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Retirees honored by Ketchikan School Board

kayhiSuperintendent Robert Boyle recognized David Boyd from the district’s maintenance department, Kayhi custodian Larry Mestas, and teachers Cheryl Elliott and Roxanne Abajian.

Assembly explores utility assistance program

10157436313_ea1c09dec4_zThe centerpiece of Tuesday night's (5-24-16) Assembly meeting was the cost of living in Sitka. Specifically, how some Sitkans are struggling to pay their utility bills and whether the city should provide assistance. Two Assembly members propose a subsidization program.

Alaska-Virgin merger will expand opportunities

A detail of a slide from Scott Habberstad's presentation to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce.An Alaska Airlines executive gave some details during Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce lunch about the company’s recently announced merger with Virgin Air.

Petersburg High baseball opens region tournament at home Thursday

KFSK file photoFive high school baseball teams will be battling for two state tournament berths at the region five tournament in Petersburg Thursday through Saturday. Sitka is the top seed among the five Southeast schools and will open up play Thursday afternoon at 4:30. The Wolves will take on the winner of the opening game of the tournament, the number four seed Thunder Mountain against the number five seed Petersburg. That game is at 10 a.m.

Petersburg Community Foundation gives out $15,000

Awardees and board members of the Petersburg Community Foundation. (L-R) John Birks, Mysti Birks, Brandi Heppe, Karen Malcom, Cindy Lagoudakis, Dave Berge, Carin Christensen, Annette Wooton, Tom AbbottSix community organizations are getting a little financial help from the Petersburg Community Foundation.

Gillnetting, trolling closed for Stikine king salmon

Commercial fishing for Stikine River king salmon has been closed down in Southeast Alaska because of low numbers in early May.

Petersburg High School expands LeConte Glacier research

Alexandra Bless, Chauncy Sandhofer and Emma Chase survey points on LeConte Glacier this month. (Photo courtesy of Jon Kludt-Painter)Petersburg High School students report another successful trip into the LeConte Bay on the mainland near Petersburg, to survey the southernmost tidewater glacier in the northern hemisphere. This is the 33rd year for the high school’s LeConte Glacier survey and the amount of research and knowledge about the ice mass continues to expand. This year more students are looking into different aspects of the position and characteristics of that glacier.

KRBD celebrates 40th birthday with on-air party

Tom Miller was the first voice heard on KRBD, on May 22, 1976.KRBD Rainbird Community Radio in Ketchikan celebrated its 40th birthday over the weekend. The party incorporated the station’s annual “Live Day,” a day where everything is read or performed live on the air.

Bear attack survivor: ‘Grace was extended to me’

The survivor of a brown bear mauling near Yakutat 10 days ago says the animal was startled, and attacked instinctively. Ken Steck is recovering from his wounds. He spoke recently with KCAW.

Post-crisis, hospital works to pay back city

4880041665_bb70aca673_zThe financial picture at Sitka Community Hospital is like the tortoise: slow and steady, but determined. The city-owned hospital is still recovering from the discovery of a cash flow problem in 2014, but will begin paying down its $1 million debt to the city this coming fiscal year.

Sounds from Mayfest: an audio postcard

Jeane Osborne and Gladys Carter crochet at a booth in downtown Petersburg. Photo/Angela DenningThe Little Norway Festival also known as Mayfest drew visitors to downtown Petersburg for crafts, food, and good times.

Library director headed to southern Michigan

Ketchikan Public Library. (KRBD file photo)Ketchikan’s Library Director Linda Lyshol is moving on to a new job as library director of the Branch District Library in southern Michigan, starting in just a few weeks.

New artwork brightens Petersburg’s elementary school

Artist Pia Reilly installs new paintings to the outside of the Rae C. Stedman Elementary with help from Rans McIntosh. Photo/Angela DenningLocal artist Pia Reilly created multiple paintings for the outside and inside of the Rae C. Stedman Elementary. It's funded through one percent for art from the school's recent remodel project.

Kupreanof home loses generator shed to Saturday fire

Dave Beebe waits with water from a nearby creek while Petersburg volunteers work to cool down the embers of a burnt generator shed Saturday (Photo courtesy of the PVFD)Fire destroyed a generator shed at a home on Kupreanof Saturday afternoon but did not spread to two nearby cabin buildings. The structure caught fire around one o’clock Saturday afternoon, sending black smoke into the sky with flames visible across the Wrangell Narrows in Petersburg. As locals and visitors enjoyed Petersburg’s Little Norway Festival and sunny weather, the blaze was reported to Petersburg emergency dispatchers by multiple callers. The fire was behind a home about halfway between the Kupreanof state dock and Sasby Island along the Kupreanof shoreline.

Ferry sailings down 7 percent next fiscal year

The ferries Matanuska, right, and Fairweather, left, tie up at Juneau's Auke Bay Ferry Terminal May 19, 2016. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Next winter’s ferry schedule will be leaner than this year’s, and that one was pretty lean. It’s the result of budget cuts, which could lead to the sale of the ferry Taku.

Sitka upgrades to silver level for bicycle friendly streets

DougOsborneCharlesBinghamSitkaBFCAward05172016On Wednesday (5-18-16), the League of American Bicyclists designated Sitka a “Silver Level” Bicycle Friendly Community. Only 73 other communities in the United States have earned this honor, including Anchorage.

Meeting federal regs, Sitka treats water with UV light

160519_UVPlant_woolseySome of the best drinking water anywhere may be just a little bit better now. Sitka officials on Thursday (5-19-16) cut the ribbon on a new, $8-million dollar ultraviolet disinfection plant for the town’s water supply.

School board approves $300,000 English curriculum purchase

Nat_Geo_ReachThe Sitka School Board has authorized the purchase of nearly $300,000-worth of new reading and writing curriculum for the elementary grades.

State, Southeast group to reconsider ferry system

5-19-16 Squarer - Walker, White shake hands after MOU is signedThe state and a regional development group are combining forces to develop a new business and management plan for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

City Council moves ahead with 5% pot tax

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo)During Council discussion of the pot tax, there was general agreement on a 5-percent tax – not graduated – with proceeds going into the general fund. The Council directed city management to come back with an ordinance to that effect for the next regular meeting.

Mexican harpist to perform in Petersburg this weekend

Harpist Christina Cabrera is performing in Petersburg Friday and Saturday nights at the Lutheran Church. Photo/cristinacabreraharp.comCristina Cabrera will be performing two concerts this weekend Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the Lutheran Church. Weather-permitting, Cabrera will also play at the beer garden on Saturday and on a flatbed truck in the parade.

Students name new ferries Tazlina and Hubbard

A conceptual drawing show what the Alaska Class ferries will look like. (Image courtesy state Department of Transportation)The winners of Alaska’s name-the-new-ferry contest didn’t know about it until they got a call from Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.

Petersburg hires new parks and rec director

Chandra ThornburgPetersburg has hired a new director for its Parks and Recreation department. Two out-of-town applicants for the job got a chance to tour local recreation facilities and meet the public Tuesday. An aquatics center supervisor who works in Lynnwood, Washington has been chosen for the post.

Norwegian ambassador in for Petersburg’s Little Norway festival

ambassadoraasNorway’s ambassador to the U.S. arrived in Petersburg Wednesday to enjoy the community’s Little Norway Festival. Kåre Aas is from Oslo, and began working for Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. He has served as Norway’s ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well as political director in the foreign affairs ministry before becoming the ambassador to the U.S. in 2013.

Musician shares Tlingit culture and music

Ed Littlefield listens to a student's question about the song they're learning.Musician Ed Littlefield has been at Fawn Mountain Elementary School the past two weeks teaching students about Tlingit songs and culture.

Ketchikan Council to consider marijuana tax

National Public Radio image.How and whether to tax retail marijuana within the City of Ketchikan is up for discussion during Thursday’s Ketchikan City Council meeting.

Term limits, dropped incumbent on Sealaska ballot

A resolution calling for term limits is before Sealaska's 22,000 shareholders.Sealaska shareholders are deciding whether to impose term limits on the corporation’s board. They're also considering nine candidates for four board seats.

Coast Guard rescues two fishermen near Sitka

IMG_4519 (1)A Coast Guard crew rescued two Sitka-based commercial fishermen from a sinking boat near the Fairweather fishing grounds early this morning (Tue 5-17-16).

Anchorage resident injured in Yakutat bear attack

Brown_Bear_sheilacameronAn Anchorage man was mauled by a brown bear near Yakutat over the weekend. 29-year-old Kenneth Steck was medevacked to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage on Friday (5-13-16) after suffering extensive bite wounds.

State ME identifies body found last week

Ketchikan Police DepartmentA body found last week in Ketchikan on the tideflats under a fish processing plant has been positively identified as Thomas Booth, who went missing in January.