School, borough officials discuss Wrangell Public Schools budget School, borough officials discuss Wrangell Public Schools budget

School, borough officials discuss Wrangell Public Schools budget

The Wrangell School Board met with the Wrangell Borough Assembly last week to discuss the school district’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the potential shortfall it is facing from a loss of state and federal funding. Education cuts at the state and federal level could amount to over $1 million in cuts to Wrangell’s approximately $6 million school budget. The big c … more

Wrangell Assembly adopts pot ordinance Wrangell Assembly adopts pot ordinance

Wrangell Assembly adopts pot ordinance

The Wrangell Borough Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt an ordinance banning the public consumption of marijuana in the borough. Assembly Member Daniel Blake said the legalization initiative already outlawed public pot consumption statewide. “All we’re doing is picking it up as a city ordinance so if the police department writes a citation for that, the money goes to the city and not to th … more

Mount Polley disaster prompts new requirements for B.C. tailings dams Mount Polley disaster prompts new requirements for B.C. tailings dams

Mount Polley disaster prompts new requirements for B.C. tailings dams

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office announced Thursday it’s adding information requirements for mines undergoing environmental review to ensure the safety of new tailings facilities. The changes were spurred by last year’s tailings dam collapse at the Mount Polley mine, which spilled millions of gallons of mine waste into creeks and lakes. docume … more

Wrangell assembly gives first-round approval for pot ordinance Wrangell assembly gives first-round approval for pot ordinance

Wrangell assembly gives first-round approval for pot ordinance

The Wrangell Borough Assembly gave first-round approval Tuesday to an ordinance banning the public consumption of marijuana. But assembly members disagreed on the timing and language of the measure. http://www.kstk.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/11WRGpot.mp3 The assembly narrowly passed the first reading of a proposed ordinance to ban marijuana consumption in public places. … more

Wrangell Wolves headed to state basketball tournament Wrangell Wolves headed to state basketball tournament

Wrangell Wolves headed to state basketball tournament

The Wrangell Wolves beat the Craig Panthers 61-50 to qualify for the state tournament. (Courtesy of Katrina Ottesen) The Wrangell Wolves are headed to the state basketball tournament after winning two of three games at the Southeast Region V 2A tournament in Ketchikan last weekend. The Wrangell High School boys’ team beat Craig 61-50 to earn the second berth to state behind 2A champi … more

Local News

Regional watershed group aims to focus wetland mitigation funds on restoration

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The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition has a plan in the works to keep wetland mitigation funds closer to home, and the group is asking Southeast communities to submit ideas for wetland and stream improvements. more
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School, borough officials discuss Wrangell Public Schools budget

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The Wrangell School Board met with the Wrangell Borough Assembly last week to discuss the school district’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the potential shortfall it is facing from a loss of state and federal funding. more
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SEAPA moves forward with plans for Swan Lake expansion

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A power agency that supplies electricity to three Southeast communities is moving forward with plans to expand its hydro storage capacity by selling bonds. more
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Borough Assembly Meeting

Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting of March 24, 2015

Wrangell's Borough Assembly held its regular meeting Tuesday, March 24 in the Assembly Chambers. Click "more" to listen to audio of that meeting. more
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Southeast News

‘Ferocious’ red squirrel to grace legislator’s office

A former biologist, Bill Foster says a stuffed red squirrel would convey an important message in Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins' office. "I'd put a red squirrel against a polar bear any day," says Foster. (Flickr photos/Borderslass, ruby blossom)

Sitka Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ office may soon be home to some historic Alaskana -- and much more -- if he can come to terms with a local collector.

Major state road project starts up soon in Petersburg

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A major road and sidewalk project in Petersburg is getting underway this spring. The 8.3-million dollar paving, drainage and sidewalk replacement project will be happening on two state-owned roads near downtown Petersburg, Haugen Drive and South Nordic Drive.

School board considers tightening policy on nutrition

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Petersburg School Board is considering a stricter nutritional policy for the district. The new policy focuses on encouraging healthy eating.

Statewide News

Legislature Votes To End School Bond Reimbursements, But Uncertainty Lingers For Anchorage

The Legislature has passed a bill that would put its school bond reimbursement program on hiatus. But the big question is whether it will affect Anchorage’s $60 million bonding proposition. More

House OKs Timber Payments, But Alaskans Can’t Count on It

A federal revenue-sharing program called Secure Rural Schools has been a million-dollar boon to some Alaska cities and boroughs, mostly in Southeast. Despite the name, the money doesn’t just go to schools, and these days it’s not at all secure. But a two-year extension of Secure Rural Schools has advanced in Congress. More

Candidates for open ASD School Board Seat G bring financial experiences, different priorities

Elisa Snelling and Starr Marsett are competing for Seat G, which is being vacated by Natasha Von Imhof. The two candidates both bring passion but with very different focuses. More

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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

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. April is the month before everything hatches. Click on the player above to listen to Tlingit Phrase of the Week for the first week of April. more
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National News

The Sen. Menendez Indictment In Five Excerpts

The indictment against Sen. Robert Menendez alleges he took hundreds of thousands of dollars and extravagant gifts from a friend and donor in exchange for political favors. More

Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

The case of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has focused attention on what Lufthansa, or any employer, can really know about an employee's state of mind. Requiring a psychological evaluation has risks, too. More

Trading Walkathons For Ice Buckets, Charities Try To Hold On To Donors

Some of the largest, most established walkathons and similar events that raise cash for charity aren't doing as well as they used to. There's more competition, fundraisers say, for money and time. More