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KHNS News Year in Review for 2013
A look back at some of the top news stories and events from 2013 for the Upper Lynn Canal.
In 2012, "massive open online courses" were lauded as the most important trend in higher education. But this year, educators and even students rebelled against the rapid expansion of online learning. Two of the biggest MOOCs say they're making big changes in how they deliver their classes in 2014.
Joe Thomas, Linda Schrack and Terri Burr are language instructors with Ketchikan Indian Community. KIC and KRBD are working together to produce tutorials in the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages. Language
Artist Danelle Landis’ exhibit, “Mark of the Beast” opens Friday (January 3rd). Landis talks about her art and an upcoming workshop. DanelleLandis
The holiday festivities are almost over. Now it’s time to enjoy all that Christmas loot. In Sitka, some of the most prized Christmas toys aid in outdoor exploration. But with these toys, comes great responsibility. Search and Rescue captain Don Kluting and Air Station Sitka operations officer Pete Melnick had these words of warning for Sitkans eager to hit the trails.
Sitka is the ideal for day hikes with epic views, or island hopping from a skiff. It is also ideal for hypothermia. Here’s Air Station Sitka operations officer Pete Melnick: ”The weather can change so fast and if you’re not properly dressed, if you’re not properly equipped, it’s unforgiving. It will take your life.”
Danger can strike close to home. Without dry and warm clothing, Don Kluting says even a run on the cross trail can quickly escalate into a life and death scenario. “You don’t plan on anything happening but you break a leg and now you’re not able to move.”
But, enjoying the outdoors doesn’t need to be risky – as long as you take some basic precautions.
Kluting says, “number one file a trip plan.”
Before you leave, let someone know the details of your trip: where you plan to go, and when you’ll be back. Call Search and Rescue. Call the Fire Department. This is just one way to ensure rescuers can reach you sooner should plans go awry.
Melnick recommends calling USCG’s multi-mission unit, sector Juneau, if you decide to deviate from your plan once in the field.
Kluting: Number two make sure you have the appropriate equipment.
Mostly importantly the right clothing. Choose a polypropylene or capilene base layer – something to wick away the moisture. Layer that with a breathable waterproof shell.
It also doesn’t hurt to carry a survival pack containing a space blanket, garbage bag, flashlight, a whistle, and a signaling device. Melhick says a signaling device, or something that will pinpoint your location like a VHF radio or a personal locator beacon is critical.
A charged cell phone can also make a big difference. Kluting says that texts will often come through in areas where reception is spotty. “It prevents that time spending hours searching in an area where you never were.”
Both the Fire Station and Sitka Mountain Rescue have equipment available that can supplement your survival pack. The Fire Hall has VHF radios available for loan, or you can pick up a personal locator beacon from Sitka Mountain Rescue.
If you think that you or a family member might be facing an emergency rescue situation, Melnick says it’s better to call sooner rather than later. “Time is the enemy here. Once you get exposed the clock starts ticking.”
If you have any questions about outdoor preparedness in Sitka call the Sitka Mountain Rescue office at 747-3225.
Melissa Marconi-Wentzel also contributed to this story.
Michael Zusman used to be a lawyer, specializing in suing financial companies. The work literally started making him sick. Then he stumbled into baking. His new cookbook promises that you can make your own pastrami, pickles and bagels better than you can buy at your local deli.
New Year's Day has become its own holiday of sorts for some hockey fans. The Detroit Red Wings play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Wednesday in front of more than 100,000 people. The game time weather forecast: about 18 degrees, with an 80 percent chance of snow.
Search for "Champagne, bubbles and drunk," and you'll get headlines like "Why Bubbles Make You More Giggly." But when we took a close look at the science supporting the urban legend, we weren't impressed. The effect doesn't happen to everyone, and when it does, it's just temporary.
A new borough, a big earthquake and record pink salmon catches were just a few of the top stories in Petersburg for 2013. As the year draws to a close, the reporters of CoastAlaska, put together a look back at the headlines from their communities and the region. Here’s Matt Lichtenstein’s report from KFSK in Petersburg.
Petersburg’s volunteer fire department is looking for more firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and search and rescue members. Training opportunities will be coming up early next year.
Matt Lichtenstein asked three long-time volunteers to talk about their experience with the department including Fire Chief Doug Welde, Assistant Chief and EMT Dave Berg and EMS Lieutenant Valerie Allen.
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Fire department volunteers can qualify for several benefits including a break on property tax, year-round medevac insurance, and workers compensation insurance for training and emergency response. Training for firefighters, ETT’s and search and rescue volunteers all takes place locally during evenings and weekends.
For more information on how to volunteer, you can contact the department at 772-3355.