The Thomas Bay Power Authority Commission board gathered in Wrangell on Tuesday morning for a regular meeting. One of the discussions that took place surrounded the meeting that never happened.
Recently, southeast Alaska has been getting due attention when it comes to communications. Alaska Power and Telephone Company, or AP&T, is in the midst of building a new terrestrial microwave network that will span 500 miles of southeast Alaska.
Through a grant from the Association of Alaska School Boards' Consortium for Digital Learning, Wrangell will join nine other school districts throughout the state in getting laptops in their schools for the first time. The consortium aims at bringing digital learning into Alaska schools. The concept is known as the one-to-one program – one laptop for one student.
In its five year life, the oyster nursery in Naukati on Prince of Wales Island has become more and more successful. Now the largest seed supplier in Alaska, the year-round nursery supplies oyster seed, or spat, to almost 70% of all oyster farmers in the state. As the shellfish industry expands, Naukati's nursery is staying in stride with a program for new farmers as well as a grant for the planning and design of a regional shellfish processing facility. KSTK's Lisa Phu recently visited the nursery in Naukati and files this report.
The Wrangell borough assembly looked at a proposed resolution to grant Wrangell Seafoods, Inc. an electrical rate incentive for the cold storage. WSI is the anchor tenant for the city-owned facility.
The Committee for Clean Indoor Air did their homework and legwork when they got 196 signatures on their petition. This was enough to move their ballot proposition onto the October 7 election. The proposition would ask voters: Should Wrangell pass an ordinance prohibiting smoking in indoor public places and places of employment? At Tuesday night's regular assembly meeting, the borough assembly decided to take another route.
GCI contractors starting laying the $30 million fiber-optic cable on Monday. They started in Ketchikan and reached Wrangell by Tuesday. The entire cable measures 750 miles and will connect parts of southeast Alaska to the Alaska United Line, which currently connects the state to the lower 48.
At Tuesday night's borough assembly meeting, a Wrangell resident stated that due to recent assembly interaction with Cascade Creek, the governing body may be in violation of the Open Meetings Act.
Wrangell Seafoods, Inc. is the official anchor tenant for the city-owned public cold storage in Wrangell. With some of their own product already in the facility, Wrangell Seafoods is ready to accept business from the public as well as from commercial vendors. Recently, KSTK's Lisa Phu had the opportunity to tour the cold storage facility and files this report.
A 13-year old middle schooler from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recently had the experience of a lifetime in Wrangell. Not only did she get to see all the great sites, including Anan Bear Observatory, the Stikine River, Chief Shakes house, and a multitude of wildlife, she also had an NBC film crew follow her around. Her vacation will be turned into a half-hour documentary. All this for winning an essay contest.