Wrangell Assembly calls for public comment on lean budget Wrangell Assembly calls for public comment on lean budget

Wrangell Assembly calls for public comment on lean budget

Like other municipalities around the state, Wrangell is struggling to deal with expected decreases in state funding and increasing costs. The Wrangell borough is considering a balanced budget for the upcoming year but has had to leave some positions unfilled and raise the cost of some services. The Borough Assembly will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening at 5:45 pm and a budge … more

Wrangell’s ferry service declines in proposed schedule Wrangell’s ferry service declines in proposed schedule

Wrangell's ferry service declines in proposed schedule

The state Department of Transportation released their proposed Southeast ferry schedule for the 2017 fiscal year Thursday. The proposed schedule lays out sailing dates and times for October through April. Wrangell’s ferry terminal would see 22 less sailings during those months compared to 2015. That would mean 14 less sailings to Ketchikan and eight less to Petersburg. The 2017 summe … more

Happy Cannabis moves forward with retail store construction. Happy Cannabis moves forward with retail store construction.

Happy Cannabis moves forward with retail store construction.

document.createElement('audio'); http://www.kstk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/HCW.mp3 The owner of Diamond C Café and Happy Cannabis is moving forward with construction of a proposed marijuana business in Wrangell’s commercial district. Owner Kelsey Martinsen hopes he will receive conditional use permits for cultivating and manufacturing marijuana, as well as a retail store. … more

Hello Wrangell Hello Wrangell

Hello Wrangell

Hello Wrangell! My name is Aaron Bolton. I have taken over as the reporter at KSTK, and I’m very excited to be a part of your community. I’m sure I will be crossing your path as I settle into your beautiful town. It is my first time setting foot in Alaska and everything is brand new. I’m from Minnesota, and I have been told it’s very apparent from my accent. I grew up in a small farming community. In some respects your c … more

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Wrangell Disaster Drill

On Wednesday, May 4th at 5:35 pm the “All Out” siren signaled the beginning of a Disaster Drill in Wrangell, a combined effort of the Wrangell Fire Department, Wrangell Medical Center and the Department of Transportation. The disaster drill scenario: A passenger jet accelerating for takeoff, ingested foreign object debris in the right engine resulting in engine failure. While attempting to abort the t … more

Local News

Wrangell Assembly calls for public comment on lean budget

Wrangell's Assembly holds a budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. (File Photo)

The Borough Assembly will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening at 5:45 pm and a budget workshop at 6 pm. The Assembly will hold one more public hearing before their June 14 regular meeting where the final budget will be passed. more
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Wrangell’s ferry service declines in proposed schedule

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 state Department of Transportation released their proposed Southeast ferry schedule for the 2017 fiscal year Thursday. The proposed schedule lays out sailing dates and times for October through April. Wrangell’s ferry terminal would see 22 less sailings during those months compared to 2015. That would mean 14 less sailings to Ketchikan and eight less to Petersburg. The 2017 summer schedule has yet to be set. more
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Happy Cannabis moves forward with retail store construction.

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The owner of Diamond C Café and Happy Cannabis is moving forward with construction of a proposed marijuana business in Wrangell’s commercial district. Owner Kelsey Martinsen hopes he will receive conditional use permits for cultivating and manufacturing marijuana marijuana, as well as a retail store. more
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Borough Assembly Meeting

Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting 4-26-16

Wrangell's Borough Assembly held its regular meeting Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 in the Assembly Chambers. Click "more" to listen to audio of that meeting. more
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Southeast News

Bear attack survivor: ‘Grace was extended to me’

The survivor of a brown bear mauling near Yakutat 10 days ago says the animal was startled, and attacked instinctively. Ken Steck is recovering from his wounds. He spoke recently with KCAW.

Post-crisis, hospital works to pay back city

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The financial picture at Sitka Community Hospital is like the tortoise: slow and steady, but determined. The city-owned hospital is still recovering from the discovery of a cash flow problem in 2014, but will begin paying down its $1 million debt to the city this coming fiscal year.

Sounds from Mayfest: an audio postcard

Jeane Osborne and Gladys Carter crochet at a booth in downtown Petersburg. Photo/Angela Denning

The Little Norway Festival also known as Mayfest drew visitors to downtown Petersburg for crafts, food, and good times.

Fundraisers

Just $2,277 Away!

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KSTK is still $2,277 away from our Spring Membership Goal. Do you use KSTK and kstk.org to check in for local information, news or music? Are you someone who listens to TED Radio, Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me or Radio Lab? Without support from individuals like you, KSTK won't exist. It's that simple. If you've not donated yet, please do so by calling 874-2345 or click on the orange Donate Fish in the upper right of this page. Thanks! more
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KSTK 50/50 Cash Raffle!

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Take a chance to win a big pile of cash in KSTK's 50/50 cash raffle. Our goal is to sell 320 tickets at $25 each or 5 tickets for $100. That means if all tickets sell, the winner will take home somewhere between $3,200 and $4,000!! Tickets available at KSTK, by phone with a credit card at 874-2345, or from any KSTK staff or board member. We'll draw the lucky winning ticket on June 10, 2016. more
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Special on KSTK

Top Ten Derby Ladder

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Here is your Top Ten King Salmon Derby Ladder for Monday, May 23rd. There are many new names on the list, but Steve Prysunka is still the guy to beat! Sponsored on KSTK by Angerman's Inc. City Market and Sentry Hardware. Thanks to Wrangell Chamber of Commerce. more
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Support KSTK

KSTK Open Board Seat

Photo Courtesy of Lucy Moline-Robinson

KSTK is looking to fill seat "A" of the KSTK Board of Directors. This is a 3-year term expiring November 2018. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a resident of Wrangell, and a KSTK member in good standing. KSTK board members are Wrangell residents who have the stations best interest in mind, who help the station be successful and financially stable and who can spend time volunteering to help raise money for the station. Interested individuals may submit a letter of interest to KSTK General Manager, Cindy Sweat in person or by email at cindy@kstk.org . Letters may also be submitted to KSTK Board Chair Angie Flickinger by email at a5eldred@gmail.com. more
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Community Focused Programming

Wrangell’s Recreation and Road Report

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Each week Corree Delabrue from the Wrangell Ranger District provides information on road conditions, logging traffic, recreational reminders, nature observations and more. This is Wrangell's Recreation and Road Report for May 17th through 24th. more
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Wrangell’s Tlingit Phrase of the Week

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Tlingit Phrase of the Week is a project launched to help with the survival and renewal of the Tlingit language in Wrangell. Each phrase speaks to Wrangell's seasons and the Tlingit way of life. In the month of May, seagulls have laid their eggs. more
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National News

Fueled By Young Voters, Asian-Americans Increasingly Identify As Democrats

In the last four years, there's been a 12-point increase in the percent of Asian-Americans who identify as Democrat, according to a new poll. What does that mean for the presidential election? More

We Followed A Snowy Owl From Maryland To Ontario

In the spring of 2015, a snowy owl named Baltimore was fitted with a backpack GPS transmitter. The data that transmitter collected over the past year shines a light on a mysterious species. More

'Helping Children Succeed' Starts At Birth; Here's How To Do It

Paul Tough's new book surveys the best new evidence on how to overcome the effects of poverty. More

Statewide News

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, May 23, 2016

Lawmakers have rather slow, short first day of special session; cost for day one of special Legislative session: $520,000; BP announces sale of midtown Anchorage building; UAF works to reduce rural energy costs; Yukon king salmon run predicted to be weaker than average this year; Juneau breaks ground on its new homeless housing initiative; leaner ferry budget could lead to selling of ferry Taku; navigating race as a family Download Audio More

Former Anchorage prosecutor sentenced for biggest wire fraud in state history

Former Anchorage resident and former municipal prosecutor Mark Avery was sentenced Monday for 160 months for the wire fraud and money laundering of about $52 million. This marks the largest wire fraud and money laundering conviction by amount ever prosecuted in Alaska. More

Cost for day one of special Legislative session: $520,000

Personnel and per diem costs tallied for the recently ended extended legislative session --so far-- total about $520,000. Download Audio More