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Sivertsen and Ortiz square off in town hall debate

Sivertsen Ortiz debate

House District 36 candidates, independent Dan Ortiz and Republican Bob Sivertsen, squared off in a town hall debate in the Wrangell Assembly chambers Wednesday.


Both Ortiz and Sivertsen agree on most things, resource development, finding additional revenue sources … more

Former Ketchikanite wins Peace Corp blog award

Mark Jahnke in Kyrgyzstan . (Photo courtesy Mark Jahnke)A former Ketchikan resident and Peace Corps volunteer recently won a trip to Washington, D.C., after his blog about volunteering in Kyrgyzstan won an online social-media contest.

Southeast included in pink salmon relief request

Pink salmon-ADF&GGovernor Bill Walker decided Wednesday to include Southeast Alaska’s pink salmon into a request for a federal disaster declaration.

Mental Health committee revisits logging vote

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority’s resource management committee approved two motions Wednesday to recommend that the Board of Trustees take another vote on its controversial August decision to log portions of Deer Mountain and a parcel in Petersburg.

Three Southeast ports land some of the largest volumes for 2015


Three Southeast ports landed some of last year’s largest volumes of seafood in the U.S. according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report released Wednesday.

Petersburg, Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau were among the list of several major U.S. ports. … more

Petersburg volunteers sew quilts for veterans

Carol Kandoll sits next to a Quilt of Valor at the quilt show in the Petersburg High School lobby, Oct. 22. Photo/Angela DenningPetersburg quilters have awarded 12 quilts so far to local veterans in the project, Quilts of Valor. Their goal is to make 100 for all local veterans in town.

33 Alaska judges up for retention on Nov. 8

Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens. (KRBD file photo)In the First Judicial District, which comprises the southern Southeast region, voters will decide whether to retain four of the district’s judges.

Morgan Enright talks about recovery after Angoon plane crash

Morgan Enright as pictured on Caring Bridge website.

Morgan Enright survived a plane crash in Angoon this spring that left three dead. After months of recovery at three facilities across the country, she is back in Alaska and getting back to work. KSTK’s Aaron Bolton sat down with … more

Fall Dungeness season off to a slow start


The first month of the fall Dungeness crab season is off to a slow start in the Wrangell and Petersburg area. Adam Messmer is a shellfish biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

“Yea, the catch is slightly … more

Southeast pols seek inclusion in pink salmon disaster request

Pink salmon spawn in a creek near Petersburg. (KFSK file photo)State politicians are asking the Governor to include Southeast in the state’s requests for pink salmon disaster relief. The Walker administration is already seeking federal disaster declarations for commercial pink salmon fisheries in Prince William Sound, Kodiak, Chignik and the Lower Cook Inlet.

Sitka Democratic legislator answers questions on crime bill lobbying, state budget

Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is facing a challenger from his hometown in the race to represent House district 35. The district includes Petersburg, Angoon, Hoonah, Kake, Pelican, Craig, Klawock and northern Prince of Wales Island communities.

Mental Health committee to vote on reconsideration

Deer Mountain (KRBD file photo)The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority’s resource management committee meets Wednesday starting at 1 p.m., and will vote on whether to recommend reconsideration of the Trust Board’s decision to start the process of logging parts of Deer Mountain and a parcel in Petersburg.

Charter election to be in-person after all

Borough SealDuring a four-minute special meeting Monday night, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted unanimously to change the by-mail special Charter Commission election to an in-person election.

Father and son team up to study glacier retreat near Petersburg

An ice chunk falling of Leconte Glacier causes a huge splash. Photo/Elliot NashOceanographer, Jonathan Nash continues research at Leconte Glacier near Petersburg for clues as to how fast melting ice could affect sea levels all over the world. And this time he brought his drone-flying 12-year-old son.

Constitution Party’s Ken Shaw runs for HD36

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Three people are running for the House District 36 seat. We had earlier reports on incumbent Dan Ortiz and his Republican challenger Bob Sivertsen. And on Friday, KRBD’s Leila Kheiry sat down with Constitution Party candidate Ken Shaw.

Here’s a … more

Applicants file for Council, School Board seats

birdFive people filed for a vacancy on the Ketchikan City Council; four want to fill an empty Ketchikan School Board seat.

Sitka state house challenger campaigns in Petersburg

sheilafinkenbinderPetersburg’s representative in the Alaska House next year will be someone from Sitka, either the 27-year old Democrat who holds the seat, or his 70-year-old Republican challenger.

Former teacher and new student connect in shop class

Former PHS shop teacher, Bill Neumann, current shop teacher, Dave Owens, and Sophomore shop student, Sebastian Davis stand next to the lathe machine in the high school shop. Photo/Angela DenningFormer PHS teacher, Bill Neumann and PHS Sophomore, Sebastian Davis may come from different generations but they share a common interest: creating something from scratch in shop class.

Logging emails: ‘Helpful’ or just informational?

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Deer Mountain was the topic of a series of borough emails this week, with some claiming the Ketchikan Gateway Borough manager had been too helpful toward the Alaska Mental Health Trust.

Potential Wrangell pot business applies for licenses


The Wrangell Assembly passed a zoning ordinance last week that made way for marijuana businesses in Wrangell. Now, Wrangell’s only proposed pot business, Happy Cannabis, is initiating its applications with the state, beginning the final push for construction to be … more

40th annual Oktoberfest is this Saturday in Petersburg

Oktoberfest-logo-300x157The event, happening at the Community Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., features over 50 vendors of handmade crafts and homemade food.

Dan Ortiz calls for Republican candidate Bob Sivertsen to denounce “dark money”

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House District 36 incumbent Dan Ortiz called for Republican candidate Bob Sivertsen to denounce so-called “dark money” in this year’s campaign on Monday.

He was referring to the independent expenditure group known as Southeast Voters for Bob Sivertsen, which has … more

Hunters break moose harvest record

A legal moose harvested this year lays in the back of a truck. Photo courtesy of ADF&GA total of 112 moose were harvested in the local hunt near Petersburg, Wrangell, and Kake despite a below average harvest on the Stikine River.

Petersburg to consider accepting state docks next month

The state dock at Papke's Landing is used by recreational boaters, commercial and sport fishing fleets and remote residents accessing homes in the area. (KFSK file photo)Petersburg’s borough assembly hopes to make some decisions about taking over three state-owned docks in the borough, possibly as soon as next month. The state Department of Transportation has offered to turn over the three remote facilities along with some money for maintenance work.

Assembly OKs charter election brochure

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted Monday evening in favor of a voter information brochure, in case there is a charter commission election in December; discussed selective logging in the Blank Inlet area; and talked about the search for a new borough manager.

Joe Miller brings Senate campaign to Ketchikan

Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Miller meets supporters during a campaign trip to Ketchikan. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Prompting a feeling of deja-vu, Joe Miller is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Lisa Murkowski. This time, though, Murkowski won her primary and has the Republican Party backing, and Miller is running as the Libertarian Party candidate.

U.S. producers push for tariffs on Canadian timber

A fire left its mark on this Tongass National Forest tree trunk, as seen in 2008. (Creative Commons photo by Xa’at)

The deadline to strike a deal on Canadian softwood lumber imports into the U.S. came and went Wednesday. The past agreement controlled Canadian lumber import prices which allowed Alaskan lumber to compete in the market. The U.S. Lumber Coalition said … more

SEARHC acquires Wrangell based AICS


The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announced Wednesday that it would be acquiring Wrangell based Alaska Island Community Services.

AICS CEO Mark Walker said the Wrangell operation will retain its name and continue operating out of its existing locations.

“All … more

Wrangell Assembly passes pot zoning codes


The Wrangell Borough Assembly unanimously passed modifications to zoning ordinances to make way for marijuana businesses Tuesday. The ordinance lays out rules for all four types of marijuana licenses, growing, manufacturing, retail and testing.

Wrangell Economic Development Director, Carol Rushmore, … more

Ferry system’s proposed Summer 2017 schedule released

The fast ferry Fairweather sails in Chatham Strait in 2010. It and the Chenega will be tied up for most of the fall, winter and spring. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

The Alaska Marine Highway System Tuesday released a proposed schedule for next summer.

Ferry system spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said it doesn’t show much of a decline compared to summer 2016. But he said the system will see about 10 fewer … more