Wrangell's public health center is holding an H1N1 vaccine walk-in clinic today and Friday afternoon. While the center is happy to be able to offer the vaccine to several priority groups at the same time, distribution of the vaccine was a lot slower starting out. KSTK's Lisa Phu reports.
Bob Dalrymple is happy to be back in Southeast Alaska. Last month, Wrangell's new district ranger was hired to permanently taker over the position. Prior to coming to Wrangell, Dalrymple spent two decades in Southeast Alaska. His most recent stop was San Juan National Forest in his native Colorado. Dalrymple takes over for Francisco Sanchez, who was hired over the summer on an interim basis after Mark Hummel left for a position at Superior National Forest in Minnesota. KSTK's Tony Gorman recently caught up with Dalrymple to discuss his plans for the Wrangell Ranger District.
The road to re-election for an Alaska State Representative almost begins as soon as it ends. Every other year, every representative vying to keep his or her spot must hit the campaign trail a year in advance to get the jump on the competition. Southeast Representative Peggy Wilson is no different. The Wrangell Republican was the first to file for candidacy for next year's election. So far, Sitka Democrat and Assembly Member Reber Stein and Petersburg Republican and business owner Steve Samuelson have announced that they will run against Wilson, but have yet to file with the Alaska Division of Elections. KSTK's Tony Gorman had a chance to sit down with Wilson to discuss why she is running for a sixth consecutive term and her plans for the district if she is re-elected.
Subsistence fishing and the Alaska Ferry System have been hot topics in Southeast Alaska in recent weeks. Earlier this year, Southeast Senator and Sealaska Corporation Board President Albert Kookesh was one of three fishermen cited for overfishing their subsistence limits. Later, Kookesh and the other fishermen pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Angoon Democrat didn't stop there. He took his case to the recent Alaska Federation of Natives Conference in Anchorage and won overwhelming support. So much support, that the AFN created a War Chest Fund of $100,000 dollars in an effort to push for changes in subsistence management and enforcement. In the final segment of this three-part interview with KSTK's Tony Gorman, Senator Bert Stedman shares his thoughts about the subsistence situation as well as improving the Alaska Ferry System.
The WHS Volleyball team recently wrapped up its season at last weekend's Region V Tournament at Mt. Edgecumbe. The Lady Wolves competed in three matches before they were eliminated in the second round of the loser's bracket. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.
The City of Angoon has been riding high for the past several months. Earlier this year, the municipality was able to beat out Wrangell and Petersburg in a random drawing to have the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission look at its application for a preliminary permit to study and develop hydropower at Ruth Lake. Last week, Angoon scored another victory when it was awarded the permit. The decision hasn't come without controversy. Petersburg announced, earlier this week, that it will appeal the decision. In the second part of an interview with KSTK's Tony Gorman, Senator Bert Stedman discusses what the decision means for Southeast Alaska.
With the legislative session months away, Senator Bert Stedman has been making his rounds throughout his district to get better idea of what projects he needs to bring to the forefront of the Senate. The Sitka Republican recently paid a visit to Wrangell to take a look at some of the borough's priorities for the next fiscal year and to discuss other issues within the district. In the first part of an interview with KSTK's Tony Gorman, Stedman talks about those priorities that were presented to him at a recent breakfast with the Wrangell Assembly and other local leaders and the possibility of an AK-BC Intertie.
Around 50 Wrangell residents gathered at the American Legion to honor past and present members of the military and their families during a Veterans' Day dinner Wednesday night. KSTK's Lisa Phu was at the Legion. She spoke with a few of Wrangell's veterans and found out what Veterans' Day means to some of them.
The WHS Wrestling team was on center stage as they took the mat in the Ninth Annual Tom Sims Invitational. Despite not winning one championship in their only home meet of the season, the team was able to put on a strong showing. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.
Last Thursday night, the Wrangell High School Drama, Debate, and Forensics team entertained a Wrangell audience with various performances that ranged from dramatic and solo interpretations to humorous due acts to pantomime. Led by coach Mike Symons, the students sampled well known works, like Peter Pan and poem by Robert Service, contemporary writers like David Sedaris, as well as their own work. KSTK's Lisa Phu attended the DDF night of dinner theater at the Elks and files this audio postcard.