Monthly Archives: August 2009

Interim Wrangell District Ranger Looks to Make Impact

It's been a little over a month since Francisco Sanchez took over as Interim Wrangell District Ranger. Sanchez comes to the district after spending time in his native New Mexico, Georgia, and Petersburg. He temporarily replaces Mark Hummel, who left in June to become Deputy Supervisor for the Superior National Forest in Minnesota. KSTK's Tony Gorman had a chance to talk to Sanchez about the issues facing the Wrangell Ranger District.

Jayne Bauer talks about surviving breast cancer

In honor of the upcoming Rally for the Cure women's golf event on August 15, Wrangell resident Jayne Bauer spoke about her experience as a breast cancer survivor. KSTK's Lisa Phu brings us her story.

The Wrangell Garden Tour

Some Wrangellites saw this year's rare summer weather as an opportunity to put their green thumbs to work. This weekend, the Community Garden Project will be sponsoring the First Annual Wrangell Garden Tour. The event will feature some of the best gardens Wrangell has to offer. KSTK's Tony Gorman had a chance to speak with the tour's organizer, Alice Rooney to learn more about the event.

Air Quality in Wrangell is Okay for Now

Forest fires in Alaska and Canada have been responsible for the recent smoke and hazy conditions throughout the state. KSTK's Tony Gorman takes a look at the conditions' effects on Wrangell.

Trident Seafoods begins operation in Wrangell

After a few months of uncertainty, Wrangell officially became the newest home for Trident Seafoods in mid-April, bringing Trident's total number of plants in the state to 13. Trident took over the fish processing plant formerly owned by Wrangell Seafoods, Inc. Since then, Trident's been busy making upgrades to the plant and, as of the end of July, processing fish. KSTK's Lisa Phu spoke with the new plant manager of Trident in Wrangell, and files this report.

Wrangellites Look for a Recreational Plan for the Ranger District

For years, the Tongass National Forest has been one of the biggest attractions in Southeast Alaska. Some local residents are looking to bring more visitors to the area by improving its recreational activities. Last week, Wrangellites gathered at the Saint Philip's Episcopal Church Meeting Hall to discuss ways to develop a long-term recreational and economic development plan for the Wrangell Ranger District. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.

Forest Service Contains Small Fire South of Wrangell

A small brush cutting job leads to a small forest fire south of Wrangell. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.

TBPA wants to halt disagreements on energy

Despite competing FERC permit applications for Ruth Lake as well as some other disagreements regarding energy in the region, Wrangell and Petersburg may soon be working toward the same goals once again. At last week's commission board meeting of Thomas Bay Power Authority, the commissioners decided to take the leadership role in finding common ground between the two communities on power development. KSTK's Lisa Phu reports.

2009 Fish Camp

Last month, a group of young Wrangellites wrapped up the First Annual Fish Camp. The group took a trip up the Stikine River where they learned how to catch and prepare smoked fish. The trip was funded through a traditional foods grant from the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Local SEARHC Health Advocate Tammi Meissner recently talked with KSTK's Tony Gorman about the experience.

Alaska Fish and Game Predicts Strong Pink Run

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting that this year's pink salmon run will fare better than last year. While Alaska Fish and Game is gearing up for pinks, sockeyes have improved after a slow start. KSTK's Tony Gorman has more.