The Alaska Native Sisterhood is hosting a workshop to teach the traditional way to smoke fish. Fish donations are being collected for the event and the event is open to the community. Kelley Decker met with Lovey Brock and filed this report.
The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is once again offering the Tlingit-Haida Summer Youth Program for ages 14 to 21. This program, which places Native youth students in a work environment, runs until August 22 and it's not too late to apply.
The confidentiality and non-circumvention agreement between the city and borough of Wrangell and Cascade Creek, LLC went into effect June 24. The borough assembly's subcommittee had their first meeting with a Cascade Creek representative this past Saturday, during which the first pieces of confidential information were disclosed.
When the crew of the disabled cruise vessel Spirit of Glacier Bay noticed the boat was taking on water Thursday evening, the Coast Guard instructed the cruise ship to stop in Wrangell for inspection. On Friday morning, Ketchikan-based company Alaska Commercial Divers was on the scene and sent one of its divers to find out what was causing the leak.
In an effort to keep up with federal and state environmental standards, including the Clean Water Act, a wash-down pad and treatment center are being installed as part of Wrangell's travelift. This has caused the boat haul-out facility to be shut down since June 15. The new additions will prevent potential contaminants that are linked with the marine service center, like metals in boat paint, from getting into the ocean. Recently, KSTK's Lisa Phu went down to the port yard to check out the new construction. Harbor master Greg Meissner joined her and explained how everything works.
Two weeks after the Wrangell borough assembly decided to approve a confidentiality and non-circumvention agreement with private company Cascade Creek LLC, the possibility of reconsidering that decision was brought up.
The Forest Service of the Tongass National Forest has signed the decision to move forward with the second phase of the Baht timber sale on Zarembo Island, located 17 miles west of Wrangell. This phase of the sale is located in units of the forest that are currently roadless, and the sale will require the construction of just over two miles of road. This is on top of the 12 miles already proposed for the first phase of the timber sale.
Around thirty people got a running - or walking - start on Wrangell's July fourth with the Parks and Rec Fun Run. The rest of the day continued in the same fast pace with the Fourth of July parade, logging show, junior olympics, street games, fireworks, and much, much more. KSTK was there and files this audio postcard - some sounds of the fourth.
The Great Alaska Bluegrass Band, with guest artist Sean Tracey, is in Wrangell for various live performances throughout the fourth of July holiday. If you missed hearing them last night at the Nolan Center, you still have three more chances to hear them perform. The Great Alaska Bluegrass Band stopped by the KSTK studio Wednesday afternoon to play some music and talk about the band.
One of Wrangell's well-loved July Fourth events had kids and adults helmeted, strapped, and speeding down Second Avenue. The 2008 Gravity Car Race took place Tuesday night with seven participants, five homemade cars, and many, many nervous onlookers.