Month: August 2012

Hospital and EMS test their response skills

Wrangell’s EMS team and hospital staff attended to 30 volunteer patients during Monday’s mass casualty drill. The volunteers were assigned fake injuries and scattered about Petroglyph Beach to simulate a boating accident. KSTK’s Anne Hillman checked it out....

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The 2012-13 school year brings new technology, new curriculum

It’s the first day of school in the Wrangell School District, and about 312 students are headed back to class. This year, the students will encounter major technological upgrades. District Superintendent Rich Rhodes said that they’ve quadrupled the schools’ bandwidth allowing for much faster internet access. The speed is necessary now that every classroom is equipped with new interactive Smart Board technology that replaces a traditional whiteboard with a giant computer touch screen. Additionally, each of the middle school students will be issued a laptop to use at school, just as the high schoolers have. “What’s happening is that kids are using mobile technology with their phones and their iPads, and it’s just really taking off,” Rhodes said. “And what we’re finding is that kids need to be able to do research and need to be able to write their projects… It seems like the productivity when kids can have that mobile technology  to interface in their learning environment, time on task [improves]…I think engagement is the key. And it’s their world already.” The middle schoolers are using the high school student’s old laptops. They got an upgrade. The Macintosh computers and the school network are monitored. The school administration can limit access to certain sites and see what students are connecting to. The school will also be focusing on new curriculum development this year to meet new state...

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Former Navy SEAL says new Bin Laden mission book may not be as problematic as first assumed

Last week Fox News revealed that former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette wrote a new memoir about the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden, “No Easy Day.” Bissonnette’s family used to live in Wrangell but he grew up in Aniak, a village near Bethel. Though the media initially cried foul saying that the book could cause security problems and Fox News was endangering the author, some opinions have recently shifted. Monday the New York Post reported that Bissonnette is discussing a movie deal with Stephen Spielberg. Brandon Webb is a former Navy SEAL and author of another SEAL operations book, “The Red Circle.” He edits the blog  SOFREP.com, which discusses issues related to US Special Forces. KSTK’s Anne Hillman spoke with him. Webb says that the new book may not be such a bad thing....

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KSTK installs new satellite

KSTK recently installed a new satellite dish with funds from National Public Radio in Washington, DC. The 3.8 meter aluminum dish was installed this week to replace the fiberglass dish that was erected almost 15 years ago. John Matthews is the engineer from Microcomm who set up the new equipment. He says the new dish does have stronger signal strength than the old dish, possibly because the old dish was slightly distorted from age or because it had moved so much in the wind. However, he’s not sure if the new dish was the perfect choice for local weather....

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Former Navy SEAL grew up in a village near Bethel, excelled at paintball

It’s not everyday that a person from a tiny remote village in Alaska gets national attention. But that’s what’s happening to Matt Bissonnette, a former Navy Seal who has penned a book titled “No Easy Day”, about killing Osama Bin Laden. Writing under the pseudonym Matt Owen, a lot of media says Bissonnette hails from Wrangell. But as KYUK’s Angela Denning-Barnes reports from Bethel, Bissonnette grew up in a small Western Alaska village, where residents remember him fondly....

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