Major state road project starts up soon in Petersburg Major state road project starts up soon in Petersburg

Major state road project starts up soon in Petersburg

A major road and sidewalk project in Petersburg is getting underway this spring. The 8.3-million dollar paving, drainage and sidewalk replacement project will be happening on two state-owned roads near downtown Petersburg, Haugen Drive and South Nordic Drive.

Petersburg budget testimony focuses on education, ferries, radio Petersburg budget testimony focuses on education, ferries, radio

Petersburg budget testimony focuses on education, ferries, radio

The Senate Finance committee this week heard testimony from around Alaska on the state’s operating budget next year. Facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, lawmakers have proposed hundreds of millions of dollars of cuts to state funding for programs ranging from education, to state forestry, to domestic violence prevention. Residents testifying in Petersburg Monday urged the committee to restore funding to public broadcasting, schools and the ferry system.

School board considers tightening policy on nutrition School board considers tightening policy on nutrition

School board considers tightening policy on nutrition

Petersburg School Board is considering a stricter nutritional policy for the district. The new policy focuses on encouraging healthy eating.

Petersburg recycling changes half a year away Petersburg recycling changes half a year away

Petersburg recycling changes half a year away

Changes to Petersburg’s recycling program probably will not be made until this fall.
The borough’s public works director says the change from blue plastic bags and a private company contracting for collection to borough collection and new 96-gallon containers for local households will not happen for about six months.

Petersburg school board approves spending for activity bus, lights Petersburg school board approves spending for activity bus, lights

Petersburg school board approves spending for activity bus, lights

Petersburg’s school board Friday approved spending for a replacement vehicle for school activities and new LED lighting for the high school gym.

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Poetry Readings for April

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KFSK is celebrating National Poetry Month with poetry readings submitted by area listeners. If you would like to share a reading, call us 772-3808 to make an appointment to record your poem, original or a favorite.
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House OKs Timber Payments, But Alaskans Can’t Count on It

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Medicaid Expansion Bill Clears First Hurdle

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The Sen. Menendez Indictment In Five Excerpts

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Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

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Trading Walkathons For Ice Buckets, Charities Try To Hold On To Donors

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Navajos Fight Their Food Desert With Junk Food And Soda Taxes

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Major state road project starts up soon in Petersburg

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A major road and sidewalk project in Petersburg is getting underway this spring. The 8.3-million dollar paving, drainage and sidewalk replacement project will be happening on two state-owned roads near downtown Petersburg, Haugen Drive and South Nordic Drive. more
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Petersburg budget testimony focuses on education, ferries, radio

The Senate Finance Room in the Alaska Capitol, Feb. 4, 2015.(Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

The Senate Finance committee this week heard testimony from around Alaska on the state’s operating budget next year. Facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, lawmakers have proposed hundreds of millions of dollars of cuts to state funding for programs ranging from education, to state forestry, to domestic violence prevention. Residents testifying in Petersburg Monday urged the committee to restore funding to public broadcasting, schools and the ferry system. more
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School board considers tightening policy on nutrition

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Petersburg School Board is considering a stricter nutritional policy for the district. The new policy focuses on encouraging healthy eating. more
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Petersburg recycling changes half a year away

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Changes to Petersburg’s recycling program probably will not be made until this fall. The borough’s public works director says the change from blue plastic bags and a private company contracting for collection to borough collection and new 96-gallon containers for local households will not happen for about six months. more
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Petersburg school board approves spending for activity bus, lights

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Petersburg’s school board Friday approved spending for a replacement vehicle for school activities and new LED lighting for the high school gym. more
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Southeast News

Map: ADF&G reports increase in herring spawn this week

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The herring spawn is in full swing in Sitka Sound. According to Alaska Department Fish and Game Biologist Dave Gordon, 29 nautical miles of active spawn were recorded today (Wed 4-1-15) and 32 miles on Tuesday. Gordon said that Sitka Sound is likely at the peak of it’s spawn volume, with a possible secondary spawn expected around mid-April.

Oil spill origin unknown; Wortman says prompt reporting is key

A large, smelly fuel spill in Crescent Harbor caught the attention of passersby yesterday evening. But the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment, which is responsible for investigating fuel spills, have not been able to determine it’s origins.

At town hall, Sitkans talk cannabis myths and mysteries

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The city of Sitka hosted it’s second town hall meeting on marijuana Monday night (3-30-15). And while the discussion group was smaller - 30 attendees versus the crowd of 75 at the last town hall - the conversation was more personal, dedicated entirely to how cannabis impacts mental and physical health.

‘Ferocious’ red squirrel to grace legislator’s office

A former biologist, Bill Foster says a stuffed red squirrel would convey an important message in Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins' office. "I'd put a red squirrel against a polar bear any day," says Foster. (Flickr photos/Borderslass, ruby blossom)

Sitka Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ office may soon be home to some historic Alaskana -- and much more -- if he can come to terms with a local collector.