Local News

Patrick Mayer named new school superintendent

The Wrangell school board held a special meeting Wednesday, April 16 to discuss a potential hire. The board approved offering a contract to Patrick Mayer for the position of superintendent of schools for the 2014 – 2015 school year. more
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Hospital renovations don’t preclude new facility

Like many hospitals in Southeast Alaska, Wrangell Medical Center is starting to look its age. A brand new hospital is still the long-term plan, but for now, the building is getting a much-needed makeover. more
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Nitty, gritty Betties skate to victory

Garnet Grit Betties bout - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KSTK

Wrangell’s roller derby team, the Garnet Grit Betties, held their first home bout last weekend. They skated against a team called Southeast Shakedown-- composed of derby girls from around the state. Some skaters traveled thousands of miles just to help give the Betties a bout. more
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Borough Assembly Meeting

April 8, 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting

Listen to the audio and read the agenda of the April 8, 2014 borough assembly meeting. more
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Peggy’s Corner of the House

Peggy’s Corner, Apr. 6 – 12

Representative Peggy Wilson - photo courtesy of http://house.legis.state.ak.us/rep.php?id=wls

Peggy's Corner of the House is the weekly legislative session update from Wrangell Republican Representative Peggy Wilson in Juneau. more
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Southeast News

Legislature to decide fate of Blue Lake loan

Sitka’s last chance to avoid another electric rate hike is in the hands of the Alaska House of Representatives this weekend. The city wants access to a low-cost loan to finance the final portion of the Blue Lake hydroelectric project. But first it needs the approval of the state legislature. more

High praise from Assembly for Gorman, Koutchak

City Administrator Mark Gorman and City Attorney Robin Koutchak each received their annual evaluations. Koutchak’s evaluation took place in private executive session; Gorman elected to have his evaluation done in public. more

Stedman Elementary School construction begins

Construction has begun on the Rae C. Stedman Elementary school in Petersburg. The 40-year-old building is getting some new siding, windows, and insulation through a $2.3 million dollar project. The Alaska Commercial Contractors is doing the work. To find out how it's going, Angela Denning checked in with the Principal Erica Kludt-Painter and Petersburg School District Maintenance Director, Dan Tate. more

Support KSTK

Spring Membership Drive

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Our Spring Membership Drive kicks off Monday, April 28th! If you’d like to help out your station by volunteering, please call 874-2345 or email asia@kstk.org. Remember you can support KSTK any time online by clicking the orange "Donate Now" button to the right. more
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Special on KSTK

National Poetry Month, April 5, 2014

April is National Poetry Month. In celebration, KSTK is airing poetry written and read by local artists every Friday before the Alaska Fisheries report at 5:30pm. This week features Shady Grove Oliver, Jing O'Brien, Laura Helgeson, Helen Decker and Kayla Hay. more
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National Poetry Month!

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April is National Poetry Month! Tune in to KSTK 101.7 FM or stream online every Friday afternoon in April at approximately 5:30 pm to hear local residents reading their favorite poems. more
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Weekly Photo Contest

Theresa Allen - Tired of The Rain

Each week, the photo with the most "likes" on Facebook will be featured as our cover photo and on kstk.org! The winner will also receive a KSTK Carabiner. To submit a photo, simply email it with your name and a brief description to asia@kstk.org. To view and “like” submitted photos, visit this week’s album on Facebook. more
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Statewide News

Effort To Revive Parts Of Controversial Permitting Bill Scrapped

An effort to resurrect parts of House Bill 77 was abandoned on Friday night. More

Education Activists Wary of Latest School Funding Bill

In Juneau, the latest version of the education funding bill emerged today, and it isn’t what school advocates were hoping for. Senate Finance co-chairman Kevin Meyer says it’s a comprehensive bill that would add $100 million to education, and he says the Republican majority is committed to keeping that money in the budget for each of the next three years. Download Audio More

Legislators Enter Session’s Home Stretch

Education isn’t the only thing left on the Legislature’s plate. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is our Capitol correspondent, and she’s joining us today to walk us through what lawmakers need to do in the 60 hours before they gavel out. Download Audio More

National News

Divers Begin Pulling Bodies From Sunken Ferry

Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken ferry More

Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert

The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change? More

GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw

General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 cars, newly released federal documents show. The Saturn Ions were found to have defective power steering systems. More