Author Archives: Katarina Sostaric, KSTK News

Vandalism forces closure of Middle Ridge cabin

middle ridgeA popular Forest Service cabin near Wrangell is closed for at least two weeks because of vandalism.

Wrangell schools try new lunch program

school lunchIn response to budget cuts at the state level, the Wrangell Public School District left the National School Lunch Program earlier this year and replaced it with a cheaper, simpler “supplemental” food program.

Wrangell birders seek volunteers for Christmas Bird Count

A bald eagle in Wrangell. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)Wrangell residents will have the opportunity next month to participate in the country’s longest-running citizen science bird project.

How do you run the ferry system with less money?

The fast ferry Chenega is up on blocks for repairs and maintenance at the Ketchikan Shipyard Feb. 21, 2014. The Alaska Marine Highway, roads, airports and other transportation projects could get a funding boost under Legislation moving in the state House. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway System wants more input into in its long-term planning. It's announced what it’s calling community engagement meetings in six port cities over the next month.

USFS updates Wrangell Island Timber Sale proposal

timber mapThe U.S. Forest Service recently announced it is changing its proposal for a timber sale on Wrangell Island. The Forest Service is proposing a harvest of about 5,300 acres for 73 million board feet of mostly old growth timber.

KSTK Accepting Applications for Development Director

KSTKKSTK is accepting applications for a Development Director. The successful candidate will excel at raising revenue for KSTK through sales of sponsorship and underwriting to local, regional and statewide businesses and organizations. Interested individuals may submit a letter of interest and resume to KSTK General Manager, Cindy Sweat by email: This position is open until filled.

Wrangell boater found dead

Kenneth Trammel left on the Thalassa Nov. 5.A missing Wrangell boater was found dead Wednesday afternoon, according to a dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers.

School board responds to communication concerns

The Wrangell Public School Board announced Monday it is taking steps to respond to the concerns of teachers and parents regarding communication issues. The school board is starting a monthly “coffee with the school board” event.

Search underway for overdue Wrangell boater

Kenneth Trammel left on the Thalassa Nov. 5.Alaska State Troopers, the U.S. Coast Guard and Wrangell Search and Rescue are searching for an overdue boater in the Wrangell area. Kenneth Trammel left town Nov. 5 on the 38-foot Thalassa.

P&Z approves contract zone for WCA Transportation office

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the borough allow a tribal transportation office to be built on residential land.