Monthly Archives: September 2009

Local Child Leads by Example Despite Rare Speech Disorder

This weekend, Wrangellites will be geared up in support of a local child who has a rare disorder. Carter Hammer was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) when he was three years-old. Since then, his family had to make adjustments and receive outside help in order to accommodate his needs. The 2009 Wrangell Walk for Childhood Apraxia of Speech will take place, Saturday, at Shoemaker Park in an effort to raise awareness about Carter's disorder. KSTK's Tony Gorman was able to spend time with the Hammers to learn more about Carter and CAS and filed this report,

Canada to Invest in Northwest Transmission Line in British Columbia

Canada is officially on board with a power line in Northwest British Columbia. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced, Wednesday, from Washington, D.C., that the federal government will invest in a transmission line project that will run along Highway 37 in British Columbia. The announcement is not only a big win for BC Development proponents, but for the City and Borough of Wrangell and other supporters which has long pushed for an electrical intertie from Alaska to British Columbia. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.

'In The Now' debuts at the Klondike Road Relay

Over 1,000 runners and walkers from Alaska and Canada descended onto Skagway this past weekend to participate in the 27th Annual Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay. It's a race that stretches across 110 miles and ends in Whitehorse, Canada. KSTK's Lisa Phu journeyed to the famed event with a team from southeast and files this story.

WHS X-Country Makes Strong Statement in Metlakatla

The WHS Cross Country team's road to the regional title stopped in Metlakatla over the weekend. Both boys and girls were looking to improve on their finish from the Wrangell Invitational. Last Saturday's Metlakatla Invitational featured teams from the southern half of the Southeast region. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.

Wrangellites out in Full Force on Tax Free Day

It wasn't Christmas, but it was close enough as Wrangellites were out and about, last Saturday, trying to get the jump on the best deals possible. The day is known as Tax Free Day where shoppers can enjoy the luxury of buying goods and supplies minus the seven percent city tax. KSTK's Tony Gorman has more on one of Wrangell's biggest shopping frenzies.

New Wrangell Borough Manager Hits the Ground Running

Being a city or borough manager anywhere carries a lot of responsibilities. Tim Rooney knew that when he signed on to become the Wrangell's next borough manger last June. The former Owasso, Oklahoma, assistant city administrator had his work cut out for him when he got to work last Tuesday. KSTK's Tony Gorman has more on Rooney's first week on the job.

Mt. Edgecumbe Sweeps Lady Wolves at Home

The WHS Volleyball team will have to wait two weeks to try to get their first win of the season. The Lady Wolves were swept in their home opener by Mt. Edgecumbe over the weekend. KSTK's Tony Gorman has more.

Wrangell gets first road-accessible Forest Service cabin

A new cabin is currently being installed in the Wrangell Ranger District. Not only is it the district's first road-accessible cabin, it's also the district's first log cabin. The logs are second growth timber from the Starrigavan Valley in Sitka. KSTK's Lisa Phu caught a ride out to the Middle Ridge cabin site, talked with the building crew, and files this report.

Wrangell Assembly Buys into Southeast Regional Transmission Organization Concept

In the search to provide energy to Southeast Alaska, the Wrangell Assembly continues to look at all of its options. At this week's meeting, the Assembly approved a proposed memorandum that would allow the borough to collaborate with the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska to do business as Tlingit-Haida Energy. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.

New Wrangell Borough Manager Introduced

This week, the City and Borough of Wrangell was introduced to its new borough manager. Tim Rooney was hired over the summer after spending the better part of 17 years as the assistant city administrator of Owasso, Oklahoma. He is also a former resident of Kodiak, Alaska. As KSTK's Tony Gorman reports Rooney had a busy first day which included attending his first Wrangell Assembly meeting.