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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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Sivertsen and Ortiz square off in town hall debate

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House District 36 candidates, independent Dan Ortiz and Republican Bob Sivertsen, squared off in a town hall debate in the Wrangell Assembly chambers Wednesday.

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Both Ortiz and Sivertsen agree on most things, resource development, finding additional revenue sources … more

Three Southeast ports land some of the largest volumes for 2015

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Three Southeast ports landed some of last year’s largest volumes of seafood in the U.S. according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report released Wednesday.

Petersburg, Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau were among the list of several major U.S. ports. … more

Morgan Enright talks about recovery after Angoon plane crash

Morgan Enright as pictured on Caring Bridge website.

Morgan Enright survived a plane crash in Angoon this spring that left three dead. After months of recovery at three facilities across the country, she is back in Alaska and getting back to work. KSTK’s Aaron Bolton sat down with … more

Fall Dungeness season off to a slow start

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The first month of the fall Dungeness crab season is off to a slow start in the Wrangell and Petersburg area. Adam Messmer is a shellfish biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

“Yea, the catch is slightly … more

Potential Wrangell pot business applies for licenses

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The Wrangell Assembly passed a zoning ordinance last week that made way for marijuana businesses in Wrangell. Now, Wrangell’s only proposed pot business, Happy Cannabis, is initiating its applications with the state, beginning the final push for construction to be … more

Dan Ortiz calls for Republican candidate Bob Sivertsen to denounce “dark money”

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House District 36 incumbent Dan Ortiz called for Republican candidate Bob Sivertsen to denounce so-called “dark money” in this year’s campaign on Monday.

He was referring to the independent expenditure group known as Southeast Voters for Bob Sivertsen, which has … more