Assembly approves funds for trail project Assembly approves funds for trail project

Assembly approves funds for trail project

Participants in a trail design workshop in Wrangell use clinometer devices to measure the grade of the terrain. (Photo courtesy of Amber Al-Haddad) The Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday approved a change to this year’s budget to provide matching funds for a local trail project. Wrangell secured a grant from the Federal Lands Access Program to pay for a Mt. Dewey trail extension. The new trail wi … more

WCA tests Wrangell shellfish for contaminants WCA tests Wrangell shellfish for contaminants

WCA tests Wrangell shellfish for contaminants

Volunteers dig up clams and cockles on a Wrangell beach as part of a WCA IGAP effort to test shellfish for contaminants on Monday, April 20, 2015. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK) The Wrangell Cooperative Association recently won federal funding to test shellfish from Wrangell beaches. The tribal government wants to make sure clams and cockles are still safe to eat after a sinking tug boat leaked fu … more

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Take a chance to win in KSTK’s 50/50 cash raffle! Tickets are $25.00 each and ONLY 250 tickets will be sold. If all tickets are sold, the winner will walk away with $3,125.00! We will draw on or before June 15th, 2015. Tickets are available from any KSTK staff member, board member, and at KSTK. You can also purchase over the phone with a credit card at (907) 874-2345.

Red Chris Mine gets closer to full production Red Chris Mine gets closer to full production

Red Chris Mine gets closer to full production

The Red Chris Mine’s first shipment of copper concentrate was sent out April 11, 2015. (www.imperialmetals.com) A British Columbia mine upriver from Wrangell and Petersburg is one step closer to full production after reaching a benefits agreement with a First Nation group last weekend. Red Chris is a copper and gold mine in the Stikine River watershed on the traditional territory of th … more

Borough moves forward with Stikine Inn expansion plan Borough moves forward with Stikine Inn expansion plan

Borough moves forward with Stikine Inn expansion plan

The large rectangle represents Bill and Cheryl Goodale’s request for a larger lot that includes city-owned tidelands. They plan to expand the Stikine Inn. The Wrangell Borough Assembly decided last week to move forward with a local hotel’s request to purchase tidelands as part of a plan to expand its lodging space and provide retail space for artists. Bill and Cheryl Goodale ow … more

Local News

Wrangell, Petersburg hospitals share a financial administrator

It can be difficult for rural Alaskan hospitals to recruit experienced financial professionals. That’s why the hospitals in Wrangell and Petersburg are taking a new approach to that challenge by sharing a chief financial officer. more
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School board offers contracts to new principal, current teachers

The Wrangell Public School Board Tuesday voted to offer Kendall Benson of Utah the job of secondary school principal. The board also offered contracts to all of the district’s non-tenured teachers. more
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Wrangell to run on diesel generators starting May 26

Wrangell will run on diesel generators from May 26 through June 3. Wrangell Light and Power is encouraging residents to cut down on electricity use during the diesel run to minimize the impact on their electricity bills. more
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Borough Assembly Meeting

Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting of May 12, 2015

Wrangell's Borough Assembly held its regular meeting Tuesday, May 12 in the Assembly Chambers. Click "more" to listen to audio of that meeting. more
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Southeast News

Logging restrictions in place for dry weather on Tongass

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Officials on the Tongass National Forest are restricting logging activities because of the hot, dry weather and some lightning strikes in the region. The forest has been placed on “Hoot Owl” restrictions, effective Friday, May 22nd. That means some logging work cannot take place during the afternoon and evening. The limitations are in place for the Craig and Thorne Bay districts on Prince of Wales Island along with the Wrangell ranger district.

Petersburg salmon derby underway Friday

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The Petersburg Chamber of Commerce’s 34th annual salmon derby opens Friday, May 22 with over 100 prizes for lucky anglers landing a king salmon during the four-day event. Fishing starts at 7 this morning and is open through 5 p.m. Monday. Event organizers were able to tag two fish this week, good for cash prizes if they’re caught again during the derby.

All safe after Sitka tour vessel founders

The St. Michael took the stricken St. Tatiana's passengers aboard. (Flickr photo/Michael Fitzhugh)

69 passengers and 5 crew members are safe after being evacuated from a tour boat Thursday afternoon (5-21-15) in Sitka.

Statewide News

Summit builds community through hip hop culture and history

Hip Hop is more than just music and dancing; it’s a culture based on bringing people together. That was the message during this weekend’s All Tribes Hip Hop Cultural Heritage Summit at Begich Middle School in East Anchorage. More

As Negotiations Continue, Little Public Action From Legislature

With negotiations over the state’s multi-billion-dollar budget deficit still underway, the Alaska House and Senate met in brief and uneventful floor sessions over the weekend. But legislative leaders say there has been some progress on a compromise between the Republican Majority and Democratic Minority. More

Unhappy Public Speaks For First Time In Special Session

The topics that came up after were varied. Some called for increased education funding, others Medicaid expansion, and then there were comments on a smorgasbord of other cuts. But there was one common theme: frustration. More

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KSTK Raffle Tickets | 2015 50/50

Take a chance to win in KSTK's 50/50 cash raffle! Tickets are $25.00 each and ONLY 250 tickets will be sold. If all tickets are sold, the winner will walk away with $3,125.00! We will draw on or before June 15th, 2015. Tickets are available from any KSTK staff member, board member, and at KSTK. You can also purchase over the phone with a credit card at (907) 874-2345. more
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Special on KSTK

Photo of the Week

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We want your Alaska photos! Each week, the photo with the most "likes" on Facebook will be featured as our cover photo on Facebook, Twitter, and on kstk.org! The winner will also receive a KSTK Carabiner. To submit a photo, simply email it with your name and a brief description to photo@kstk.org. more
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Community Focused Programming

Recreation & Road Report

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The Weekly Recreation and Road Report provides information on road conditions, logging traffic, cabin access, nature observations and other information valuable to those recreating in the Tongass National Forest. The Recreation and Road Report is produced in the studios of KSTK by Corree Delabrue, Forest Service Interpreter for the Tongass National Forest at the Wrangell Ranger District. This is the Weekly Recreation and Road report for May 19th - 29th. more
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Wrangell’s Tlingit Phrase of the Week

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Tlingit Phrase of the Week is a project launched to help with the survival and renewal of the Tlingit language in Wrangell. Each phrase speaks to Wrangell's seasons and the Tlingit way of life. May is Tenth Month. In the month of May, Seagulls have laid their eggs. This is the Tlingit Phrase of the Week for May 19th through 25th. more
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National News

Trying To Organize A Marathon, An Arab-Israeli Woman Runs Into Opposition

Conservatives in Tira pushed back hard at the idea of women and men running together in a public race. Someone went so far as to shoot at race organizer Haneen Radi's car. For now, the run is off. More

On Memorial Day, Learning The Story Behind The Markers

In a Boston neighborhood, WBUR's Steve Brown seeks out the story of a Marine honored by one of the many markers throughout the city that commemorates sacrifice in war. More

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug Costs

The cost of medication to treat multiple sclerosis has risen much faster than inflation, even for older drugs. Patients and insurers say manufacturers' subsidy programs have helped, but not enough. More