Author Archives: Aaron Bolton, KSTK News

Anan’s bears show up for visitor’s last chance at a free visit.

Anan trail head plan. Courtesy of the U.S. Forest ServiceVisitors at the Anan Wildlife Observatory hoping to get a free look at bears before permits are required are getting their wish as bear activity picks up a little faster than usual. The observatory is about 30 miles south of Wrangell on the mainland. The Wrangell Ranger district maintains that facility, and it’s beginning work this year that will keep those visitors safe.

Wrangell Borough Assembly takes small step towards ANSEP boarding school.

City-HallWrangell’s Borough Assembly took a small step towards a potential 400-bed boarding school in Wrangell June 28. The assembly also made changes to borough employee’s health care premiums. The assembly passed a resolution in support of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program – or ANSEP, an accelerated learning program based on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.

Wrangell public and assembly get closer look at possible timber sale.

timber mapWrangell’s Ranger District held two public meetings this week allowing the public and Wrangell’s Borough Assembly to get a better look at a potential 5,000 acre timber sale on Wrangell Island.

Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting 6-29-16

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City and Borough of Wrangell

Borough Assembly Meeting

AGENDA

June 28, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.                                           Location: Assembly Chambers, City Hall

1. CALL TO ORDER

a. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE led by Assembly Member Julie Decker

b. INVOCATION to be … more

Wrangell Borough Assembly approves 2017 budget.

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Wrangell’s Borough Assembly held a public workshop and special meeting June 27 to approve the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The borough’s health insurance rate’s decreased 18 percent since the draft budget was released in May. That decrease allowed … more

Wrangell’s water gets a mostly clean bill of health.

Sand filter at Wrangell water plant. (KSTK News, Aaron Bolton)Wrangell’s water system received a mostly clean bill of health Tuesday. According to a water quality report for 2015, what’s coming out of Wrangell’s taps had high levels of chlorine byproducts, but new equipment could change that.

Wrangell Cooperative Association launches Native housing assessment.

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The Wrangell Cooperative Association launched a survey Tuesday in hopes of discovering local Native housing issues. The tribe hopes to use the survey’s results to pursue funding for housing projects.

Tribal Administrator for the Wrangell Cooperative Association, Aaron Angerman, says … more

First time participant wins Wrangell’s salmon derby.

malia salmonMany people fish for a lifetime in hopes of winning Wrangell’s King Salmon Derby, but it only took this year’s 24 year old winner one year to reach to top of the podium. Malia McIntyre officially won Wrangell’s derby at the awards ceremony June 16. She says she was never really interested in the derby. It was her husband who convinced her to enter, and she said she's glad she did.

Rainforest Islands Ferry service can’t afford latest breakdown.

ferryA small Southeast ferry service’s future is uncertain once again. The Rainforest Islands Ferry service, which has been plagued with setbacks, can’t afford to repair the service’s latest breakdown.

Design firm seeks public comment on final Wrangell Institute property.

The final design proposal for the former Wrangell Institute property.Chris Mertl is a landscape architect for Corvus Design, the firm leading the project. Mertl and his team presented three potential designs June 13. The public voted and commented on those designs and voting resulted in a three-way tie. Those designs were consolidated into one final proposal.