Monthly Archives: June 2010

Meet WMC's new physical therapist

Wrangell Medical Center's newest employee is looking to carry on the work for his predecessor. Korre Pieper came to WMC in February to do fill-in work for then-physical therapist Dr. Ron Chadwick. He signed on full-time when Chadwick left in May for a job in Oregon. KSTK's Tony Gorman went over to WMC to talk about his experiences before coming to Wrangell and his goals for his new job.

Alaska Crossings celebrates Tenth Anniversary

Alaska Island Community Services' Alaska Crossings has been helping teens for ten years now. The program takes troubled teens into the wilderness and try to set them on the right path. Former guides and children from the program will gather this weekend to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Crossings Director Steve Prysunka and Program Director Lucy Robinson stopped by KSTK to talk with Tony Gorman about the growth of the program and what the celebration means to them.

Gov. Parnell signs House Bill 273 in Wrangell

Governor Sean Parnell made a stop through Wrangell on swing through Southeast Alaska. During his visit, Parnell signed House Bill 273 which transferred state land to the Wrangell and Haines Boroughs. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.

New AICS Pharmacy nears completion

Alaska Island Community Services has been putting the finishing touches on its new pharmacy. The non-profit organization has spent a year renovating their administrative and behavioral health building to make room for the facility. KSTK's Tony Gorman has more.

Wrangell Assembly shows interest in electric cars

Electric cars could be in Wrangell's future. This week, the Wrangell Assembly voted to apply for a grant that could bring a feasibility study for constructing a local electric car station. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.

Bond issue for playground repairs is back in voters' hands

Once again, the fate of the aging Evergreen Elementary School playground will be up to the voters. The Wrangell Assembly voted unanimously to put a bond issue that will help repair the playground on the ballot for this year's Borough Election. Last year, the issue failed by a narrow margin. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.

Wrangell Assembly adopts Comprehensive Plan

The City and Borough of Wrangell has a comprehensive plan. The Wrangell Assembly voted unanimously to adopt the plan during this week's meeting. The plan maps out the use of borough lands for the next 10-20 years. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports.

Wrangell Ranger District shows off Middle Ridge Cabin

Locals don't need a boat or plane anymore to enjoy a cabin in the Wrangell Ranger District. An open house and dedication ceremony was held over the weekend for the new Middle Ridge Cabin. It's the District's first road-accessible cabin and the second in the Tongass National Forest built from second growth timber. KSTK's Tony Gorman was at the ceremony and filed this report.

Chief Shakes Tribal House Renovation and Carving Shed Project gets funding

The money is rolling in for the Chief Shakes Tribal House Renovation and Carving Shed Project. This month, the Wrangell Carving Shed Committee secured funding from the state and the Alaska Historical Commission. KSTK's Tony Gorman has more.

Superintendent Wilson discusses plans after 2010-11

Woody Wilson says accepting challenges is one of the reasons for his success as superintendent of the Wrangell School District. He will have to look for more now that he has a lot of time on his hands. The Wrangell School Board accepted his resignation during this week's meeting. In his letter to the board, he says he was blessed to have been able to work with students, teachers, staff, and Board, and the community of Wrangell. KSTK's Tony Gorman was able to catch up with Wilson to see what's next for the long-time educator.