Monthly Archives: July 2009

Trailer Fire Kills Two

A mobile home on the Panhandle claimed two lives. The incident is currently under investigation by the Alaska State Fire Marshal Office. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.

Property Owners Voice Concerns over Downtown Revitalization Project

The Downtown Revitalization Project continues to draw heat from local business and land owners following the display of the latest designs. This week, the 35 percent completion drawings from Anchorage-based engineering firm were display at City Hall. As KSTK's Tony Gorman reports, the designs were not the only things that were laid out at this week's Wrangell Assembly meeting.

In Wrangell, Tuesdays mean organic

Wrangell resident, raw foodist, and organic foods seller Dan Trail is full of produce trivia -- kiwis can be golden yellow inside, daikan can be grated up and used as a rice substitute, and mustard greens have a bit that tastes like wasabi. KSTK's Lisa Phu recently visited Trail and found out how a man who once ate mostly canned food went to being nicknamed 'Organic Dan.'

Playground Upgrades Goes on Ballot

The Wrangell School District is looking to make recess more fun for Evergreen Elementary School students by making upgrades to the playground area. As KSTK's Tony Gorman reports the District is going have to wait for the outcome of the upcoming local election to see if the Wrangell Borough will pick up a part of the bill to cover costs.

Wrangell Turns the Heat Up on Ruth Lake Permit Bid

Wrangell is looking to turn things up a notch following the latest twist in the race for Ruth Lake. At this week's meeting, the Wrangell Assembly discussed ways to persuade the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that the borough deserves a preliminary permit to study hyrdo power at Ruth Lake. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.

Wrangell has plans for an Alaska-Canada Energy Coalition

The Wrangell Energy Committee plans on spearheading the formation of an Alaska-Canada Energy Coalition. Modeled after the Canada-based Highway 37 Powerline Coalition, which Wrangell recently joined, this new coalition will push building an intertie between Tyee and Bob Quinn Lake in British Columbia. KSTK's Lisa Phu reports.

Virginia Oliver is Wrangell's newest SEARHC employee

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC, has recently added a new full time position in Wrangell. Wrangell resident Virginia Oliver is SEARHC's new referral care coordinator. This post adds needed SEARHC representation in Wrangell, a community that does not have any Native medical facilities.

Community garden gets instant funding from 'Steps'

Many who were at Tuesday night's meeting on establishing a community garden in Wrangell thought they were in for a brainstorming session. Little did they know that they were involving themselves in a project that's already been allocated some funding. A community garden in Wrangell may be a closer reality than most had anticipated. KSTK's Lisa Phu attended the community garden meeting and has this story.

Landfill cover project stalls

A grassy knoll where the over 40-year-old dump now stands is still a ways away according to Wrangell's Public Works director. Even though the landfill has been completely full since March, the project to cover it has stalled due to lack of funding. KSTK's Lisa Phu reports.

Healthy Wrangell Coalition put efforts toward community garden

The Healthy Wrangell Coalition celebrated their one-year anniversary back in February. The Coalition, which is a group of organizations and individuals concerned with making Wrangell a healthy community, is responsible for such programs as Wrangell in Motion, the Healthy Wrangell speaker series, and Workout Wednesdays. Now, along with SEARHC and SEARHC's Community Health Advocate, Tammi Meissner, the Healthy Wrangell Coalition is working on establishing a community garden. KSTK's Lisa Phu has the story.