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UFA hones in on salmon habitat issues


United Fishermen of Alaska is beginning to get an idea of what its new Salmon Habitat Information Program – or SHIP – will look like. The program is aimed at engaging commercial fisherman around the state in salmon habitat issues.… more

Audubon Society bird count continues in Wrangell for twenty-third year

Delta-area bird-count coordinator Steve DuBois photographed this Eurasian collared dove in the Delta Junction area in September. (Credit Steve DuBois)

The Alaska Audubon Society is gearing up for its seventy-sixth annual Christmas BirdCount. Several communities will hold counts around the state between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. Volunteers travel set routes within a 15-mile radius around participating communities counting each … more

Assembly discusses pot taxes and assemblyman Prysunka resigns


The Wrangell Assembly discussed a possible excise tax on marijuana sales during its meeting Tuesday. Several members spoke in favor of the idea. Assembly member Mark Mitchell said he would like to see something similar to the current 10 percent … more

Wrangell votes Republican across the board in unofficial results


As the doors close, 812 votes were cast in Wrangell today. In the unofficial results, Republicans won across the board by wide margins.

In the presidential race, Republican nominee Donald Trump over doubled votes in favor of Democratic nominee Hilary … more

Steady stream of Wrangell voters at polls since morning


The polls opened at 7 a.m. this morning in Wrangell, and it’s been a steady flow of voters ever since. Sarah Merrit, Wrangell’s election chair, said this election seems busier than most with 160 votes being cast before 10 a.m. … more

As Alaska’s boats age, Harbormasters Association pushes for tighter derelict vessel laws

Excavators demolish the Challenger. (Photo by Mikko Wilson/KTOO)

State agencies, harbormasters and communities around the state want stronger laws on abandoned and derelict vessels. The Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators submitted proposed legislation to Gov. Bill Walker’s office last month that would make it easier to … more

Juneau candidate Kito supports Walker revenue plan

Rep. Sam Kito III is running for re-election to his downtown Juneau-based House seat. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Juneau Democrat Sam Kito is running for his second full term representing state House District 33. He has no officially recognized opposition.

Wrangell’s tax base shrinks as senior population grows

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Wrangell has the second oldest population in the state, and the borough is worried about the growing number of tax-exempt seniors. Those out-of-reach property tax dollars coupled with state cuts are putting aging communities in a tough spot.

Jeff Jabusch … more

Democratic candidate Steve Lindbeck runs for U.S. House

Democrat Steve Lindbeck is challenging incumbent Republican Don Young for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Photo courtesy Lindbeck for Alaska)

Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Steve Lindbeck, was scheduled to be in Wrangell on Saturday, but fog prevented him from making one of his final Southeast campaign stops. Lindbeck spoke with KSTK over the phone.

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Constitution Party candidate Ken Shaw runs for HD36 seat

Kenneth Shaw is the Constitution Party candidate for House District 36. (Photo by Leila Kheiry, KRBD News)

Constitution Party Candidate Ken Shaw is running for House District 36 against Republican Bob Sivertsen and incumbent Dan Ortiz.

Kenneth Shaw is the Constitution Party candidate for House District 36. (Photo by Leila Kheiry, KRBD News)

Shaw said his number … more