Becky Rooney was appointed to an open seat on the Wrangell Borough Assembly for a term ending in October. Rooney stopped by KSTK ahead of her first assembly meeting to discuss her new position in city government. more
Wrangell's Borough Assembly met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, July 22nd in Assembly Chambers. Click "more" here to listen to the audio of that meeting. more
Tuesday night’s meeting of the Sitka Assembly was dominated by one agenda item: whether drivers should pay more to fund the city’s roads. A clearly conflicted assembly voted four to three in favor of a proposal that would increase vehicle registration fees. But the ordinance will come before the assembly at least two more times, and it’s not at all clear whether it will make it into law.
The Alaska Department of Transportation plans to spray herbicides on Prince of Wales Island. It will be the first time the DOT has applied herbicides in southeast Alaska since the state eliminated public review requirements in 2013. This has some community members and environmental groups worried about chemicals leaching into nearby habitat. more
The Sitka School Board will consider asking the state legislature for almost $2-million in the coming year, in order to help the district meet newly-adopted standards. The board convened in its first regular session of the new school year Monday night (8-25-14). Meeting state education standards is the first of several costly priorities in Sitka’s schools this year. Also a possibility: A $1.5-million upgrade of Vilandre Field.
The Alaska Arctic Commission has been working for more than a year and a half to write the state’s first comprehensive arctic policy—a policy the commission hopes will lay out not just Alaska’s future, but America’s future, in the arctic. But with priorities ranging from international to extremely local, Tuesday's meeting in Nome saw lawmakers, researchers, and coastal representatives still working out just what that policy will be. Download Audio: More
Meeting in Nome Attempts to Elucidate Arctic Policy Goals; Libertarian Senate Candidate To Withdraw, Leaving One Walker On Ballot; Judges Weigh Yup'ik Religious Appeal; DOT To Commence Herbicide Spraying In Southeast; Post-Ferguson, APD Stands By Civil Unrest Preparation Plans; Charges Filed In Haines Bear Shootings; Celebrating Recovery From Alcohol and Drug Addiction Download Audio: More
Alcohol and drug abuse cost Alaska’s economy more than $1 billion every year. Shame and stigma can make it difficult to get help for substance abuse. But a group of Juneau residents is out to change that. They organized last weekend’s Recovery Fest to celebrate those seeking to overcome addiction. Download Audio: More
The New England supermarket chain that has been in turmoil for weeks over a workers' revolt and customer boycott announced that former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas will buy a majority stake in the business. More
Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to taking under-the-table payments when he switched sides between GOP presidential candidates. The former state senator previously denied the rumors. More
Under the deal, immigrants who are in the country illegally must be informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The ACLU was representing nine Mexicans and three organizations. More