Author Archives: Aaron Bolton, KSTK News

Julie Decker seeks re-election to assembly

There are two candidates for two three-year terms on the Wrangell Borough Assembly in the Oct. 4 City and Borough of Wrangell regular election.

Incumbent Julie Decker and write-in candidate Patty Gilbert are running unopposed for those two seats. KSTK’s … more

Mayor Jack seeking re-election

Mayor David JackThere are two candidates for Wrangell Borough Mayor in the Oct. 4 City and Borough of Wrangell regular election. Incumbent Mayor David Jack is running against Kipha Valvoda for another two-year term. Jack talked to KSTK’s Aaron Bolton about his candidacy.

Southeast economy indicators look good despite state budget issues

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According to a Southeast Conference study, Southeast Alaska’s economy is looking really good, despite the state’s fiscal uncertainty. Several private sector industries are on the upswing as the state downsizes.

Southeast Conference Economic Development Planner Meilani Schijvens presented the … more

Native leaders call for federal involvement on transboundary mining

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A group of Alaska Native leaders said the Alaska congressional delegation’s Sept. 8 letter to the U.S. State Department on transboundary mining is not enough.

The United Tribal Transboundary Mining Group, a union of 15 federally recognized Alaska tribes, said … more

Sen. Bert Stedman and House candidate Bob Sivertsen campaign in Wrangell

Sen. Bert Stedman reacts to testimony at a 2014 Senate Labor Committee meeting. The Sitka Republican is one of 10 lawmakers running unopposed this year. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Republican Sen. Bert Stedman along with House District 36 Candidate Bob Sivertsen made a campaign stop in Wrangell this week. Stedman is running unopposed in the District R race. He said he’s been making stops across Southeast since July 25 … more

Wrangell may have solution to growing scrap metal issue


Wrangell could soon see a sustainable solution to its growing scrap metal pile at the city dump. Waste Management is working on proposals for all Southeast Alaska Regional Solid Waste Authority – or SEASWA – communities that could provide regular … more

Assembly increases cemetery fees and approves water study report


The Wrangell Borough Assembly approved increasing cemetery fees Tuesday. The fee hike is meant to keep up with the cost of services.

The cost of grave plots increased by $130 and space for cremated remains by $95. Burial services were … more

Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting 9-13-16

City and Borough of Wrangell

Borough Assembly Meeting

AGENDA September

13, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.                          Location: Assembly Chambers, City Hall


a. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE led by Assembly Member Becky Rooney

b.     INVOCATION to be given … more

Earthquake simulator educates Wrangell students


Wrangell elementary students got to experience a 7.1 magnitude earthquake Tuesday. The Alaska Division of Homeland Security is touring Southeast with its earthquake simulator, a big blue box that seats four and shakes back and forth to simulate a quake.… more

U.S.-Canada trade deal creating uncertainty in Southeast timber market

Part of the Tongass National Forest in April 2008. (Creative Commons photo by Xa’at)

The U.S. is in the midst of negotiations with Canada over an agreement on Canadian lumber imports. Many U.S. sawmill owners argue that the Canadian mills receive government subsidies on government-owned lands, making it difficult for the U.S. market to … more