Monthly Archives: July 2012

Borough hatchery resolution not so straight forward

On the agenda for Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled Borough Assembly meeting is a joint resolution with the Petersburg City Council supporting the development of more fish hatcheries in the region. Mayor Jeremy Maxand helped write the resolution along with members … more

Singing Sitka spruce – Wrangell’s music wood

Wrangell’s milling industry is taking a new turn toward niche markets. Ron Franz of Whale Bay Woods is cutting and selling music wood for instrument makers around the world. He spoke with KSTK’s Anne Hillman about what makes Wrangell’s Sitka … more

Downtown streets improvement project on schedule

New retro-style lamposts on Front Street near the on-going construction

The Wrangell downtown road and utility improvement project is on schedule for completion. During Thursday’s progress meeting Department of Transportation project engineer Eric Voorhees said that if the weather stays nice, they will finish on time.

In the past month … more

Community members petitioning to lower sales tax

A group of Wrangell residents is trying to lower the city’s sales tax from 7 percent down to 5.5 percent. Ernie Christian is the primary sponsor of the proposed ballot measure. He said lowering the sales tax would put more … more

Hand, foot and mouth disease spreading through community

Local clinicians in Wrangell are seeing a large number of children who are infected with the common childhood illness hand, foot, and mouth disease. The viral sickness primarily affects infants and children under five. It starts with a fever and … more

Southeast salmon runs mostly smaller than expected

Local gillnet fishermen are in the midst of a 48-hour opening that started mid-day on Sunday and ends on Tuesday. Currently the fleet is focused on sockeye salmon. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Troy Thynes says … more

Tribal House re-dedication committee seeking help

While construction crews continue to work on the restoration of the Shakes Island Tribal House, community members are already planning for the re-dedication ceremony that will take place on May 3 and 4, 2013. Re-dedication committee co-chair Jessica Whitaker said … more

Shakes Tribal House, carving facility receive more funding

Renovations are moving forward on the Chief Shakes Island Tribal House. The foundation of the newly renovated building is complete, construction crews are raising the walls, and adzers are diligently preparing the wood. The project was recently helped along by … more

Borough sues former hospital CEO, six recalled board members (Updated)

The Borough of Wrangell has filed suit against former Wrangell Medical Center CEO Noel Selle-Rae and six of the recalled medical center board members. It is seeking the repayment of the more than $520,000 given to Selle-Rae as a severance … more

Ravens wreak havoc on golf course

Ravens ripped up the fairways at Muskeg Meadows

Ravens ripped up the fairways at Muskeg Meadows

Golfers aren’t the only ones hitting the links in Wrangell. They’re joined by an
unkindness of ravens, who are causing more trouble than just making divots.
KSTK’s Anne Hillman toured the Muskeg … more