School on northern Prince of Wales Island closes School on northern Prince of Wales Island closes

School on northern Prince of Wales Island closes

As other schools around the state are welcoming students for the new year, one school in a small village on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska will not be opening its doors. The school in Port Protection on northern Prince of Wales isn’t open this fall, because of a lack of students. “You know it’s a small school and it’s isolated on the north end of the island,” said super … more

Petersburg schools open Monday with enrollment up Petersburg schools open Monday with enrollment up

Petersburg schools open Monday with enrollment up

Students head back to class Monday, August 29 in Petersburg as the new school year gets underway. Enrollment numbers have increased in two of the three schools and the district welcomes several newcomers to its faculty. 29SCHOOLSTARTweb Combined enrollment at the three schools is an estimated 473 students to start off the year, up from 431 just two years ago. Enrollment numbers can chang … more

Court battle continues, two years after Petersburg home demolished Court battle continues, two years after Petersburg home demolished

Court battle continues, two years after Petersburg home demolished

The legal battle continues over a demolished home on Wrangell Avenue in Petersburg. The structure was taken down in 2014 after the borough declared it a dangerous home. The owners of the home are appealing last year’s court ruling in favor of the Petersburg borough and have filed another suit challenging borough staff visits to the property in preparation for demolition. … more

Stone sculptor opens show in Petersburg Stone sculptor opens show in Petersburg

Stone sculptor opens show in Petersburg

A sculptor who just moved to Petersburg last year opens up a show at Miele Gallery on main street Friday, August 26, although local art enthusiasts may already be familiar with his artwork. Photo courtesy of Miele Gallery Jon Pust, originally from Montana, has lived in Alaska for decades and has had his stone sculptures on display at Petersburg galleries for the past 20 years. He expects to show a … more

Petersburg mayor looks ahead to another three years Petersburg mayor looks ahead to another three years

Petersburg mayor looks ahead to another three years

Without any challenger for his seat this October, Petersburg borough mayor Mark Jensen will be continuing on in that role for another three years. The 60-year-old welder and commercial fisherman has been mayor of the borough since the start of the new expanded municipality in January of 2013. Before that he served on the council for the city of Petersburg and filled in for as city mayo … more

Local News

PHS cross country opens season in sunny Ketchikan

PHS runner Kayleigh Eddy, #234, leads at the start of Saturday's race in Ketchikan. (Photo courtesy of Brad Taylor and PHS cross country)

Petersburg High School’s cross country teams opened up their 2016 season on the road under sunny skies in Ketchikan Saturday morning. The girls team took third overall, tops among the small schools, narrowly missing second place to Thunder Mountain by just one point. more
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School on northern Prince of Wales Island closes

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As other schools around the state are welcoming students for the new year, one school in a small village on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska will not be opening its doors. The school in Port Protection on northern Prince of Wales isn’t open this fall, because of a lack of students. more
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Petersburg schools open Monday with enrollment up

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Students head back to class Monday, August 29 in Petersburg as the new school year gets underway. Enrollment numbers have increased in two of the three schools and the district welcomes several newcomers to its faculty. more
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Court battle continues, two years after Petersburg home demolished

Homeowners Karen Ellingstad and Fred Triem took down the home at 1011 Wrangell Avenue in 2014.

The legal battle continues over a demolished home on Wrangell Avenue in Petersburg. The structure was taken down in 2014 after the borough declared it a dangerous home. The owners of the home are appealing last year’s court ruling in favor of the Petersburg borough and have filed another suit challenging borough staff visits to the property in preparation for demolition. more
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Stone sculptor opens show in Petersburg

Photo courtesy of Miele Gallery

A sculptor who just moved to Petersburg last year opens up a show at Miele Gallery on main street Friday, August 26, although local art enthusiasts may already be familiar with his artwork. more
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Southeast News

As Anan’s season closes, Forest Service to continue use of temporary float

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As the Wrangell ranger district moves forward with improvements to the Anan Bear Observatory trailhead and observation deck, some may have noticed one change within the Anan master plan already happening.

“We placed a larger float in Anan Bay this … more

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Rediscovering America’s link to Chinese exploration

Hudson says that the surviving vessels of China's epic voyages 1421-1423 were left to "rot at their moorings," and their records destroyed.

During the 9th Annual Paths Across the Pacific meeting in Sitka, an historian argues that the Chinese -- rather than Europeans -- discovered the New World. more

Enhanced IDs help tribal members cross borders

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Enrolled members of Alaska’s largest tribal government are getting enhanced photo IDs. They can be used for border crossings and some other situations where official identification is necessary. more

Station Highlights

Borough Assembly Meeting Archives

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Borough Assembly meetings are now held in the Hallingstad-Peratrovich Building until further notice - KFSK continues to provide live broadcast of these community meetings. Next Borough Assembly Meeting Tuesday, September 6, 12noon. Listen to the latest meeting here: Assembly Meeting, August 15, 2016 Find the Archive of past meetings here: KFSK Borough Meeting Archive more
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State News

Five people dead in midair collision in western Alaska

Alaska State Troopers say all five people aboard two small planes died in a midair collision in the western part of the state.

Enhanced IDs help some tribal members cross borders

Enrolled members of Alaska’s largest tribal government are getting enhanced photo IDs. They can be used for border crossings and some other situations where official identification is necessary.

National News

African Elephant Population Declines By 30 Percent

A census of African savanna elephants in 15 countries between 2007 and 2014 found the population decreased by 144,000 animals. More

Venezuela Turns Away Journalists On Eve Of Planned Anti-Government Rally

John Otis first covered Venezuela 19 years ago and has returned many times since. On Wednesday, while on assignment for NPR, he was stopped from entering the country ahead of a huge opposition rally. More

Supreme Court Declines To Reinstate North Carolina Voter Restrictions

After the high court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, North Carolina and other states enacted laws that critics said were aimed at making it harder for minorities to vote. More

Lead Levels Are Forcing More Than A Thousand Indiana Residents To Relocate

The residents of a public housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana are now forced to move because of dangerously high lead levels in the area's soil. A lead smelting company used to lie on the site. More

In Mexico, Trump Reaffirms U.S. 'Right' To Protect Its Borders

The GOP presidential nominee met with the Mexican president in a hastily arranged foreign visit. Trump is deeply unpopular in Mexico for his long-running criticism of Mexican immigrants. More

Treasury Secretary Lew On Global Trade Deals And Corporate Taxation

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says he isn't ready to write off embattled trade deals with Asia and Europe. But he says a better case needs to be made to U.S. workers who fear their effects. More

Drop In Teen Pregnancies Is Due To More Contraceptives, Not Less Sex

Sexually active teenagers are more likely to use birth control and are choosing forms that are more effective, a study finds. Births to teens dropped by 36 percent from 2007 to 2013. More

After A Vet's Suicide, Getting VA Benefits Can Compound A Family's Grief

A former Marine who served in Afghanistan took his own life recently. But there was no diagnosis linking his service to his suicide, making it hard for his family to receive full death benefits. More