Author Archives: Aaron Bolton, KSTK News

Seven Southeast schools, plus Kodiak, partner with SERRC to meet Native cultural standards

Wrangell High School. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

The Alaska Department of Education created Alaska Native cultural standards in 2012. The five standards aim to guide school districts across the state towards culturally-responsive teaching. Seven Southeast school districts, plus Kodiak, are partnering with the Southeast Regional Resource Center … more

Watershed Coalition tracks salmon stream temp trends

Scott Harris downloads stream temperature data from a logger placed in Salmon Lake Creek on Baranof Island (courtesy of Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition)

The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition plans to record the temperature of salmon streams across Southeast Alaska over the next two years. The project aims to collect the data to measure climate change’s affect on Alaska’s most prominent fish.

Salmon … more

Republican candidate for District 36 Bob Sivertsen makes campaign stop in Wrangell

Bob Sivertsen

Republican candidate for House District 36 Bob Sivertsen made a campaign stop in Wrangell this week to meet with residents.

Sivertsen is the only Republican running against incumbent Dan Ortiz, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. While in different … more

New Wrangell Principal, William Schwan, sets goals and is ready for the new school year

Wrangell Secondary School Principal William Schwan. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

With the new school year about two weeks away, students aren’t the only ones anxious about classes beginning. New Secondary School Principal, William Schwan, said he’s ready to get over the hump of being the new guy.

“That’s always an … more

Wrangell artist’s painting wins Southeast Alaska State Fair competition, moves on to Palmer

Terree Pino Painting

Wrangell will be represented at this year’s Alaska State Fair in Palmer. Local artist, Terree Pino, was named the grand champion in the oil painting division at the Southeast Alaska State Fair.

Pino’s painting will move on to compete with … more

Precautionary Water Advisory Lifted

manholecoverAfter reviewing the City of Wrangell's recent sewer main break with EPA’s compliance division, Wrangell is not required to perform ambient water quality monitoring. EPA recognizes the high level of flushing that occurs in our wastewater discharge basin, as identified by the high effluent standards set for Wrangell’s primary wastewater treatment facility. The earlier-issued precautionary recreational water advisory has now been lifted.

Southeast Alaska Native cultural leader, Marge Byrd, dies at 81

Marge Byrd1

The Southeast Alaska Native community is mourning the loss of a cultural leader. Marge Byrd, 81, died on July 24. Services were held at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church Saturday.

Byrd was deeply involved in Wrangell’s Native community. Long-time friend, Tis … more

EPA won’t take immediate action as tides wash away 20,000 gallons of raw sewage

sewage mainline being fixed

A sewer mainline broke early Monday morning near Zimovia Highway in Wrangell, allowing about 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into the inner harbor.

The break happened near the Zimovia Highway and Case Avenue intersection. Public Works Director, Amber Al-Haddad, said … more

Sewer mainline breaks, allowing 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into harbor

Sewage mainline being fixed. (Courtesy of Wrangell Public Works department.)

A sewer mainline broke early Monday morning near Zimovia Highway, allowing  about 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into Wrangell’s inner harbor.

The break happened near the Zimovia Highway and Case Avenue intersection. The Public Works department was notified around 6:30 … more

Wrangell school offers Tlingit language and culture in classroom

Wrangell High School. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Wrangell high school and middle school students will be offered a new language and cultural class this coming school year. Students will be able to learn Tlingit, a language and culture belonging to one of Southeast Alaska’s predominant Native tribes.… more