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Father and son team up to study glacier retreat near Petersburg

An ice chunk falling of Leconte Glacier causes a huge splash. Photo/Elliot NashOceanographer, Jonathan Nash continues research at Leconte Glacier near Petersburg for clues as to how fast melting ice could affect sea levels all over the world. And this time he brought his drone-flying 12-year-old son.

Constitution Party’s Ken Shaw runs for HD36

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Three people are running for the House District 36 seat. We had earlier reports on incumbent Dan Ortiz and his Republican challenger Bob Sivertsen. And on Friday, KRBD’s Leila Kheiry sat down with Constitution Party candidate Ken Shaw.

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Applicants file for Council, School Board seats

birdFive people filed for a vacancy on the Ketchikan City Council; four want to fill an empty Ketchikan School Board seat.

Sitka state house challenger campaigns in Petersburg

sheilafinkenbinderPetersburg’s representative in the Alaska House next year will be someone from Sitka, either the 27-year old Democrat who holds the seat, or his 70-year-old Republican challenger.

Three bears shot and killed in Sitka neighborhood

A tranquilized bear and cub. (Alaska Department of Fish & Game photo.Wildlife troopers shot and killed a brown bear sow and her two cubs in a Sitka neighborhood late this week (10/20/16). While it’s not the first report of an aggressive bear near downtown, the three were the first animals destroyed this year for public safety. Downloadable audio.

Former teacher and new student connect in shop class

Former PHS shop teacher, Bill Neumann, current shop teacher, Dave Owens, and Sophomore shop student, Sebastian Davis stand next to the lathe machine in the high school shop. Photo/Angela DenningFormer PHS teacher, Bill Neumann and PHS Sophomore, Sebastian Davis may come from different generations but they share a common interest: creating something from scratch in shop class.

Logging emails: ‘Helpful’ or just informational?

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Deer Mountain was the topic of a series of borough emails this week, with some claiming the Ketchikan Gateway Borough manager had been too helpful toward the Alaska Mental Health Trust.

Go behind the scenes of the Alaska Day parade!

Nurses from Sitka had their own float this year at the 2016 Alaska Day parade. (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell)No city celebrates Alaska Day like Sitka and no event is bigger than Sitka’s Alaska Day parade. But while spectators set up chairs and line up for candy, the party has already started just up the block. Downloadable audio.

40th annual Oktoberfest is this Saturday in Petersburg

Oktoberfest-logo-300x157The event, happening at the Community Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., features over 50 vendors of handmade crafts and homemade food.

GPIP board identifies contractor for multi-purpose dock

Selling off the park is within the GPIP board's mission: “Unlike other property owned by the 
municipality, the former Alaska Pulp Corporation mill site was acquired not for governmental 
purposes from the state or federal government, but for economic development and disposal."  (GPIP photo)In Sitka, the Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board has chosen a contractor to build a multi-purpose dock at the facility, to be completed by January 2018. The dock would primarily support the freight and fishing industries.

Hunters break moose harvest record

A legal moose harvested this year lays in the back of a truck. Photo courtesy of ADF&GA total of 112 moose were harvested in the local hunt near Petersburg, Wrangell, and Kake despite a below average harvest on the Stikine River.

Petersburg to consider accepting state docks next month

The state dock at Papke's Landing is used by recreational boaters, commercial and sport fishing fleets and remote residents accessing homes in the area. (KFSK file photo)Petersburg’s borough assembly hopes to make some decisions about taking over three state-owned docks in the borough, possibly as soon as next month. The state Department of Transportation has offered to turn over the three remote facilities along with some money for maintenance work.

Petersburg swim team builds up for Regions, State

Freshman Peter Kowalski looks at clock during a recent home meet. Photo/Tanya Somerville,www.SeaprintsPhotography.comPetersburg High School's swim team competed in Juneau Oct. 14-15 against swimmers from all over Southeast.

Assembly OKs charter election brochure

Borough SealThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted Monday evening in favor of a voter information brochure, in case there is a charter commission election in December; discussed selective logging in the Blank Inlet area; and talked about the search for a new borough manager.

Petersburg moves forward with harbor dredging study

harborsouthPetersburg’s borough assembly Monday voted to move forward with a dredging study for one of the local boat harbors. The borough will sign an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to investigate the need for dredging and whether it makes sense for that federal agency to become a long-term partner on maintaining South Harbor.

Joe Miller brings Senate campaign to Ketchikan

Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Miller meets supporters during a campaign trip to Ketchikan. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Prompting a feeling of deja-vu, Joe Miller is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Lisa Murkowski. This time, though, Murkowski won her primary and has the Republican Party backing, and Miller is running as the Libertarian Party candidate.

Miller: “Clinton would be disastrous for Alaska”

161017_joemiller_kwongTwo-time U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Miller made a pit-stop in Sitka last week (10-12-16). The libertarian nominee is voting for Donald Trump for president and hoping to unseat incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski (R).

Gov. Walker starting new budget process

Gov. Bill Walker speaks Thursday to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Gov. Bill Walker has money on his mind. Still.

Petersburg school sprinkler system repairs needed

Photo courtesy of the Petersburg School DistrictPetersburg’s school board Tuesday heard that some parts of the fire sprinkler system in the high school and middle school building need to be replaced. That was part of the report from the school’s maintenance department which also highlighted a new cafeteria space and some upgrades on the way for the Wright auditorium.

As electric rates rise 7%, Sitka Assembly explores other options

161014_assemblyelectric_kwongThe Sitka Assembly is raising electric rates for the second time this year, by an average of 7% across the customer base. That will close the gap in the electric fund for FY17. But the relief is short-lived. To address future shortfalls, the Assembly wants to dip into other pockets in the city’s wallet before raising rates again.

Petersburg residents request borough to stop land sale

This past January, Petersburg residents, Eric Castro and Angela Christensen pose by the petroglyphs at Sandy Beach. Photo/Angela DenningSome Petersburg residents are opposing the sale of some waterfront borough property near Sandy Beach because it’s close to Alaska Native artifacts and a local subsistence area.

Stedman focuses on state budget, Nov. 8 election

Sen. Bert Stedman speaks during a Chamber of Commerce/Rotary lunch on Wednesday. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Sen. Bert Stedman says “basic math” shows the state will have to come up with ways to increase revenue while also continuing to cut spending. But, he says, those cuts need to be careful and strategic.

Mental Health schedules local public meetings

Deer Mountain (KRBD file photo)Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office has scheduled public meetings in Ketchikan, Saxman and Petersburg to present information and hear from the public about the state agency’s plans to log sensitive areas close to the communities if a federal land exchange doesn’t pass Congress early next year.

Kayhi investigating Title IX complaints

Ketchikan High School. (KRBD file photo)The Ketchikan School Board heard Wednesday from some coaches and teachers who say there is no systemic, intentional discrimination against girls’ teams at Ketchikan High School.

Rotary hands out annual service awards

City of Ketchikan Solid Waste Division employees were honored during Wednesday's Chamber of Commerce/Rotary lunch for excellence in customer satisfaction. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)During a lunchtime event co-hosted Wednesday by the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and local Rotary clubs, three service awards were handed out.

Aggressive bears concern Sitka Police

bearsIt’s not uncommon for bears roam neighborhoods in search of trash, especially in the months leading up to hibernation, but all the usual tricks for keeping Sitka’s bears at bay haven’t been working. Downloadable audio.

How should Sitka solve the housing crunch?

IMG_8209Housing was the big theme for Wednesday night’s (10-06-16) meeting of the Sitka Planning Commision.

Yakutat ANB leader calls for more youth involvement

Yakutat ANB Camp President Devlin Anderstrom delivers the keynote speech Wednesday at the Alaska State Brotherhood and Sisterhood Grand Camp Convention in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The ANB-ANS convention's 19-year-old keynote speaker praised efforts to support and expand Native rights and culture. But he said they need to grow.

FEMA to fund landslide mapping for Sitka

An aerial image of the Kramer Avenue slide, from a stack in the Fire Hall where a state team is helping affected Sitkans apply for aid. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)FEMA will be stepping in to fund landslide mapping in Sitka. The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, who will be leading the research project, announced the news on Tuesday.

Despite ballot prop fail, Sitka’s mayor-elect says ‘We will be okay’

In a three-way field, Hunter polled 1025 votes, well above his competitors Mary Magnuson, 641, and Ben Miyasato, 358. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Matt Hunter will be Sitka’s new mayor. He’ll be joined on the assembly by at least two new faces, and a massive budget gap to plug beginning October 11.