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It’s not often that a tight housing market boasts the largest average home size in the region coupled with home prices 40 percent below the regional average and the lowest rental prices in the state. But, Wrangell also has the … more

Deer MountainTwo longtime Ketchikan residents have formed a new organization to stop recently announced plans to log Deer Mountain.

Homeowners Karen Ellingstad and Fred Triem took down the home at 1011 Wrangell Avenue in 2014.The legal battle continues over a demolished home on Wrangell Avenue in Petersburg. The structure was taken down in 2014 after the borough declared it a dangerous home. The owners of the home are appealing last year’s court ruling in favor of the Petersburg borough and have filed another suit challenging borough staff visits to the property in preparation for demolition.

I-Voted-StickerFive-o-clock Thursday was the deadline for local candidates to file for city and borough office. Here's a wrap-up on who is running for which seats.

markjensen2Without any challenger for his seat this October, Petersburg borough mayor Mark Jensen will be continuing on in that role for another three years. The 60-year-old welder and commercial fisherman has been mayor of the borough since the start of the new expanded municipality in January of 2013. Before that he served on the council for the city of Petersburg and filled in for as city mayor when needed.

ShooterDrill2The U.S. Coast Guard base in Ketchikan was the scene of a simulated active shooter on Wednesday, complete with fake casualties, a successful “arrest,” and lessons on rapid-response medical care.

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Thursday begins a new school year in Wrangell, and as it begins, the Wrangell school district is absorbing $51,000 in education cuts.

Gov. Bill Walker made $48 million in cuts to education funding earlier this year, resulting in a $51,000 … more

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)The Alaska Mental Health Trust took its first step toward logging Ketchikan’s iconic Deer Mountain, along with a parcel in Petersburg.

Bob KindredJazz saxophonist Bob Kindred died August 15th in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 76. Kindred was well known in the Ketchikan jazz community, performing at First City Players Jazz and Cabaret Festival for more than a dozen years.

2-12-14-THCC-PodiumCiting federal budget cuts, Southeast Alaska’s regional tribal government is temporarily ending programs that provide food, clothing and shelter to its most needy clients.

A view from the sand dunes of the Stikine River mouth near Wrangell (KFSK file photo)An employee with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game from Petersburg was treated for a shotgun wound last week following an incident on the Stikine River involving another department employee.

2-12-14-THCC-PodiumSoutheast Alaska’s regional tribal government is temporarily ending programs that provide food, clothing and shelter to its most needy clients.

ruthsandvik5Ruth W. Sandvik passed away July 29 in Seattle’s Kline Galland home in the comfort of her family. Ruth, 100 years old, fractured her hip at her assisted living in Petersburg then was air evacuated to Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. After a successful operation she suffered a stroke and didn’t ever fully recover.

Sulphurets Creek, which drains naturally occurring rusty water from the KSM mine prospect, enters Mitchell Creek upstream from Southeast Alaska. Tribal officials worry mining will send polluted water into British Columbia rivers that flow into Alaska. KSM officials say their pollution-control designs will keep that from happening. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization said this month’s meetings with the U.S. State Department and Environmental Protection Agency were productive. Among other things, the agencies could help expand water-monitoring efforts along transboundary rivers

Jo Ann Day hold her cat, Bella, next to her lending library. Photo/Angela DenningJo Ann Day built a little blue library in her front yard to encourage book sharing.

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The window to declare candidacy in Wrangell’s local elections is coming to a close in 13 days, and some open seats have no candidates.

The Wrangell Borough Assembly and Port Commission have two three-year terms open. No candidates are running … more

Ensign Mari Freitag (photo courtesy of the US Navy).Ketchikan native and 2008 Kayhi graduate Mari Freitag is in Corpus Christi, Texas, participating in a training program that transforms U.S. Navy officers into Navy pilots.

The Ketchikan Pioneer Home is one of six in Alaska caring for older residents. (Photo by KRBD)Alaska’s Pioneer Homes have stopped accepting new residents, at least for a while. It’s one more impact of state budget cuts.

Albert Macasaet is seen in Ketchikan District Court during his first-felony appearance Tuesday, Aug. 16. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Additional charges have been filed against a 27-year-old Prince of Wales Island man accused of murdering his girlfriend.

The Amber Anne being lifted at Wrangell's marine service center. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Wrangell has been reinventing itself as a maritime community since the collapse of the timber industry in the early ‘90s. In November 2006, the community’s marine service center lifted its first boat out of the water. Now, 10 years later, … more

Petersburg's sole precinct is in the Community Building. Photo/Angela DenningThe deadline to file for elected office is Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. The necessary paperwork can be picked up at the borough office and is also on the borough’s website.

Despite a one-day seining opening, Petersburg's South Harbor is full of boats, many with their nets removed. (Photo/Abbey Collins)The pink salmon season in Southeast is supposed to be peaking right now. Instead, the run is actually slowing, harvests have been poor, and as KFSK’s Abbey Collins reports from Petersburg, many fishermen are wrapping up the season early.

Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter sits with school board members Cheryl File and Sarah Holmgrain at a meeting Aug. 9, 2016The Stedman Elementary School renovation in 2014 and restructuring at the middle and high school has cut costs to the school district the last few years.

Wrangell High School. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

The Alaska Department of Education created Alaska Native cultural standards in 2012. The five standards aim to guide school districts across the state towards culturally-responsive teaching. Seven Southeast school districts, plus Kodiak, are partnering with the Southeast Regional Resource Center … more

This image is part of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's Supplemental on Aquatic Pest Control.The State has issued a notice of pesticide spraying. The Petersburg Borough Assembly is sending a letter to the State asking for a comment period extension and a public hearing in Petersburg.

Canned salmon label courtesy of Karen HofstadThere used to be hundreds of canneries all along Alaska's coast line. The first ones opened in 1878 in Sikta and Klawock.

Scott Harris downloads stream temperature data from a logger placed in Salmon Lake Creek on Baranof Island (courtesy of Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition)

The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition plans to record the temperature of salmon streams across Southeast Alaska over the next two years. The project aims to collect the data to measure climate change’s affect on Alaska’s most prominent fish.

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Bob Sivertsen

Republican candidate for House District 36 Bob Sivertsen made a campaign stop in Wrangell this week to meet with residents.

Sivertsen is the only Republican running against incumbent Dan Ortiz, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. While in different … more

sewage mainline being fixed

A sewer mainline broke early Monday morning near Zimovia Highway in Wrangell, allowing about 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into the inner harbor.

The break happened near the Zimovia Highway and Case Avenue intersection. Public Works Director, Amber Al-Haddad, said … more

Sewage mainline being fixed. (Courtesy of Wrangell Public Works department.)

A sewer mainline broke early Monday morning near Zimovia Highway, allowing  about 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into Wrangell’s inner harbor.

The break happened near the Zimovia Highway and Case Avenue intersection. The Public Works department was notified around 6:30 … more