Monthly Archives: December 2012

Regional round-up: Elections, ferries, power

New Southeast election district boundaries contributed to three incumbent lawmakers' losses in 2012. The Alaska Supreme Court  just threw out the redistricting plan.Redistricting and elections knocked several longtime Southeast politicians out of office this year.

Local birders prepare for the Count

Eurasian Collared-Dove. Photo by Stephen Parsons.

Eurasian Collared-Dove. Photo by Stephen Parsons.

For some, Christmas is a time to count your blessings — and to count your birds. The Wrangell community is once again participating in the Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count. The nationwide bird … more

Evergreen Street improvement project funding may be delayed

The Evergreen Road Improvement project may be delayed by a few more years because of a lack of funding. The project was aimed at solving the street’s structural problems from the ferry terminal to the airport and would have added … more

Chief Shakes Renovation Update

The interior of the newly rebuilt Chief Shakes Tribal House with two of the re-painted lanterns that were carved in the 1940s. Photo by Renee Claggett.The renovation of Chief Shakes Tribal House was completed last week and a small gathering held an open house that celebrated the end of the yearlong rebuilding of the historic and culturally significant cedar structure near downtown Wrangell.

AICS grant explores alcohol usage among local teens, adults

Alaska Island Community Services and the Petersburg Mental Health Trust recently completed a grant that surveyed local teens and adults about their alcohol usage. They learned how teens gain access to alcohol and when adults think enough is enough. KSTK’s … more

New WMC Interim CEO has extensive experience, starts off position by listening

Marla Sanger

The Wrangell Medical Center administrative department has experienced extensive change over the past six months but their current interim administrator has committed to work with the community for at least the next year.

Marla Sanger arrived in Wrangell about a … more

Waves and wind almost sink troller west of Wrangell

A troller with two people on board almost sank about 30 miles west of Wrangell Wednesday night.

Borough Assembly plans for future projects

The Borough Assembly met Tuesday night to discuss capital project funding and other administrative topics. They unanimously passed the Capital Improvement Projects list that was discussed during last week’s work session and will submit it to the State Legislature to … more

Sales tax ballot initiative already impacting budget process

An initiative to reduce the sales tax from 7 percent down to 5.5 percent will go on the October 2013 ballot. Petition sponsors Ernie and Rhonda Christian gathered the required 94 signatures within the 90-day limit.  Though citizens have ten … more

KSTK remembers Dawn Hutchinson

We’re sad to report that former KSTK-FM Program Director Dawn Hutchinson-Stevens died Wednesday. She was a longtime host and programmer whose voice was well-known in Wrangell and throughout the public radio community in Southeast Alaska.