Registration open as the 2020 Alaska Walk and Bike Conference goes virtual and free

The 2020 Alaska Walk and Bike Conference is going virtual, and now it’s free. It will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, June 9-12. Click this link to register for the conference.

Each day’s agenda will open with a specialist discussing the science and evidence of that day’s theme, followed by another speaker who will feature an Alaska example. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ‘chat’ and share information after each day’s events.

The themes and speakers for each day are:

Some of our speakers include Ana Lucaci and Nicole Huegenin of Denver-based Walk2Connect, Dr. Elliot Bruhl of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC, Chief Medical Officer based in Sitka), Bonita Banks BSN RN of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alfgeir Kristjannson PhD from the University of West Virginia and Reykjavik University (Iceland), Maeve Nevins-Lavtar from the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation, Dr Frederick Foote MD, Sarana Schell of AARP Alaska, Ken McLeod JD policy director of the League of American Bicyclists, Lee Hart of the Alaska Outdoor Alliance, and Scott Menzies and Charlie Lowell of the Sustina Bicycle Institute.

Click this link, https://www.kcaw.org/2020/05/18/alaska-walk-and-bike-conference-goes-virtual-this-june/, to hear Sitka’s Doug Osborne of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Anchorage’s Dawn Groth RN BSN of the Alaska Division of Public Health discuss the conference during a May 18 morning interview on Sitka’s KCAW-Raven Radio.

A tentative agenda is posted below. To register for this free, virtual conference, click this link, https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_u_Hpx4yzQtK4khFeIX5BMg. For more information, contact Dawn Groth at dawn.groth@alaska.gov.

• Alaska Walk and Bike Conference flier (PDF for printing)

• Tentative Agenda for the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference (updated May 28)

Greater Sitka Arts Council to host annual Fall Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 29

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The Greater Sitka Arts Council will host its annual Fall Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, at several businesses in downtown Sitka.

Lincoln Street will be closed to traffic for this event, and there will be some events in the street by the New Archangel Dancers and from the Nutcracker by Sitka Studio of Dance.

The free art walk will give people a chance to see new art work, visit with your neighbors, and maybe get an early gift idea for the holidays. Friday, Nov. 29, is a sales tax holiday in Sitka, so you won’t have to pay tax on any art you buy.

Here are highlights from some of the participating businesses:

  • SITKA ROSE GALLERY, 419 LINCOLN ST. — Artwork from all over Alaska.
  • GREATER SITKA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE / VISIT SITKA, 104 LAKE ST. — Sign up for your Greater Sitka Arts Council annual membership and get a free mug. Music by David Nichols. Membership drive sponsored by Northrim Bank.
  • CABIN FEVER GALLERY AND GIFTS, 321 LINCOLN ST. — Featuring artwork by local artists.
  • ARTIST COVE GALLERY, 241 LINCOLN ST. — Featuring the artwork of Mark Sixbey.
  • ALASKA PURE SEA SALT, 239 LINCOLN ST. — With Sweet Sister Caramels. New holiday flavors and delicious gifts.
  • ABBY’S REFLECTION APPAREL & QUILTWORKS, 231 LINCOLN ST. — A guide of supplies from A to Z.
  • SITKA LUTHERAN CHURCH, 224 LINCOLN ST. — Photography by Sandra Rudd.
  • ISLAND ARTISTS GALLERY, 205 LINCOLN ST. — Norm Campbell will do calligraphy during Art Walk. Also with new works from a multitude of local artists, including Route 66 photography by Janet Berlin, watercolors from Newfoundland by Pat Kehoe, pottery from Auriella Hughes, silver bracelets from Sarah Winfield, hand-painted purses and bags by Amy Sweeney, ammonite jewelry from Liz Faulkner, evocative imaginary landscapes by Norm Campbell, basket-weave-illusion wooden bowls by Jim Kirkness, beaded jewelry by Cass Pook, acrylic paintings from David Gross, painted drums and beaded jewelry from Helen Mercado, moccasins and beaded works from Linda Janecek, Sitka photographs by Roberta White, lightcatchers by Barb Bingham, wildlife photography from Dan Kilkeary, stained glass pieces by Kate Cluff, dichroic glass jewelry by Catherine Weaver, cast silver jewelry by Doug Dabrowski, handmade rare jewels and accessories by Amelia Mosher, macramé jewelry and artworks by Cayla Pook, metal works by Marcus Lee, paintings by Frances Braun, prints from Steve Lawrie and Nora Skeele, jewelry by Joella and Cloe Turner, fish prints by Jerry Wright, whimsical works from Jan Steinbright, hand-painted silk scarves by Lori Lang, and colorful hats and stickers from Raven Shaw. Appetizers and libations also available.
  • GALANIN + KLEIN, 203 LINCOLN ST. — Featuring fine-crafted knives by artist Adam Fondel and silver carver Jerrod Galanin.
  • SITKA CONSERVATION SOCIETY, 201 LINCOLN ST., SUITE NO. 4 (UPSTAIRS, ABOVE OLD HARBOR BOOKS) — Featuring the photography haiku of Lione Clare.
  • OLD HARBOR BOOKS, 201 LINCOLN ST. — Paintings by James Poulson and music by Bellymeat.
  • GALLERY BY THE SEA (FORMERLY ROBERTSON’S ART GALLERY AND CUSTOM FRAMING), 128 LINCOLN ST. — Live jazz music by Stephanie Patton.
  • SITKA HOTEL, RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE, 118 LINCOLN ST. — Music by Summerfall.
  • 57 PEAKS, 102 LINCOLN ST. — Watercolors by Dixie Peterson.
  • BEAK RESTAURANT AND KCAW-RAVEN RADIO, 2 LINCOLN ST. — Uilleann bagpipes by John Ingman, beaded jewelry by Haley Angus, nature photography by Matt Goff. The KCAW-Raven Radio Retail Shop will be open.

More galleries and artists may be added later. For more information, contact thinkartthinksitka@gmail.com.

Help us do walking/biking traffic counts and walk audits around Sitka

Hello, my name is Charles Bingham and I run the Walk Sitka website. In April, I was named to the Walking College Fellowship program coordinated by the national walking advocacy nonprofit America Walks. As part of the Walking College program, I have to work on a walking action plan for the community, and I need your help.

Over the last few years, I’ve written Sitka’s two Walk Friendly Communities program applications, and we earned a Bronze designation in 2013 and repeated at the Bronze level in 2017. In the report card we were given after the application process, one of our weaknesses was in the Evaluation part of the Five E’s (Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement and Evaluation), the main five question categories in the application. To improve our score in the Evaluation part of the application, we need to gather more data. If we don’t have good data to know how walking and biking traffic moves through Sitka, then we can’t make sure we have adequate infrastructure to handle the needs.

Part of my walking action plan will be focused on gathering this data by conducting walking/biking traffic counts at different intersections at various times of the day, and doing some walk audits/walk assessments where people walk some of our streets and note problems such as broken sidewalks, power poles blocking sidewalks, poor lighting, accessibility issues for someone in a wheelchair, etc. This is where I need your help.

As I mentioned in my Morning Interview on Tuesday, May 29, on KCAW-Raven Radio, I need volunteers to help me do walking/biking traffic counts at various intersections and to do walk audits along some of our streets. These will only take an hour or two of your time, and you can pick the time, day, and intersection to count or street to audit. We need a good mix of times and conditions for the traffic counts (mornings, nights, cruise ship days, non-cruise ship days, etc.), and it’s good to get a variety of streets audited.

If you want to help, you can print out the forms posted below and go out and record your findings. Or you can give me a call at 907-623-7660 or email me at charleswbingham3@gmail.com. Your help is greatly appreciated. All data collected will be shared with the Sitka Planning Department to help plan future walking and biking upgrades in Sitka.

• Three-Page Walking/Biking Traffic Count Form

• Walkability and Walking Tour Assessment of Land Use (City of Sitka document for Katlian Street, but can be modified for other streets)

• AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit

• AARP Walk Audit Leader Guide

KCAW-Raven Radio highlights Sitka’s renewal as a Bronze-level Walk Friendly Community

Click this link to hear an Oct. 31 story from KCAW-Raven Radio about how Sitka became a two-time Bronze-level Walk Friendly Community.

The story includes part of an interview KCAW news director Robert Woolsey did with Charles Bingham, who wrote the original Walk Friendly Community application in 2013 and the renewal application in 2017. In the interview, they discuss the 40-page application and what goes into a walkable community.

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.