Monthly Archives: August 2011

Blessing ceremony held for totem poles on Chief Shakes Island

On Monday, August 29th members of the Wrangell Cooperative Association, master carvers, and Tlingit elders gathered at Chief Shakes Island to bless the totem poles before restoration work begins. KSTK’s Charlotte Duren has more on the ceremony and what's next for the project.

Tourist visits Wrangell to learn more about forefathers

Each year Wrangell is visited by tourists from all over the United States and around the world. Some come on planes, others by boat, but often with a common goal to see Southeast Alaska, its wilderness and its culture. KSTK’s Charlotte Duren recently met up with a tourist who came to Wrangell to learn a little more about her family history.

Wrangell Harbor Department plans for security upgrades

Harbor projects are in full swing, and with work in motion, the Harbor Department has a few friendly reminders for the public. KSTK’s Charlotte Duren has more on the when projects are expected to be completed as well as some of the deadlines for Wrangell boat users.

Completion nears for Evergreen Elementary School’s new playground

Students headed back to school last week in Wrangell. And with the new school year here Evergreen Elementary School students and staff are busy with a number of upcoming projects. KSTK's Charlotte Duren has more.

Local businesses look back at cruise season

As August draws to a close and cruise lines come to an end, its official Wrangell has made it through another summer tourist season. KSTK’s Charlotte Duren talked with local business owners about summer sales and what locals are saying about Wrangell’s future in tourism.

Borough Assembly reviews local projects

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a regular meeting Tuesday evening and at forefront of discussion were a number of upcoming projects, and the recognition of some local heroes. KSTK’s Charlotte Duren has more.

City preps for October elections

October elections are right around the corner, and Wrangell city officials are urging the public to get involved and ready to vote. KSTK’s Charlotte Duren has more on what board seats are opening this year and how to get involved in the process.

Wrangell Chamber of Commerce gets new director

Long time Wrangell Chamber of Commerce organizers, Tis Peterman and Haley Waddington recently stepped down from their positions, and with their exits, Wrangell welcomes new Chamber Director Tessa Appleman to the position. KSTK’s Charlotte Duren has more on new hire and upcoming events being planned by the chamber.

Adze work underway in Wrangell

Adze work is in full swing at the Wrangell Carving Shed. This past week master carvers have been offering locals the chance to learn how to craft their own tool and begin adzing training, in the hopes of developing a group of local carvers in Wrangell. KSTK’s Charlotte Duren has more on the adzing classes as well as the next stages of the Chief Shakes Tribal House restoration project.

Vandalism reported at Chief Shakes Island

The Wrangell Cooperative Association says sometime on the night of Saturday, August 13th a fire and party was held on the back side of the island and tribal house. WCA Events Coordinator Britany Lindley says the remains of a fire just 10-ft from the tribal house as well as empty beer containers were found on the island.