Author Archives: Aaron Bolton, KSTK News

Rent a cabin on Zarembo?

Courtesy of the Forest Service

Wrangell residents will soon be able to enjoy the only recreation cabin on Zarembo Island. The Wrangell Ranger District is opening up a former administrative cabin in the next few weeks.

David Rak of the Wrangell district said the Forest … more

Wrangell’s kids get a lesson on formline

Ron Fairbanks teaching kids how to paint formline. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

The Alaska Native Sisterhood Association – or ANSA – wrapped a three-day Native art class for Wrangell’s kids Aug. 3. About 20 kids gathered to be taught the traditional art form known as formline.

Formline is the art of the … more

Zarembo Island geological exploration continues another year

Zarembo Island on Google Maps.

A geological-exploration company based in Wrangell will be taking surface samples on Zarembo Island for the next year. Zarembo Minerals has been exploring the northwest portion of the island for the past 10 years.

Owner, Mark Robinson, said the samples … more

Objections to Tongass Forest Plan amendment start rolling in

A Tongass National Forest clearcut is shown in this 2014 aerial view. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

The U.S. Forest Service announced its plan for a 16-year transition toward young-growth Tongass timber harvests in late June. In the midst of the 60-day comment period, industry and environmental groups are starting to submit their objections.

Both the industry … more

Rep. Dan Ortiz stops in Wrangell for Bearfest

dan ortiz

District 36 Representative Dan Ortiz stopped in Wrangell last weekend for Bearfest to meet with constituents. The rookie legislator is up for reelection in November and said Wrangell residents have expressed concern over the $3.5 billion state budget deficit, the more

Fisherman found dead on boat near Wrangell

Charles Richards (photo via Facebook)

A crew member on a fishing vessel west of Wrangell Island was found dead Saturday morning. Wrangell Search and Rescue responded to the scene after the Coast Guard was notified around 5:47 am Saturday.

Charles Richards of Seattle was on … more

UFA launches salmon habitat program


United Fisherman of Alaska is launching a new salmon habitat program aimed at engaging Alaska’s fishing fleet in habitat policy issues.

Lindsey Bloom, UFA’s salmon habitat director, said the topic can be hard to stay up to speed on.

“We … more

Sen. Lisa Murkowski stops in Wrangell for meet & greet

Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks with constituents in Wrangell. (KSTK News, Aaron Bolton)

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is campaigning for reelection to the U.S. Senate. Murkowski is making stops across Southeast to meet with constituents and stopped in Wrangell Wednesday for a meet and greet. KSTK’s Aaron Bolton met with Murkowski after Wednesday’s … more

Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting 7-26-16

Wrangell Borough Assembly meeting on July 26, 2016.

Bearfest kicks off in Wrangell

Brown bears look for fish to feed back into the forest ecosystem

Bearfest falls on Wrangell Wednesday and along with it bear enthusiasts, live music and new this year, an award-winning chef.

“One of the big things that’s happening is that we’ve been able to get Tamara Murphy who is a James … more