Author Archives: Aaron Bolton, KSTK News

Three Wrangell artists bring home ribbons in state fair competition

Terree Pino and Anny Newport's artwork on display at Angerman's (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Three Wrangell artists took home awards in the Southeast Alaska State Fair this summer. Anny Newport, Charity Hommel and Terree Pino’s entries are now back in town and are hanging in Angerman’s front window downtown.

Terree Pino and Anny Newport’s


Potential Wrangell pot business applies for licenses


The Wrangell Assembly passed a zoning ordinance last week that made way for marijuana businesses in Wrangell. Now, Wrangell’s only proposed pot business, Happy Cannabis, is initiating its applications with the state, beginning the final push for construction to be … more

U.S. Senate Candidates Debate Fish

On October 10 in Kodiak, candidates for U.S. Senate took to the stage for Kodiak’s biennial fish debate. They tackled issues important to fisheries across the state such as discharge rules, Alaska's aging fishing crews and transboundary Canadian mines. Candidates had chances to ask questions of each other and comment on their favorite seafood as well.

Dan Ortiz calls for Republican candidate Bob Sivertsen to denounce “dark money”

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House District 36 incumbent Dan Ortiz called for Republican candidate Bob Sivertsen to denounce so-called “dark money” in this year’s campaign on Monday.

He was referring to the independent expenditure group known as Southeast Voters for Bob Sivertsen, which has … more

Wrangell Chamber brings home chamber of the year award


The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce brought home the local chamber of the year award last week. The Alaska Chamber of Commerce awarded Wrangell Executive Director, Cyni Crary, the honor at its annual fall forum in Kenai.

Cyni Crary holding the


House District 36 Forum

Flag of AlaskaKSTK will host a town hall forum with House District 36 candidates, Dan Oritz and Bob Sivertsen. This is your opportunity to ask questions of the candidates in person. Wednesday, October 26th, 6:30 pm in Assembly Chambers at Wrangell City Hall. If you can't attend in person, please submit your questions for the candidates to or drop them in the regular mail at P.O. Box 1141 in Wrangell. Everyone is encouraged to attend and ask questions of our candidates.

School board gets first look at new bus and defers ANSEP MOU

Greg McCormick shows school board member safety features. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Greg McCormick shows school board member safety features. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Wrangell’s school board took a look at a new school bus during its meeting Monday. The bus replaces an older model that’s now retired.

Part owner of Etolin … more

Tlingit Haida benefit fair stops in Wrangell


The Tlingit Haida Central Council held a community fair in Wrangell Saturday. The event gave tribal members a chance to get info on programs and to get new enhanced tribal IDs.

Savaannah Smith, Laura Helgeson and Jade Balansag being honored


U.S. producers push for tariffs on Canadian timber

A fire left its mark on this Tongass National Forest tree trunk, as seen in 2008. (Creative Commons photo by Xa’at)

The deadline to strike a deal on Canadian softwood lumber imports into the U.S. came and went Wednesday. The past agreement controlled Canadian lumber import prices which allowed Alaskan lumber to compete in the market. The U.S. Lumber Coalition said … more

SEARHC acquires Wrangell based AICS


The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announced Wednesday that it would be acquiring Wrangell based Alaska Island Community Services.

AICS CEO Mark Walker said the Wrangell operation will retain its name and continue operating out of its existing locations.

“All … more