Assembly and hospital talk about a new facility Assembly and hospital talk about a new facility

Assembly and hospital talk about a new facility

Wrangell Medical Center CEO Robert Rang and the Wrangell Borough Assembly held a public workshop Tuesday on the possibility of a new hospital. There was a previous contentious attempt for a new facility which brought the process to a halt. Rang took over the CEO position about a year ago and has been trying to jump-start the process. Rang said WMC’s accountan … more

Wrangell students honor Native Heritage Day with play Wrangell students honor Native Heritage Day with play

Wrangell students honor Native Heritage Day with play

The day after Thanksgiving is National Native Heritage Day. After coming back from Thanksgiving break, high school and middle school students from Wrangell’s Tlingit culture and language class put on a shadow box play Tuesday in honor of day   . Parents and students from both schools gathered in the gym to watch the play which kicked off with lullabies sang in Tlingit by children fro … more

Two Wrangell men face felony charges for boat break-ins Two Wrangell men face felony charges for boat break-ins

Two Wrangell men face felony charges for boat break-ins

Charges have been filed for recent boat break-ins in Heritage Harbor. According to the criminal complaint, Aaron Howell, 20, and Laven Ritchie, 19, face several felony charges for burglary, theft and tampering with evidence. Misdemeanors for theft and criminal mischief were also filed. The complaint states that three boats had items stolen from them on Nov. 19 with a total value of … more

As Southeast elk hunt closes, harvest slightly below average As Southeast elk hunt closes, harvest slightly below average

As Southeast elk hunt closes, harvest slightly below average

Roosevelt Elk (courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish & Game)   Elk hunting in Southeast comes to a close Wednesday and at five animals harvested, 2016 might be slightly under the five year average of seven. There is a window in which hunters have to report their hunts, so the numbers won’t be final for about another week. Hunting has been available on Etolin Island nea … more

Charges pending in recent Wrangell boat break-ins Charges pending in recent Wrangell boat break-ins

Charges pending in recent Wrangell boat break-ins

Wrangell Police say charges are pending for recent boat break-ins in Heritage Harbor. Two suspects are awaiting charges, but police would not identify them. Five boats were reported broken into on Nov.20. Only three are thought to have had items stolen. A hunting rifle and dive gear are among the items recovered. VHF radios, binoculars and several items were also taken. Police did not el … more

Local News

Assembly and hospital talk about a new facility

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Wrangell Medical Center CEO Robert Rang and the Wrangell Borough Assembly held a public workshop Tuesday on the possibility of a new hospital. There was a previous contentious attempt for a new facility which brought the process to a halt. … more
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Wrangell students honor Native Heritage Day with play

High school and middle school students act out the story of fog woman and raven. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

The day after Thanksgiving is National Native Heritage Day. After coming back from Thanksgiving break, high school and middle school students from Wrangell’s Tlingit culture and language class put on a shadow box play Tuesday in honor of day   . … more
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Two Wrangell men face felony charges for boat break-ins

Sunshine at Heritage Harbor
Photo by Andrea Laughlin

Charges have been filed for recent boat break-ins in Heritage Harbor. According to the criminal complaint, Aaron Howell, 20, and Laven Ritchie, 19, face several felony charges for burglary, theft and tampering with evidence. Misdemeanors for theft and criminal mischief … more
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Borough Assembly Meeting

Wrangell Borough Assembly meeting 11-10-16

City and Borough of Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting AGENDA November 8, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.                 Location: Assembly Chambers, City Hall CALL TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE led by Assembly Member David Powell … more
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Southeast News

Kake rebuilds community library, one book at a time

For over a decade, there was no place to check out a book in Kake, Alaska. The school district closed the library in 1999 due to funding loss. But through outside partnerships and the hard labor of volunteers, the books were put back on the shelves and the library re-opened one year ago. more

A record 8 students make the All-State Music Festival

Music teacher Matt Lenhard poses with the eight students who went to the All-State Music Festival: (L-R) Matt Lenhard, Senior Nathaniel Lenhard, Junior Jasmine Ieremia, Sophomore Eva Lenhard, Senior Kelsa Sperl, Freshman Brooklyn Dormer, Junior Julia Murph, Senior Ben Higgins, Junior Brandon Ware. Photo courtesy of Matt Lenhard

Six choir and two band students in Petersburg High School were accepted into the All-State Music Festival. more

Teri Rofkar, innovative Tlingit weaver, dies at 60

Tlingit weaver Teri Rofkar died today (12-02-16). The Sitka resident was internationally renowned for her baskets and textiles, made from cedar, spruce tree roots, and mountain goat wool collected along Sitka’s shores. She was 60 years old. more

Statewide News

Controversial Sled Dog film to premiere at Canadian festival

The acclaimed Whistler, BC, film festival started this week, featuring Canadian first-run Oscar-buzz films like Ms. Sloan and La La Land. Although the pictures feature Hollywood luminaries Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, those stars could be upstaged by the subjects of another film - one creating a lot of controversy in the mushing world. Listen Now More

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

Economists respond to loss in oil and gas jobs; Anchorage lags behind rest of the state in opening pot shop; Teen convicted of shooting foster father over vape charger; Climate change affects hunters as well as hunted animals; Controversial Sled Dog film to premiere at Canadian festival; Rescuers carry down skier after injury at Turnagain Pass; AK: Orca ‘swims again’ thanks to Homer skeleton builders; 49 Voices: James Evans of Chugiak Listen Now More

49 Voices: James Evans of Chugiak

This week, we're hearing from James Evans from Chugiak. Evans is a former US Navy photographer and will be graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage this month. Listen Now More

Fundraisers

KSTK’s Alaska Airline Ticket Raffle

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How does a winter vacation in Maui sound? Take a chance to win two round trip, system wide Alaska Airline tickets and support your local radio station at the same time! Tickets are available from any KSTK staff member or board member. Purchase over the phone with your credit card. 907*874*2345. more
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Community Focused Programming

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. December is Marmot Mother Month Click on the image above and listen to Tlingit Phrase of the Week for the first week of December. more
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National News

Trump Talks With Taiwan, In A Move That May Spell Friction With China

President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan's leader, Tsai Ying-Wen, breaking nearly four decades of diplomatic protocol and threatening to upset U.S. relations with China. More

The Birth Of 'Nueva Trova Cubana' And Other Music Styles In Castro's Cuba

Various music styles, from singer-songwriters to dance music to hip-hop, emerged over the many years of Fidel Castro's rule in Cuba. More

Fidel Castro's Legacy On Race Relations In Cuba And Abroad

Late Cuban leader Fidel Castro leaves behind a complicated legacy both in his home country and abroad. Professor Mark Sawyer of UCLA looks at how his views on race affected generations of Afro-Cubans. More