Local News

Borough assembly gives first-round approval for animal control rules

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The Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday unanimously gave a first round of approval to new animal control laws. The assembly also agreed to send a letter to congressional delegates expressing concerns about proposed mines near the Stikine River watershed in British Columbia. more
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Becky Rooney appointed to borough assembly

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
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School starts for Wrangell district

High school civics class Skypes with David Walker

Monday was the first day of school for Wrangell Public Schools. New teachers, administrators and standardized tests are all making a debut this year. more
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Borough Assembly Meeting

Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting of July 22, 2014

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
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Special Events

Wrangell’s Tlingit Phrase of the Week

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Click here to listen to this week's Tlingit Phrase of the week! more
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Southeast News

Assembly asks for input on proposed car tax

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.

DOT to start herbicide spraying in Southeast

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

Sitka schools look to state to fund new standards

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.

Special on KSTK

Recreation and Road Report

Photo by Asia Fisher

USFS Interpreter, Corree Delabrue provides weekly updates on events taking place on Wrangell Island and the surrounding area. Information includes USFS road maintenance, logging traffic, wildlife sightings, recreational opportunities and more. more
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Photo of the Week

Southeast Beasts Run

Photo by Lucy Moline-Robinson

Each week, the photo with the most "likes" on Facebook will be featured as our cover photo on Facebook, Twitter, 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

Meeting in Nome Attempts to Elucidate Arctic Policy Goals

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

Alaska News Nightly: August 27, 2014

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

Celebrating Recovery From Alcohol and Drug Addiction

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

National News

Deal Reached To Sell Market Basket Chain To Ex-CEO

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

Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses

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

ACLU, U.S. Settle Lawsuit On Deportation Of Immigrants

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