make this an annual event. It is illegal to consume marijuana in public and under current regulations, this event will be "in public."
web-posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015
THEATER
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 15, 2015
Juneau Wednesday
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, April 8, 2015
Sitka's version of the "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" radio show returns April 17, at 7 p.m, at the Harrigan Centennial Hall. Hosted by the Greater Sitka Arts Council, the show will feature Ed Ronco as Host, Owen Fulton as Announcer, and panelists Phil Burdick, John DePalatis, and Collette Costa and Belly Meat providing music.
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
The Alaska State Improv Festival returns to McPhetres Hall for a third year, with the ImprovBoston All-Stars, Joyride, and Tall Grande Venti as this year's headliners. Additionally, there are two late-night, over-21 shows at the Hangar Ballroom.
web-posted Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Clink! JAHC Wine tasting: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1. Sample more than 40 wines from around the world showcased by Specialty Imports; eat hors d-oeuvres; listen to live music, all in support of the arts. $30/person or $25/person if you come with a friend. Music by Tom Locher and Wayne Norlund. Refreshments by Panhandle Provisions.
web-posted Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Forty years ago, Libraries, Archives and Museums Deputy Director Bob Banghart oversaw the installation of a Sitka spruce that would become known as the State Library Archives and Museum's Eagle Tree.

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