Manager: Police to move into muni building next month Manager: Police to move into muni building next month

Manager: Police to move into muni building next month

Renovation continues at Petersburg’s Municipal Building this week. The Police Department will be the first to move in. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News) The Petersburg Police Department will move into new quarters the first week of February. Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht told assembly members about the timing of the move into the Municipal Building at their Tuesday e … more

Pertussis, aka whooping cough, in Petersburg Pertussis, aka whooping cough, in Petersburg

Pertussis, aka whooping cough, in Petersburg

Most Alaska pertussis cases are in infants, children and early teenagers. (Graphic courtesy Alaska Department of Health and Social Services) School and public-health officials are warning Petersburg residents about pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The school district sent a letter to parents Tuesday saying only one case has been confirmed so far. But it said that student has sever … more

Petersburg Mental Health director awarded sabbatical Petersburg Mental Health director awarded sabbatical

Petersburg Mental Health director awarded sabbatical

Susan Ohmer is the Executive Director of Petersburg Mental Health Services. Photo courtesy of Susan OhmerSusan Ohmer, Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, Petersburg Mental Health Services, has been awarded a four month sabbatical by the Rasmuson Foundation. KFSK’s Angela Denning reports: document.createElement('audio'); http://www.kfsk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/10o … more

Bill looks to trade federal land for Mental Health Trust land near Petersburg, Ketchikan Bill looks to trade federal land for Mental Health Trust land near Petersburg, Ketchikan

Bill looks to trade federal land for Mental Health Trust land near Petersburg, Ketchikan

Petersburg resident, Jeff Meucci, points to a lands map while Ed Wood looks on. Photo/Angela DenningWith a new U.S. Congress convening, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation has reintroduced a bill that would trade federal land for land owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust – including Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain. A joint statement Thursday from Sens. Lisa M … more

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Vikings win four games in Haines after travel delays

Petersburg High School basketball teams spent about a week getting to and from Haines. But as Angela Denning reports, when they finally hit the court they won four of four games. http://www.kfsk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/12bball.mp3 Weather would not cooperate this past week. High winds canceled ferries and both basketball teams got stuck in Juneau for the weekend. While there t … more

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Manager: Police to move into muni building next month

Renovation continues at Petersburg's Municipal Building Jan. 18, 2017. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News)

Petersburg police will be the first department to move into new quarters in the Municipal Building. Other borough departments will follow. more
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Pertussis, aka whooping cough, in Petersburg

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School and public-health officials are warning Petersburg residents about pertussis, also known as whooping cough. more
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Petersburg Mental Health director awarded sabbatical

Susan Ohmer is the Executive Director of Petersburg Mental Health Services. Photo courtesy of Susan Ohmer

Susan Ohmer, Executive Director of Petersburg Mental Health Services, was awarded a four month sabbatical through the Rasmuson Foundation. more
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Bill looks to trade federal land for Mental Health Trust land near Petersburg, Ketchikan

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With a new U.S. Congress convening, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation has reintroduced a bill that would trade federal land for land owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust – including Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain and land near homes in Petersburg. more
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Vikings win four games in Haines after travel delays

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Petersburg High School basketball teams won four of four games against Haines. Both coaches are looking forward to a good season. more
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Southeast News

Wrangell School District produces balanced budget draft

Wrangell High School. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

The Wrangell School Board examined its first budget draft for the upcoming fiscal year Monday. The draft manages to cover a $134,000 decrease in revenue, about a 4 percent cut. No teachers would lose their jobs under the plan and … more

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Metlakatla hopes to increase hydro capacity

A view of Metlakatla on Annette Island, Alaska's only Native reserve. (File photo by Leila Kheiry)

For the past couple years, Metlakatla residents have been asked to conserve power. The lake levels on Annette Island have been low, and this winter’s cold, dry spell made things even worse. But, recent rainy weather has provided some relief while Metlakatla Power and Light works toward increasing its hydro capacity. more

KPU back on hydro after warm, wet weekend

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All that rain was good for something. But it wasn't all good: One power outage over the weekend was storm-related. 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 meeting Tuesday, Jan. 17th, 6pm Find the Archive of past meetings here: KFSK Borough Meeting Archive more
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State of the State Address – Listen on KFSK

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Governor Walker will deliver the State of the State Address Wednesday, January 18, 7pm. KFSK will broadcast the address live. Live video of the State of the State address will be available below: Last year’s address is available here. For … more
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President Trump Inauguration on KFSK Friday, 6am-12noon

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State News

2017 State of the State Address

The multi-camera television and radio coverage from the state capitol building in Juneau will begin at 7:00 p.m. The broadcast is expected to last for approximately one hour. The broadcast will be hosted off screen by KTOO and 360 North’s Jeremy Hsieh.

Obama denies Newtok’s request for disaster declaration

President Barack Obama has turned down a request from the western Alaska village of Newtok for a disaster declaration. Listen now

National News

Wave Of Bomb Threats Targets Jewish Centers, Again

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Avalanche Buries Italian Ski Resort; Rescue Operations Underway

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Trump's Washington Hotel Draws Protesters — And Ethics Concerns

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Trump Inherits Guantanamo's Remaining Detainees

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