KCAW-Raven Radio to host Only Fools Run At Midnight on Saturday, June 24

Mark your calendars! Sitka’s wildest running event, the 14th annual Only Fools Run at Midnight, is coming up at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, with a brand new course. The race starts and finishes at Harrigan Centennial Hall and follows the Sitka Sea Walk (so no roads to cross, making it safer at night). KCAW-Raven Radio is delighted to bring you this costume-clad evening full of family fun and prizes.

Registration info and race details are available at kcaw.org, and the entry fee is $20 ($25 the night of the race). Prizes will be awarded for fastest finishers, best costumes, and wackiest centipede (five or more people attached in some form or fashion). Creativity is encouraged.

There are t-shirts for the first 200 to register, and lots of entertainment and fun to keep folks wide awake for the midnight run. Funky pre-race entertainment will be provided by the Sitka Fine Arts Camp staff.

For questions and more information, visit www.kcaw.org or contact Ken or Rachel Fate at 747-5877 or send email to foolsrun@kcaw.org.

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Sitka Museum Walk helps kick off Sesquicentennial Celebration

Sitka is kicking off its sesquicentennial celebration this week, and one of the events is the Sitka Museum Walk from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 31.

This event will take people to a variety of locations in town, including Sitka National Historical Park, Sheldon Jackson Museum, Russian Bishop’s House, St. Michael’s Cathedral, Sitka Maritime Heritage Society, and Sitka History Museum. There will be free refreshments and free transportation available. The museum walk is sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Sitka Tribal Tours.

To learn more about the Sitka Museum Walk, listen to the morning interview from Monday, March 27, on KCAW-Raven Radio featuring Jeff Budd, Jenya Anichenko, and Caitlin Rogers. To learn more about the sesquicentennial celebration, listen to the morning interview from Friday, March 24, on KCAW-Raven Radio with Pat Alexander, Hal Spackman, and Ryan Carpenter. KCAW also aired this story on Monday, March 27.

KCAW-Raven Radio to host Only Fools Run At Midnight on June 25

 

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Mark your calendars! Sitka’s wildest running event, the 13th annual Only Fools Run at Midnight, is coming up at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Sitka Fire Hall. KCAW-Raven Radio is delighted to bring you this costume-clad evening full of family fun and prizes.

Registration is open at kcaw.org and the entry fee is $20. Prizes awarded for fastest finishers, best costumes, and wackiest centipede (five or more people attached in some form or fashion). Creativity is encouraged.

We’ll have t-shirts for the first 175 to register, and lots of entertainment and fun to keep folks wide awake for the midnight run.

For questions and more information, visit www.kcaw.org or contact 747-5877 or send email to foolsrun@kcaw.org.

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SAIL turns Only Fools Run At Midnight fun run over to CoastAlaska and KCAW in Sitka

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Only Fools Run at Midnight SitkaSoutheast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL), the organization behind the much-loved costumed fun run fundraiser, Only Fools Run at Midnight, is passing the reins to CoastAlaska Inc. public media.

SAIL has organized the race to run simultaneously in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka for more than a decade. This year SAIL will help organize the 12th annual Only Fools Run At Midnight races with KTOO in Juneau, KCAW-Raven Radio in Sitka and KRBD in Ketchikan. Proceeds will be shared between the organizations during this transition year.

“It was a challenging decision for us. The race is so much fun and we love putting it on. Ultimately though, we decided that we wanted to focus our efforts and staff time on our mission: Inspiring personal independence for seniors and people with disabilities living in Southeast Alaska. We are excited to pass the torch to (CoastAlaska) public media and help with the transition this year,” said Joan O’Keefe, SAIL Executive Director.

SAIL is a Center for Independent Living and an Aging and Disability Resource Center serving people with disabilities of all ages and seniors throughout Southeast Alaska. SAIL has offices in Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and Haines.

“We think this is a perfect fit for the public radio stations. The race will allow us to connect with our listeners and supporters through a fun and creative community event. We are thankful to the SAIL Board for choosing us and are looking forward to organizing the event,” said Mollie Kabler, Executive Director of CoastAlaska Inc.

“Raven Radio is happy to help sustain this healthy, creative community tradition!” said Ken Fate, Station Manager at KCAW-Raven Radio.

CoastAlaska supports and provides resources for public broadcasting organizations throughout the state. In Southeast, KCAW-Raven Radio, KTOO and KRBD are all members of the CoastAlaska family of stations.

The race will be held at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, in Juneau and Ketchikan, and at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, in Sitka. The Sitka race will start and finish at the Sitka Fire Hall, and there will be a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) fun run or one-mile walking course.

Registration materials are available at Old Harbor Books, First Bank, the SAIL office (514 Lake Street), and the KCAW-Raven Radio office in the Cable House. You also can pre-register online at the KCAW website, or by clicking this link (online pre-registration is the preferred method). Pre-registration ends on June 18, and day-of-race registration starts at 10:30 p.m. at the Sitka Fire Hall. The registration fee is $20 per person, and the first 100 to register receive a t-shirt. In addition to prizes for the fastest finishers, there will be prizes for the best costumes (including centipede costumes connecting five or more runners/walkers). Costume judging runs from 11-11:45 p.m.

For more information about the Sitka event, call the KCAW-Raven Radio main number at 747-5877 or email foolsrun@kcaw.org. If you are interested in donating to support the event, please contact Justin Shoman at CoastAlaska in Juneau at 1-907-463-6422 or justins@coastalaska.org.

If you would like more information about SAIL and the ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program, please contact Tristan Knutson-Lombardo in Juneau at 907-586-4920 or email at tlombardo@sailinc.org, or contact Dave Nuetzel or Bridget Kratz in the Sitka office at 747-6859.

• Sitka Only Fools Run At Midnight Registration Form 2015

Alaska Airlines employees host “Sitka Sue Walk” on April 25 to help fight cancer

Participants line up for the 2011 Sitka Sue Walk. (Photo courtesy of Sheri Buggins)

Participants line up for the 2011 Sitka Sue Walk. (Photo courtesy of Sheri Buggins)

The Alaska Airlines station in Sitka has been hit hard by cancer in recent years, which is why the local airline employees will host the Eighth Annual Sitka Sue Walk at 8:30 a.m. (meet at 8:15 a.m.) on Saturday, April 25, at the Rocky Gutierrez Airport.

This annual walk honors the memory of long-time Alaska Airlines employee Sue “Sitka Sue” Frank, who passed away in 2007 from lung cancer. In 2012, the airline lost another Sitka employee, John Gassman, to cancer. Saturday’s five-kilometer walk from the airport to the Sitka Fire Hall and back will honor both and others in a “Flight to Fight” cancer. Participants can walk or run one way or round trip, and this is a dog-friendly event.

“We’ll be remembering those lost, supporting those in the battle and celebrating with those who have beat cancer,” event organizer Sheri Buggins said.

Rosie the Relayer Sitka PosterSitka Sue was known for her walks around Sitka, and her goal was to walk at least seven miles a day. After her death, a park bench was placed in her honor in front of the Sitka Fire Hall, where firefighters fondly remember the many meals she cooked for for them over the years. After her death, the local Alaska Airlines employees dedicated their new employee wellness walking program to her.

Donations of $10 are suggested, with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society‘s Relay For Life of Sitka, which will be held June 19-20 at Sitka’s Moller Park track/football field. This is one of several ACS Relay For Life events around the country (here’s more info about the Sitka event from this KCAW-Raven Radio interview in February 2013).

Alaska Airlines will have a team at the Sitka Sue Walk, and there will be luminarias to honor Sue and John. Healthy snacks will be served. For more information, contact Sheri Buggins at 738-0254.

• Relay For Life Of Sitka 2015 Brochure

Alaska Airlines employees host “Sitka Sue Walk” on April 26 to help fight cancer

Participants line up for the 2011 Sitka Sue Walk. (Photo courtesy of Sheri Buggins)

Participants line up for the 2011 Sitka Sue Walk. (Photo courtesy of Sheri Buggins)

The Alaska Airlines station in Sitka has been hit hard by cancer in recent years, which is why the local airline employees will host the Seventh Annual Sitka Sue Walk at 7:30 a.m. (meet at 7:15 a.m.) on Saturday, April 26, at the Rocky Gutierrez Airport.

This annual walk honors the memory of long-time Alaska Airlines employee Sue “Sitka Sue” Frank, who passed away in 2007 from lung cancer. In 2012, the airline lost another Sitka employee, John Gassman, to cancer. Saturday’s five-kilometer walk from the airport to the Sitka Fire Hall and back will honor both in a “Flight to Fight” cancer. Participants can walk or run one way or round trip, and this is a dog-friendly event.

Sitka Sue was known for her walks around Sitka, and her goal was to walk at least seven miles a day. After her death, a park bench was placed in her honor in front of the Sitka Fire Hall, where firefighters fondly remember the many meals she cooked for for them over the years. After her death, the local

Alaska Airlines employees dedicated their new employee wellness walking program to her.

Donations of $10 are suggested, with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society‘s Sitka Relay For Life, which will be held Aug. 15-16 at Sitka’s Moller Park track/football field. This is one of many ACS Relay For Life events around the country (here’s more info about the Sitka event from this KCAW-Raven Radio interview in February 2013).

Alaska Airlines will have a team at the Sitka Sue Walk, and there will be luminarias to honor Sue and John. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Sheri Buggins at 738-0254.

Sitka National Historical Park trail-building crews start work on River View Trail improvements

A National Park Service trail crew is working on the River View Trail in Sitka National Historical Park. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW-Raven Radio)

A National Park Service trail crew is working on the River View Trail in Sitka National Historical Park. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW-Raven Radio)

This week, the Sitka National Historical Park welcomed a trail-building work crew from Skagway that started making improvements to the park’s River View Trail. Details about the project were made public in this story that aired Thursday, Oct. 24, on KCAW-Raven Radio, and in the press release posted below.

Improvements Abound in Sitka National Historical Park

SITKA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK  (Oct. 23, 2013) — Great things are on the horizon at Sitka National Historical Park.  Here is a preview of the many improvements slated for this winter.

Work begins this week on the long-awaited completion the River View Trail.  The first phase of the trail project, which was completed in 2011, evolved as a response to the Sitka Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Action Plan.  This plan identified the community’s desire to see improved access through the park and the development of underutilized areas.  The second phase of this project will shift focus to the repair and rehabilitation of the old section of trail that was previously owned by Sheldon Jackson College and which terminates at the bike path on Sawmill Creek Road.  This project is funded in part by entrance and campground fees collected throughout the National Park Service units.

Over the course of the next four weeks, Sitka National Historical Park staff in conjunction with the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Skagway) trail crew will work together to improve the trail’s existing grade, remove wooden stairs and eliminate potential tripping hazards. The trail will be compacted and made sustainable for the future.  For those who are interested in being a part of this trail improvement project, the park will host a volunteer trail work day in November.  Stay tuned for more information about how you can make a lasting difference in your park!

Be prepared to also learn a little as you navigate your way through the park.  All of the park’s directional signage and outdoor interpretive signage (waysides) will be replaced over the course of the next year. The new directional signage, which will be mounted on stained cedar posts, will assist new and out-of-town visitors in finding their way around the park.  Seventeen new waysides will replace the outdated interpretive signage along the Totem Trail and in front of the Russian Bishop’s House.  The signs, which are fully accessible, will cover the Battle of 1804, the totem poles, Russian-American history and the ecology of the temperate rain forest.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/sitk or visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark.

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