Finkenbinder runs against Kreiss-Tomkins for District 35 Finkenbinder runs against Kreiss-Tomkins for District 35

Finkenbinder runs against Kreiss-Tomkins for District 35

Republican Sheila Finkenbinder of Sitka is running for House District 35. Sheila Finkenbinder is running for State House as a Republican candidate against Democrat incumbent Jonathon Kreiss-Tomkins. House District 35 represents many island communities in Southeast including Sitka and Petersburg. Finkenbinder has lived in Sitka for 25 years. She’s somewhat retired now but in her pr … more

Paddle Battle postponed until next weekend Paddle Battle postponed until next weekend

Paddle Battle postponed until next weekend

Photo courtesy of Rick MozolicThe Petersburg Medical Center is postponing the Paddle Battle fundraiser until next weekend. The decision was made to change the date because of the weather predicted for this Saturday. Chad Wright is Executive Assistant for the medical center. “We looked at the weather forecast and it’s looking like wind and rain and waves so just for the safety of the paddlers, a … more

Borough assembly favors state income tax over sales tax Borough assembly favors state income tax over sales tax

Borough assembly favors state income tax over sales tax

Chris Cotta, Assistant Public Works Director, addresses the Petersburg borough assembly, July 18.Petersburg borough’s assembly was united in voting at Monday’s regular meeting. Everything they voted on ended with a unanimous support including two on marijuana. KFSK’s Angela Denning reports: The borough assembly unanimously approved two marijuana ordinances. One sets marijuana regu … more

Yachters share liveaboard experiences in Petersburg Yachters share liveaboard experiences in Petersburg

Yachters share liveaboard experiences in Petersburg

Lynda and Jim Frantz stand near their boats galley. Photo/Abbey Collins A group of 100 yachters recently visited Petersburg and other towns in Southeast. They were traveling in a fleet of Nordhavn yachts. They gathered in Petersburg to exchange notes on living life aboard. KFSK’s Angela Denning reports: http://www.kfsk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/19nordhavn1.mp3 The first one I m … more

Should commercial marijuana in Petersburg be illegal? Should commercial marijuana in Petersburg be illegal?

Should commercial marijuana in Petersburg be illegal?

Petersburg borough assembly members at the July 18 meeting (from left): Eric Castro, Jeigh Stanton-Gregor, Nancy Strand, Bob Lynn. (Cyndi Lagoudakis and Mark Wohlhueter were on teleconference)Voters in the Petersburg borough this fall will be asked if they want to opt out of legal marijuana sales and importation which voters approved in the 2014 statewide election. The question will b … more

Local News

Finkenbinder runs against Kreiss-Tomkins for District 35

Republican Sheila Finkenbinder of Sitka is running for House District 35.

Finkenbinder says as a Republican she'll have a better chance to make changes than her Democratic opponent. more
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Ferry breakdown strands passengers in Petersburg

Joe Yuhas and brothers Steve and Larry Banwart were stranded in Petersburg after the Columbia ferry broke down on Wednesday. (Photo/Abbey Collins)

Nearly 200 passengers were stranded in Petersburg this week, after a mechanical issue on one of Southeast Alaska’s main ferries caused it to stall there Wednesday morning. more
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Paddle Battle postponed until next weekend

Photo courtesy of Rick Mozolic

Organizers say the weather forecast for this weekend is unsafe for paddlers. more
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Borough assembly favors state income tax over sales tax

Chris Cotta, Assistant Public Works Director, addresses the Petersburg borough assembly July 18.

Petersburg borough’s assembly was united in voting at Monday’s regular meeting. Everything they voted on ended with unanimous support including two ordinances on marijuana. more
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Southeast’s Columbia ferry stalls in Petersburg

One of Southeast Alaska’s ferries stalled near Petersburg on Wednesday. The southbound Columbia ferry arrived in Petersburg early this morning and was scheduled to depart shortly after, but an unexpected delay left the boat parked in town all day. more
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Southeast News

Zika patient treated in Sitka

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The state department of Health and Social Services announced the first known case of the Zika Virus in the state today belonging to a patient treated at SEARHC’s Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital in Sitka. more

Path to Prosperity finalist hopes to provide Wrangell fresh produce

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Wrangell could soon be part of the farm-to-table trend. Wrangell resident, Dixie Booker, is a finalist in Sealaska’s Path to Prosperity, a contest for entrepreneurs to get their businesses of the ground. Booker hopes to supply Wrangell with fresh produce.… more

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Ortiz discusses legislative session and budget deficit

District 36 Representative Dan Ortiz

District 36 Representative Dan Ortiz held a constituents’ meeting in Ketchikan Wednesday night. He spoke about the state’s fiscal challenge and what happened during the last legislative session. more

Station Highlights

Little League All-Stars on KFSK FM and Stream starts July 18

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Join KFSK in supporting our 11 and 12 year old Little League All-Stars at the tournament in here in Petersburg. Joe Bertagnoli providing play by play: Petersburg vs Sitka, Monday, 6pm Petersburg vs Juneau, Tuesday, 6pm Petersburg vs Ketchikan, Wednesday, 6pm Double Elimination Tournament Thursday through Monday more
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State News

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, July 22, 2016

Supreme Court overturns parental notification law for minors seeking abortions; two people drown in Noorvik, police report; why Juneau’s rape stats tripled in one year; rain helps effort to contain McHugh Creek fire; head of USMC to visit military bases in Alaska this weekend; Walker hires former attorney general as oil, gas consultant; housing crisis in Stebbins results in overcrowding and frustration; Stika hospital treats first known Alaskan case of Zika Virus; state health officials investigate Salmonella illnesses in Bethel area; anglers get more chance at Kenai sockeye; AK: 2016: The year Bristol Bay landed its 2,000,000,000th salmon; 49 Voices: Trevor Shaw of Ketchikan

The Governor and gridlock

Governor Walker’s plans for overhauling the system of funding state government has met with resistance from lawmakers and the public. Lawmakers are unhappy with his vetoes and cuts to the PFD but they haven’t mustered an override and they haven’t passed a fiscal plan. What can possibly break the divide between the Governor’s plans and the desires of lawmakers and the public?

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