Author Archives: Katarina Sostaric, KSTK News

Wrangell’s line crew harvests town tree

town treeWrangell’s line crew harvested the town Christmas tree on a rainy Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The tree lighting ceremony is Friday.

USFS removes one cabin, adds another in Wrangell Ranger District

The U.S. Forest Service removed one cabin from the Wrangell Ranger District this year and plans to add a new one in a more popular location.

Wrangell assembly to intervene in two more timber lawsuits

big thorneThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Wednesday to intervene in two more lawsuits supporting the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.

Wrangell hospital project closes contracts, starts fresh

The City and Borough of Wrangell and the Wrangell Medical Center closed a settlement this month with a company formerly contracted to help finance a new hospital building. After the hospital project stalled in 2012 with more than a million dollars spent on contracts, city and hospital officials are hoping for a fresh start.

Salard’s jury trial set for February

The jury trial of a Wrangell doctor accused of possessing and distributing child pornography has been bumped nearly two months. Doctor Greg Salard’s defense attorney asked for delay until Feb. 23, 2015.

Garnet Grit Betties win home roller derby bout

roller derbyThe Garnet Grit Betties won their roller derby bout in Wrangell Saturday against the Petersburg Ragnarök Rollers. It was the second bout hosted in Wrangell, and there are two more home bouts on the schedule for spring.

HD36 winner Dan Ortiz chooses to caucus with minority

Dan Ortiz is the new non-affiliated state representative for Alaska House District 36. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)Southeast Alaska’s representatives in the state house know their committee assignments following the resolution of several close legislative races in the state’s general election.

Review of Red Chris Mine finds tailings dam concerns

red chris tailingsAs Southeast Alaskans become more concerned about mine development in British Columbia, a copper and gold mine in the Stikine River watershed is expected to start full operations next month. But an independent review of its tailings facility found issues with the design.

School board approves budget revision for tablets

school boardThe Wrangell Public School Board approved budget revisions Monday that would provide tablet devices for all students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Two Wrangell students take first place at DDF home meet

Students from all over Southeast Alaska were in Wrangell Friday and Saturday for a Drama, Debate and Forensics meet. Two Wrangell High School students took first place.