Borough to consider using two recycling programs Borough to consider using two recycling programs

Borough to consider using two recycling programs

Petersburg is planning to purchase blue recycling bins for household customers, to replace blue plastic bags currently used for curbside collection.The Petersburg Borough Assembly Monday will consider a resolution to continue the recycling program as is for at least 18 months. It’s a citizens’ initiative coming from the recycling business that contracts with the borough. The assembly will … more

Petersburg hosts state’s first co-ed roller derby bout Petersburg hosts state’s first co-ed roller derby bout

Petersburg hosts state's first co-ed roller derby bout

Competitive roller derby returns to Petersburg this weekend with two bouts hosted by Petersburg’s Ragnarok Rollers. That includes the first bout in Alaska between two co-ed teams. A few guys have been skating with the women and refereeing matches against other Southeast squads. This weekend they get their first chance at jamming and blocking with the ladies. Joe Viechnicki spok … more

Petersburg School District anxiously awaits state budget Petersburg School District anxiously awaits state budget

Petersburg School District anxiously awaits state budget

The Alaska Legislature is scheduled to adjourn Sunday but law makers are still working on the operating budget. The Petersburg School District and other districts throughout the state are still unsure what that will mean for their budgets. http://www.kfsk.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/16schoolbud.mp3 Petersburg School District could lose about $425,000 in state funding if things … more

Dozens of PHS students head to Music Fest Dozens of PHS students head to Music Fest

Dozens of PHS students head to Music Fest

The PHS clarinet ensemble will be performing at the Southeast Alaska High School Music Fest. Photo/Rosa LopezFifty-eight high school students along with their music director, Matt Lenhard, will be attending Southeast Alaska High School Music Fest this year. They leave today for Juneau. http://www.kfsk.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/14musicfest.mp3 The music festival runs April 16 through the 18 … more

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School board to consider staff contracts

Petersburg’s School Board is meeting tonight for a regularly scheduled meeting. The school board will consider passing a new policy for student nutrition and physical education. The policy would tighten language encouraging healthy eating at the schools. The policy has already had a first reading and has been reviewed by the district’s attorney. The school board will consider the changes in the s … more

Station Highlights

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. Joe Sebastian April 17 … more
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Statewide News

Key Issues Linger As Legislative Session’s End Closes In

The Alaska State Legislature is scheduled to gavel out on Sunday, before the stroke of midnight. But many of the issues lawmakers have delved into – the budget, Medicaid, marijuana – are still unsettled. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez joins us to talk about what the end game for the legislative session looks like. Download Audio More

Arctic Priorities Questioned on Eve of U.S. Chairmanship

The United States assumes chairmanship of the Arctic Council next week, kicking off a two-year window to assert American priorities in the region. The U.S. and other member nations have committed to making the Arctic a “zone of peace.” But now, some Arctic watchers wonder if the U.S. needs to add an item to its Arctic priority list: get tough with Russia. Download Audio More

Refined Fuel Tax Measure Heads To Governor’s Desk

Though discussion of new revenues hasn’t gone far in the Legislature this session, the Senate on Friday passed a measure taxing refined fuels. Download Audio More

Anchorage Church Officials Lead Rally For Medicaid Expansion

Hundreds of Anchorage residents gathered in Cuddy park Thursday night to rally for Medicaid expansion. The event was organized by AFACT, Anchorage Faith & Action Congregations Together- a coalition of local churches. Organizers hope the rally will make a difference as lawmakers enter the final days of the legislative session. Download Audio More

UAF To Cut Several Low-Enrollment Programs

The repercussions of reduced state funding are hitting home at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. And some academic programs are going away. Download Audio More

National News

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A Ticking Clock Threatens Obama's Immigration Plan

A New Orleans federal appeals court case may determine whether the President can implement his immigration plan before his term is up. More

How The Food Industry Relies On Scientists With Big Tobacco Ties

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Oklahoma Approves Nitrogen Asphyxiation For Executions

The new method was proposed after the botched execution by lethal injection last year of an Oklahoma inmate. More

Hillary Clinton Supports Amendment To Get Hidden Money Out Of Politics

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Local News

Borough to consider using two recycling programs

Petersburg is planning to purchase blue recycling bins for household customers, to replace blue plastic bags currently used for curbside collection.

The Petersburg Borough Assembly is set to consider a resolution that would run two curbside recycling programs at the same time, one for blue recycling bags and one for carts. more
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Petersburg hosts state’s first co-ed roller derby bout

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Competitive roller derby returns to Petersburg this weekend with two bouts hosted by Petersburg’s Ragnarok Rollers. more
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Petersburg School District anxiously awaits state budget

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Petersburg School District could lose about $425,000 in state funding if things stay where they are. more
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Petersburg Public Health informs residents about STDs

Public Health Nurse Erin Michael holds a box of condoms at the Public Health Office in Petersburg.

April is National STD Awareness month. The Public Health Office in Petersburg is trying to get the word out to the public of the importance of testing for sexually transmitted diseases. more
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Dozens of PHS students head to Music Fest

The PHS clarinet ensemble will be performing at Music Fest. Photo/Rosa Lopez

Fifty-eight high school students along with their music director, Matt Lenhard, will be attending Southeast Alaska High School Music Fest this year. They leave today for Juneau. more
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Southeast News

Injunction denial met with pleasure, disappointment

This image is from the cover of the Big Thorne Timber Sale Environmental Impact Study. (U.S. Forest Service photo)

Thursday’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against an emergency motion for an injunction to delay the Big Thorne Timber Sale was greeted with pleasure or disappointment, depending on who you talk to.

Closing after 65 years, Brenner women look to the future

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The doors of one of the oldest family-owned stores in Sitka closed last month. Brenner’s Fine Clothing and Gifts has been a staple on Lincoln Street for the past 65 years.

9th Circuit denies Big Thorne injunction

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied an emergency motion for an injunction that would have delayed the Big Thorne Timber Sale pending an appeal of a lower-court ruling.

Ortiz hears concerns as session end nears

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With only a few days left in regular session for the Alaska Legislature, House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz held a teleconference Wednesday evening with constituents in Wrangell and Ketchikan to answer questions and hear concerns.