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

Otter hide sewing is first class held in Wrangell’s carving facility Otter hide sewing is first class held in Wrangell’s carving facility

Otter hide sewing is first class held in Wrangell's carving facility

Arthur Larsen sews an otter-skin hat at Wrangell’s carving facility Sunday, March 1, 2015. Wrangell’s new carving facility hosted its first Alaska Native craft class last weekend, and about 20 residents signed up to learn the basics of sewing otter skins. On a Sunday afternoon, the carving facility was full of people quietly working on their sewing projects. They … more

Local News

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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WMC slowly recovering from financial crisis

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The Wrangell Medical Center is slowly recovering from a financial crisis that became apparent at the end of last year, but its financial problems aren’t over yet. That’s what Wrangell Medical Center CEO Marla Sanger told the hospital’s board of directors and the Borough Assembly this week. more
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Nevada man dies at Zarembo Island logging site

A Nevada man was found dead this week at a logging site 12 miles west of Wrangell. Alaska State Troopers say the cause of death is unknown. 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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Southeast News

Reconsideration opposed

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About a week after the Ketchikan Gateway Borough asked the Alaska Supreme Court to reconsider its order for a stay pending appeal of the borough’s education funding lawsuit, state attorneys filed their expected opposition.

2nd set of groups appeals Big Thorne ruling

A second coalition of conservation groups that opposes the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island has filed its own appeal and motion for an injunction following a U.S. District Court ruling against them.

Youth activists march for respectful, non-violent relationships

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Sitka was one of 170 communities that took to the streets today for the Choose Respect March, a statewide effort to end domestic violence and sexual assault. In a 2012 victimization survey conducted in Sitka, 47% of adult women reported experiencing intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both.

Statewide News

Alaska Senate Delays Vote On Pot Legislation

The Alaska Senate has delayed a vote on its signature marijuana bill after saying they need more time to consider an amendment that would largely ban concentrates. Download Audio More

Alaskans Testify On Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Bill

Lawmakers took public testimony for the first time Thursday on Governor Bill Walker's bill to expand Medicaid. The public spoke during the last 30 minutes of the House Health and Social Services committee's hearing on HB 148. Download Audio More

Murkowski Adds Federal Land Disposal Measure to Budget

Environmentalists are saying a budget amendment authored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski could lead to a plundering of treasured federal landscapes. Murkowski’s amendment on federal land disposals was part of a national budget resolution the Senate passed early this morning. Senators offered hundreds of amendments that don’t have the force of law but often serve symbolic or political purposes. Download Audio More

National News

Bill Gates Tells The World: Get Ready For The Next Epidemic

In a strongly worded essay in The New England Journal of Medicine, the philanthropist calls for a global system to respond to future medical emergencies. We ask experienced Ebola hands to weigh in. 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. March is the month when under water plants begin to grow. Click on the player above to listen to Tlingit Phrase of the Week for March 23rd through 29th. more
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