Author Archives: Aaron Bolton, KSTK News

Southeast weather’s timing just right for a good berry season

Freshly picked salmon berries. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

If you’re a berry picker in Southeast, you may have noticed it’s been a particularly good season for salmon berries and other berry varieties. Warm weather has been arriving at just the right time to provide a plentiful harvest.

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Path to Prosperity finalist hopes to provide Wrangell fresh produce

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Wrangell could soon be part of the farm-to-table trend. Wrangell resident, Dixie Booker, is a finalist in Sealaska’s Path to Prosperity, a contest for entrepreneurs to get their businesses of the ground. Booker hopes to supply Wrangell with fresh produce.… more

Wrangell Water Crisis Update for Monday, July 25, 2016

rainThanks to conservation efforts, Wrangell's water situation is much better today. The treatment plant has caught up and the water tank is nearly full at 31.6 feet. The tank holds a maximum capacity of 33 feet. Water conservation is still needed. We can go backwards very quickly. The City of Wrangell reminds everyone to continue water conservation while the local fish processors are in their peak season.

Wrangell’s water shortage causes borough to declare local disaster

Sand filter at Wrangell water plant. (KSTK News, Aaron Bolton)Wrangell is in a water crisis. Between two fish processors and the public, demand is exceeding the water treatment system’s ability to produce clean water. The assembly and borough manager declared a local emergency disaster Tuesday and are asking the public to cut water consumption 30 to 50 percent.

Wrangell’s Assembly address timber sale concerns

Wrangell Timber DEIS

Wrangell’s assembly is supporting a potential 5,000-acre timber sale on the island. But, in a letter released Monday to the Forest Service, the assembly says it has concerns about how the sale will benefit the community.

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Wrangell’s water plant strained by demand

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Wrangell is experiencing a water shortage. The borough posted on a community Facebook page this week asking residents and businesses to conserve.

Water was shut off to all harbor facilities last week and the community pool schedule has been tentative. … more

Admiralty plane crash survivor’s recovery moves forward

Morgan Enright as pictured on Caring Bridge website.The lone survivor of a plane crash in Southeast Alaska is moving forward in her recovery. Morgan Enright of Ketchikan continues to improve, according to her Caring Bridge website. Posts describe her using a walker and briefly walking on her own earlier this month.

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New boarding school stirs bad memories for one family

Jim LaBelle and his granddaughter Lilani. (courtesy of Marleah LaBelle)Wrangell’s School Board, Borough Assembly and tribal government have all shown support for building a 400-bed boarding school on the former Wrangell Institute property in Southeast Alaska. For one family, the project is stirring up bad memories of the Institute, an earlier boarding school with a history of abusing students.