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It’s not often that a tight housing market boasts the largest average home size in the region coupled with home prices 40 percent below the regional average and the lowest rental prices in the state. But, Wrangell also has the … more

SupermarketGroceries or electric rates? The Assembly is trying to decide which living cost is a greater burden to Sitkans.

Deer MountainTwo longtime Ketchikan residents have formed a new organization to stop recently announced plans to log Deer Mountain.

I-Voted-StickerFive-o-clock Thursday was the deadline for local candidates to file for city and borough office. Here's a wrap-up on who is running for which seats.

ShooterDrill2The U.S. Coast Guard base in Ketchikan was the scene of a simulated active shooter on Wednesday, complete with fake casualties, a successful “arrest,” and lessons on rapid-response medical care.

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Thursday begins a new school year in Wrangell, and as it begins, the Wrangell school district is absorbing $51,000 in education cuts.

Gov. Bill Walker made $48 million in cuts to education funding earlier this year, resulting in a $51,000 … more

Two Sitkans were indicted last Friday (8-19-16) on felony charges involving weapons. 32-year old Brandon D. Ledbetter was charged for stabbing a man in the leg in a bar fight. 32-year old Walter Boyd allegedly stole a handgun from a boat in Sealing Cove Harbor.

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)The Alaska Mental Health Trust took its first step toward logging Ketchikan’s iconic Deer Mountain, along with a parcel in Petersburg.

Bob KindredJazz saxophonist Bob Kindred died August 15th in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 76. Kindred was well known in the Ketchikan jazz community, performing at First City Players Jazz and Cabaret Festival for more than a dozen years.

Women from the Upper Tsum Valley gather for a class on childbirth and recovery offered by one of Frazin's team. (Tsum Valley Medical Mission photo)A nurse at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka spent nearly a month last spring providing medical care in one of Nepal’s most remote valleys -- and she’s already planning another trip.

2-12-14-THCC-PodiumCiting federal budget cuts, Southeast Alaska’s regional tribal government is temporarily ending programs that provide food, clothing and shelter to its most needy clients.

2-12-14-THCC-PodiumSoutheast Alaska’s regional tribal government is temporarily ending programs that provide food, clothing and shelter to its most needy clients.

Sulphurets Creek, which drains naturally occurring rusty water from the KSM mine prospect, enters Mitchell Creek upstream from Southeast Alaska. Tribal officials worry mining will send polluted water into British Columbia rivers that flow into Alaska. KSM officials say their pollution-control designs will keep that from happening. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization said this month’s meetings with the U.S. State Department and Environmental Protection Agency were productive. Among other things, the agencies could help expand water-monitoring efforts along transboundary rivers

An Air Station Sitka helicopter prepares to hoist a litter carrying the victim of a brown bear mauling in Sitkoh Bay. Rescue swimmer Christopher Austin says the woman was not ambulatory, "But the good news is that she was talking to me." (USGS image)A helicopter from Air Station Sitka medevacked two wilderness guides from Sitkoh Bay Thursday afternoon (Thu 8-18-16), after they were mauled by a brown bear while leading a hiking expedition.

Pastor Paul McArthur says Grace Harbor Church is just a tool for the ministry, like the "hands and feet of its congregation." He doesn't think the church changed much after its dramatic role in the slide recovery effort, although it did have to serve temporarily as a Catholic sanctuary. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)In the aftermath of last August's landslide, Sitka staged a 24-hour relief effort out of Grace Harbor Church, the nearest building with the capacity to feed dozens of relief workers, shelter neighborhood evacuees, and to comfort the hundreds of residents awaiting news of the victims.

Brown bears Baloo, Toby, and Lucky, after shredding a tent baited with a hot dog, during a school demonstration at the Fortress in 2015. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Plans are in motion at Sitka’s industrial park to give a nonprofit bear habitat the land it’s been leasing for the last 13 years. The park's board ordered a formal survey of the site.

City-Hall

The window to declare candidacy in Wrangell’s local elections is coming to a close in 13 days, and some open seats have no candidates.

The Wrangell Borough Assembly and Port Commission have two three-year terms open. No candidates are running … more

Ensign Mari Freitag (photo courtesy of the US Navy).Ketchikan native and 2008 Kayhi graduate Mari Freitag is in Corpus Christi, Texas, participating in a training program that transforms U.S. Navy officers into Navy pilots.

The Ketchikan Pioneer Home is one of six in Alaska caring for older residents. (Photo by KRBD)Alaska’s Pioneer Homes have stopped accepting new residents, at least for a while. It’s one more impact of state budget cuts.

Albert Macasaet is seen in Ketchikan District Court during his first-felony appearance Tuesday, Aug. 16. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Additional charges have been filed against a 27-year-old Prince of Wales Island man accused of murdering his girlfriend.

2016-08-18-40Today (08-16-16) is the one-year-anniversary of the August 18th landslide in Sitka. In the week that followed, many in Sitka volunteered food, shelter, and sweat to the recovery effort. And amid these gestures of aid, one of the most healing agents was words.

The Amber Anne being lifted at Wrangell's marine service center. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Wrangell has been reinventing itself as a maritime community since the collapse of the timber industry in the early ‘90s. In November 2006, the community’s marine service center lifted its first boat out of the water. Now, 10 years later, … more

I voted stickerTuesday’s primary election was pretty low-key in Southeast Alaska. The real battle for state House and Senate candidates will come during the general election. But a few trends emerged.

IMG_8675The landslide that struck Sitka in August of last year was not the worst disaster to befall a community, but the impacts still echo. Kramer Avenue is less than a mile from downtown. Here's the experience of property owners who live beneath the slide.

Wrangell High School. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

The Alaska Department of Education created Alaska Native cultural standards in 2012. The five standards aim to guide school districts across the state towards culturally-responsive teaching. Seven Southeast school districts, plus Kodiak, are partnering with the Southeast Regional Resource Center … more

2016-08-15-020For much of Sitka, the August 18, 2015 landslide was a wake-up call that even the most settled parts of Alaska remain dynamic -- and sometimes dangerous -- places. Local leadership found itself in an unprecedented situation.

Scott Harris downloads stream temperature data from a logger placed in Salmon Lake Creek on Baranof Island (courtesy of Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition)

The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition plans to record the temperature of salmon streams across Southeast Alaska over the next two years. The project aims to collect the data to measure climate change’s affect on Alaska’s most prominent fish.

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Bob Sivertsen

Republican candidate for House District 36 Bob Sivertsen made a campaign stop in Wrangell this week to meet with residents.

Sivertsen is the only Republican running against incumbent Dan Ortiz, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. While in different … more

sewage mainline being fixed

A sewer mainline broke early Monday morning near Zimovia Highway in Wrangell, allowing about 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into the inner harbor.

The break happened near the Zimovia Highway and Case Avenue intersection. Public Works Director, Amber Al-Haddad, said … more

Sewage mainline being fixed. (Courtesy of Wrangell Public Works department.)

A sewer mainline broke early Monday morning near Zimovia Highway, allowing  about 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into Wrangell’s inner harbor.

The break happened near the Zimovia Highway and Case Avenue intersection. The Public Works department was notified around 6:30 … more