Monthly Archives: January 2013

Ferry system gets new boss, management structure

A marine highway staffer watches as passengers and dogs reboard the ferry Matanuska before departing Wrangell Jan. 16, 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Juneau’s Reuben Yost is the new chief of the state ferry system. But he’ll spend only about half his time on that job.

GCI ship to repair earthquake-damaged fiber optic cables

Wave Venture outside of Wrangell - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver, KSTKSaturday’s earthquake caused a rare failure along the fiber optic cables that supply Wrangell with its television, telephone, and Internet service. GCI cable repair ship, Wave Venture, is in town to fix the damaged cables and restore full services.

High school civics class Skypes political experts

High school civics class Skypes with David WalkerA Wrangell civics teacher and her class are taking a new approach to education. They are meeting and greeting top political experts across the country without ever leaving their classroom. Tuesday they spoke via Skype with former comptroller general David Walker about America’s debt crisis.

Wilson: Endow road, ferry, airport, harbor projects

Wrangell Rep. Peggy Wilson poses at her Capitol office at the start of this year's legislative session. Her district includes Ketchikan and parts of Prince of Wales Island. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska.Southeast Representative Peggy Wilson will try to change the way transportation projects are funded this session. The Wrangell Republican also wants to come up with a system to improve rural hospitals.

Assembly approves marine hoist, road and utility repairs

Tuesday evening's Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting was smooth and efficient as Assembly members unanimously approved every proposal on the agenda.

01-08-13 Borough Assembly Meeting

Listen to the audio from Jan. 8, 2013 Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting and read the agenda.

Resignation reaction: Sad, but we’ll move on

Ferry Chief Mike Neussl helps celebrate the resumption of Sitka-Angoon service at the Baranof Island city's terminal in May, 2012.Southeast leaders were surprised by Captain Mike Neussl’s announcement that he would resign from his job as marine highways chief. But some say it won’t hurt the ferry system in the long term.