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Two Sitkans were indicted last Friday (8-19-16) on felony charges involving weapons. 32-year old Brandon D. Ledbetter was charged for stabbing a man in the leg in a bar fight. 32-year old Walter Boyd allegedly stole a handgun from a boat in Sealing Cove Harbor.

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)The Alaska Mental Health Trust took its first step toward logging Ketchikan’s iconic Deer Mountain, along with a parcel in Petersburg.

Bob KindredJazz saxophonist Bob Kindred died August 15th in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 76. Kindred was well known in the Ketchikan jazz community, performing at First City Players Jazz and Cabaret Festival for more than a dozen years.

Women from the Upper Tsum Valley gather for a class on childbirth and recovery offered by one of Frazin's team. (Tsum Valley Medical Mission photo)A nurse at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka spent nearly a month last spring providing medical care in one of Nepal’s most remote valleys -- and she’s already planning another trip.

2-12-14-THCC-PodiumCiting federal budget cuts, Southeast Alaska’s regional tribal government is temporarily ending programs that provide food, clothing and shelter to its most needy clients.

A view from the sand dunes of the Stikine River mouth near Wrangell (KFSK file photo)An employee with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game from Petersburg was treated for a shotgun wound last week following an incident on the Stikine River involving another department employee.

ruthsandvik5Ruth W. Sandvik passed away July 29 in Seattle’s Kline Galland home in the comfort of her family. Ruth, 100 years old, fractured her hip at her assisted living in Petersburg then was air evacuated to Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. After a successful operation she suffered a stroke and didn’t ever fully recover.

Sulphurets Creek, which drains naturally occurring rusty water from the KSM mine prospect, enters Mitchell Creek upstream from Southeast Alaska. Tribal officials worry mining will send polluted water into British Columbia rivers that flow into Alaska. KSM officials say their pollution-control designs will keep that from happening. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization said this month’s meetings with the U.S. State Department and Environmental Protection Agency were productive. Among other things, the agencies could help expand water-monitoring efforts along transboundary rivers

An Air Station Sitka helicopter prepares to hoist a litter carrying the victim of a brown bear mauling in Sitkoh Bay. Rescue swimmer Christopher Austin says the woman was not ambulatory, "But the good news is that she was talking to me." (USGS image)A helicopter from Air Station Sitka medevacked two wilderness guides from Sitkoh Bay Thursday afternoon (Thu 8-18-16), after they were mauled by a brown bear while leading a hiking expedition.

Pastor Paul McArthur says Grace Harbor Church is just a tool for the ministry, like the "hands and feet of its congregation." He doesn't think the church changed much after its dramatic role in the slide recovery effort, although it did have to serve temporarily as a Catholic sanctuary. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)In the aftermath of last August's landslide, Sitka staged a 24-hour relief effort out of Grace Harbor Church, the nearest building with the capacity to feed dozens of relief workers, shelter neighborhood evacuees, and to comfort the hundreds of residents awaiting news of the victims.

Brown bears Baloo, Toby, and Lucky, after shredding a tent baited with a hot dog, during a school demonstration at the Fortress in 2015. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Plans are in motion at Sitka’s industrial park to give a nonprofit bear habitat the land it’s been leasing for the last 13 years. The park's board ordered a formal survey of the site.

Jo Ann Day hold her cat, Bella, next to her lending library. Photo/Angela DenningJo Ann Day built a little blue library in her front yard to encourage book sharing.

Ensign Mari Freitag (photo courtesy of the US Navy).Ketchikan native and 2008 Kayhi graduate Mari Freitag is in Corpus Christi, Texas, participating in a training program that transforms U.S. Navy officers into Navy pilots.

The Ketchikan Pioneer Home is one of six in Alaska caring for older residents. (Photo by KRBD)Alaska’s Pioneer Homes have stopped accepting new residents, at least for a while. It’s one more impact of state budget cuts.

Albert Macasaet is seen in Ketchikan District Court during his first-felony appearance Tuesday, Aug. 16. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Additional charges have been filed against a 27-year-old Prince of Wales Island man accused of murdering his girlfriend.

One of the wooden benches along Dock Street in front of the Centennial Building in downtown Ketchikan. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The Ketchikan City Council Thursday night directed City Manager Karl Amylon to take measures to address the greater issue of homelessness and inebriation in the First City. At its next meeting, the Council will also consider limiting the number of marijuana retail stores.

2016-08-18-40Today (08-16-16) is the one-year-anniversary of the August 18th landslide in Sitka. In the week that followed, many in Sitka volunteered food, shelter, and sweat to the recovery effort. And amid these gestures of aid, one of the most healing agents was words.

The ferry Taku docks at the Sitka terminal on a snowy morning Jan. 22, 2012. Budget cuts have sidelined the ship. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This winter’s Alaska Marine Highway schedule offers more sailings than the previous season’s. It also eliminates five-week service gaps for some communities.

Petersburg's sole precinct is in the Community Building. Photo/Angela DenningThe deadline to file for elected office is Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. The necessary paperwork can be picked up at the borough office and is also on the borough’s website.

<“Race to Alaska” on for 2017

R2AK3Organizers announced last week that the Race to Alaska is a go for the summer of 2017. The 750-mile engineless boat race is from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan.

Despite a one-day seining opening, Petersburg's South Harbor is full of boats, many with their nets removed. (Photo/Abbey Collins)The pink salmon season in Southeast is supposed to be peaking right now. Instead, the run is actually slowing, harvests have been poor, and as KFSK’s Abbey Collins reports from Petersburg, many fishermen are wrapping up the season early.

I voted stickerTuesday’s primary election was pretty low-key in Southeast Alaska. The real battle for state House and Senate candidates will come during the general election. But a few trends emerged.

IMG_8675The landslide that struck Sitka in August of last year was not the worst disaster to befall a community, but the impacts still echo. Kramer Avenue is less than a mile from downtown. Here's the experience of property owners who live beneath the slide.

Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter sits with school board members Cheryl File and Sarah Holmgrain at a meeting Aug. 9, 2016The Stedman Elementary School renovation in 2014 and restructuring at the middle and high school has cut costs to the school district the last few years.

2016-08-15-020For much of Sitka, the August 18, 2015 landslide was a wake-up call that even the most settled parts of Alaska remain dynamic -- and sometimes dangerous -- places. Local leadership found itself in an unprecedented situation.

This image is part of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's Supplemental on Aquatic Pest Control.The State has issued a notice of pesticide spraying. The Petersburg Borough Assembly is sending a letter to the State asking for a comment period extension and a public hearing in Petersburg.

02-IMG_9093-500x333The Sitka Electric Department has discovered corrosion in the three new blue lake turbines.

Canned salmon label courtesy of Karen HofstadThere used to be hundreds of canneries all along Alaska's coast line. The first ones opened in 1878 in Sikta and Klawock.

Sen. Bert Stedman speaks on the floor of the Alaska Senate, Feb. 10, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Stedman is running unopposed for Senate District R.

13920961_10209083855392272_8437492584438196037_nAl Dwyer was known as a community volunteer and "a good guy".