Monthly Archives: March 2010

Health Fair Week: Wrangell Parks and Recreation reamains a fixture at Wrangell Health Fair

Wrangell Parks and Recreation will be making another appearance at the Wrangell Health Fair. The organization responsible for some of the community's exercise and fitness activities has used past fairs as a platform to promote its own events. KSTK's Tony Gorman spoke with Parks and Rec Activities Coordinator Vicki Martin about some of the activities and events that patrons can sign up for at the fair.

Wrangellites split over new garbage system

Wrangell is cleaning up its act after installing a new garbage system. Last month, the borough replaced its old garbage truck with faster smaller ones and its metal cans and dumpsters with lighter models. It seemed to be going well until Mother Nature stepped in. KSTK's Tony Gorman has more.

Health Fair Week: WISH makes its Health Fair debut

Women In Safe Homes was started as a local domestic violence service in Ketchikan and eventually made its way through the region. Last year, WISH received a grant that allowed it to hire rural advocates within Southeast communities. The program's popularity has since grown in Wrangell. This year, WISH will be participating in its first Wrangell Health Fair. KSTK's Tony Gorman recently spoke with local WISH Rural Advocate for Annya Ritchie about the her program's contributions to this year's event.

Health Fair Week: Low-cost testing remains a fixture at Wrangell Health Fair

This week is Health Fair Week in Wrangell. Throughout the week leading up to the event, KSTK will be airing interviews of some of this year's Wrangell Health Fair participants. In the first of five interviews, KSTK's Tony Gorman speaks with Doug Furstineau of Wrangell Medical Center Labs about the types of testing that will be offered at the fair.

Wrangell Assembly discusses Landless and Sealaska Lands Seelction Bills

This week, the Wrangell Assembly took up two controversial issues affecting Southeast Alaska. Members of the Wrangell Cooperative Association sought the panel's support for Landless Native legislation. There was also a small discussion of the Sealaska Lands Selection Bill. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.

Wrangell School Board and Assembly get together over school district issues

Last week, the Wrangell School Board and the Wrangell Assembly held a workshop to discuss issues concerning the Wrangell School District. Among the topics discussed were the progress of the district and the existing problems with the Evergreen Evergreen School playground. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.

WCA gets ownership of Chief Shakes Bridge

The Wrangell Cooperative Association has acquired an important piece of the puzzle in its quest to renovate Chief Shakes Island and Tribal House. The Wrangell Assembly transferred the borough's half of the island's bridge to the WCA as part of a memorandum of understanding. KSTK's Tony Gorman has more.

Bridge repairs are underway within the Wrangell Ranger District

Bridges within the Wrangell Ranger District have been getting a makeover of sorts for the past couple of weeks. As KSTK's Tony Gorman reports, the project wouldn't be possible without funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Renowned Alaska author and adventurer shares experiences with Wrangell

Last month, one of Alaska's most accomplished author and travelers share some of his experiences with Wrangell. Nick Jans always wanted to go Alaska for the experience and its wonderful attributes. As the son of a diplomat, he had only spent one year in the states before entering junior high school. Jans jumped at the opportunity to go Alaska after he graduated from college. He stared his Alaska experience by working for a big game guide and managing a trading post before miving to Ambler to teach English to Eskimo children. He lasted 25 years in Ambler before moving to Juneau. His works have been featured in numerous magazines and his books have been nationally recognized. KSTK's Tony Gorman had a chance to sit down with him to talk about his latest book that he presented in Wrangell.

2010 Census hits Wrangell

The 2010 Census has finally reached Wrangell. The Census kicked off earlier this year in the tiny Inupiaq town of Noorvik. Since then, it has made its way down the state and eventually it will make its way back to the Lower 48. The Southeast, along with the rest of the state, will be paying close attention. With the population declining over the last decade, the region is on the verge of losing representation in the Alaska Legislature and funding for certain projects. KSTK's Tony Gorman had a chance to talk to Census Bureau Specialist Laverne Lamoureux and local representative Dave Wilson about the importance of the Census and its process.