British Columbia more open to mine treaty talks British Columbia more open to mine treaty talks

British Columbia more open to mine treaty talks

B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett discusses the week’s mine meetings as Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and other state officials listen during a Wednesday press conference in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News). British Columbia’s top mining official says he’s open to involving his federal government in transboundary mine conflicts. That’s a change from earlier statements. docum … more

WMC board hires new hospital CEO WMC board hires new hospital CEO

WMC board hires new hospital CEO

Aaron McPherson, Jeffrey Lyle and Robert Rang The Wrangell Medical Center Board of Directors hired Robert Rang of Kodiak on Thursday as the new hospital CEO. After a meet-and-greet event Wednesday and a special board meeting Thursday, the board offered Rang a contract. He will start working in Wrangell Oct. 12. Rang is long-term care administrator at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. Before that, he worked … more

Dock planned for bear observatory raises concerns Dock planned for bear observatory raises concerns

Dock planned for bear observatory raises concerns

In an effort to increase safety at a popular bear observatory near Wrangell, the U.S. Forest Service is moving forward with plans to build a dock at the site for planes and boats to drop off tourists. But Wrangell-based tour guides say the costly dock will essentially be useless and could create more hazards than it prevents. http://www.kstk.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/18A … more

Borough Assembly and WMC enter line of credit agreement Borough Assembly and WMC enter line of credit agreement

Borough Assembly and WMC enter line of credit agreement

The Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Wednesday to set $500,000 aside for Wrangell Medical Center to borrow in case it runs out of cash. The assembly chose this agreement instead of approving the hospital’s original request to seek a line of credit from a bank or financial institution. For the hospital to access the line of credit from the borough, the hospital CEO would have to get … more

One year after mine disaster, Wrangellites protest BC mines One year after mine disaster, Wrangellites protest BC mines

One year after mine disaster, Wrangellites protest BC mines

A protest in Wrangell on Sunday, August 2, 2015. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK) A protest in Wrangell on Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of a mining disaster in Canada and sought to bring attention to mines being developed across the border from Southeast Alaska. About 100 people marched through Wrangell behind a banner that read “Keep the Stikine Clean.” http://www.kstk.org/wp … more

Local News

Wrangell’s tourism season winds down with last big cruise ship

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The biggest cruise ship to dock in Wrangell this year marked the winding-down of the busy tourism season when it made its last stop of the summer Tuesday at City Dock. more
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British Columbia more open to mine treaty talks

B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett discusses the week's mine meetings as Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and other state officials listen during a Wednesday press conference in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News).

British Columbia’s mines minister says he’s open to involving Canada in resolving transboundary mine conflicts. That’s a change from earlier statements. more
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Assembly sets transitional due dates for 2015 property taxes

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The Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to make 2015 a transitional year for the new property tax due date. This year, the first half of property tax payments will be due Sept. 15, and the second half is due by Dec. 15. more
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Borough Assembly Meeting

Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting of August 25, 2015

Wrangell's Borough Assembly held its regular meeting Tuesday, August 25 in the Assembly Chambers. Click "more" to listen to audio of that meeting. more
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Southeast News

Rep. Ortiz encouraged by BC mines minister visit

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House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz gives an update on current activities, including transboundary mines talks, the Medicaid expansion lawsuit and the upcoming session's most pressing topic: The budget.

The Cannery Tales: Nichelle Stanfield

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Today we meet Nichelle Stanfield, a 29 year old graphic design student from California. She spoke with Joe Sykes about disability, depression and coping with death. But first she recounted her encounter with one of Alaska’s most famous residents.

Public comments on POW subsistence wolf harvest

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The Office of Subsistence Management heard Thursday from the public – some from out of state – about whether to allow a subsistence wolf harvest on Prince of Wales Island and adjacent islands.

Statewide News

Chiniak fire claims library, spares school; Residents evacuated

A growing, wind-whipped wildfire continues to burn out of control in Chiniak. The latest report is that while the Chiniak library has burnt down, the nearby Chiniak K-8 School survived. The blaze began sometime around 9 p.m. Thursday night, and may have been sparked by downed powerlines. All night flames of the rapidly growing fire were clearly visible from Kodiak City, 10 miles across Chiniak Bay. More

Anchorage Mayor: Obama Visit to Cause ‘Minimal Disruption’ Downtown

Mayor Berkowitz today announced which street will close for security. He said residents should be flexible when visiting downtown for the first half of the week, but he says the event won't shut down commerce. Listen now: More

Cleaning Up to Be with His Kid — Stories from Brother Francis Shelter

The morning at Brother Francis Shelter starts with a sleepy bustle. Guests wake up at 5 am, start gathering their belongings, drink some coffee and help clean the shelter. One morning in late July, in the back dormitory shelter guest William Teal wiped down the plastic sleeping mats with cleaning solution. More

Special on KSTK

Photo of the Week

Sunshine at Heritage Harbor
Photo by Andrea Laughlin

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 August 18th through 25th. 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. August... everything fattens month. In the month of August they used to tell, there are so many humpies you can walk across them. Click on the photo above to listen to Tlingit Phrase of the Week for August 24th through 30th. more
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National News

Worsening Wildfire Seasons Tax The Forest Service

The agency says it's now spending record amounts on fire suppression, and these bills are coming at the expense of its other programs — many of which would help prevent future wildfires. More

NHL Hall-Of-Fame Coach Al Arbour Dies At Age 82

The long-time coach of the New York Islanders won four Stanley Cup championships with the team — after winning four as a player. More

On Wall Street: Not Much Fun, But It Sure Was Interesting

Markets have been seeing some of the biggest stock-price swings in years. And economists say the extreme volatility is starting to weigh down consumer confidence. More

Borough Assembly Meeting

Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting of August 25, 2015

Wrangell's Borough Assembly held its regular meeting Tuesday, August 25 in the Assembly Chambers. Click "more" to listen to audio of that meeting. more
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Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting of July 28, 2015

Wrangell's Borough Assembly held its regular meeting Tuesday, July 28 in the Assembly Chambers. Click "more" to listen to audio of that meeting. more
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Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting of June 23, 2015

Wrangell's Borough Assembly held its regular meeting Tuesday, June 23 in the Assembly Chambers. Click "more" to listen to audio of that meeting. more
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Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting of June 9, 2015

Wrangell's Borough Assembly held its regular meeting Tuesday, June 9 in the Assembly Chambers. Click "more" to listen to audio of that meeting. more
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Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting of May 26, 2015

Wrangell's Borough Assembly held its regular meeting Tuesday, May 26 in the Assembly Chambers. Click "more" to listen to audio of that meeting. more
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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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Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting of April 28, 2015

Wrangell's Borough Assembly held its regular meeting Tuesday, April 28 in the Assembly Chambers. Click "more" to listen to audio of that meeting. more
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Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting of April 14, 2015

Wrangell's Borough Assembly held its regular meeting Tuesday, April 14 in the Assembly Chambers. Click "more" to listen to audio of that meeting. more
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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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Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting of March 10, 2015

Wrangell's Borough Assembly held its regular meeting Tuesday, March 10 in the Assembly Chambers. Click "more" to listen to audio of that meeting. more
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