Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaskaNews

Wrangell will finish rules before allowing pot biz

marijuanaWrangell won’t approve its first commercial pot operation until it has a better handle on where such businesses will be allowed.

Wrangell Disaster Drill

DrillOn Wednesday, May 4th the "All Out" siren signaled the beginning of a Disaster Drill in Wrangell, a combined effort of the Wrangell Fire Department, Wrangell Medical Center and the Department of Transportation.

Public Health Office Closes

kadinPublic health offices in Haines and Wrangell are set to close this summer due to state budget cuts. But their services won’t disappear completely. Nurses from other Southeast towns will occasionally travel to Haines and Wrangell to maintain the ‘safety net’ their agency aims to provide.

Wrangell Budget Public Hearing and Workshop

CityHall1Wrangell’s Borough Finance Director and Borough Manager presented the City and Borough of Wrangell 2017 draft budget at a public hearing and workshop on Monday night.

KSTK Open Board Seat

Photo Courtesy of Lucy Moline-RobinsonKSTK is looking to fill seat "A" of the KSTK Board of Directors. This is a 3-year term expiring November 2018. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a resident of Wrangell, and a KSTK member in good standing. KSTK board members are Wrangell residents who have the stations best interest in mind, who help the station be successful and financially stable and who can spend time volunteering to help raise money for the station. Interested individuals may submit a letter of interest to KSTK General Manager, Cindy Sweat in person or by email at . Letters may also be submitted to KSTK Board Chair Angie Flickinger by email at

Wrangell’s 4th of July Royalty Candidates

queensWrangell’s 4th of July Royalty Contestants are securing sponsors, planning events and organizing their teams to raise money for Wrangell’s biggest event of the year. Alex Angerman and Kyla Teat have announced they are running for 4th of July “Queen”. Cindy Sweat visited with the candidates who have different but similar reasons for running.

Wrangell Borough Assembly Update

City-HallWrangell’s Borough Assembly met Tuesday evening, April 26th. The Assembly unanimously voted to approve the second reading of ordinance 916 which reduces the number of board members on the medical center and long-term care facility board from nine to seven board members.

Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting 4-26-16

Wrangell's Borough Assembly held its regular meeting Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 in the Assembly Chambers. Click "more" to listen to audio of that meeting.

Power Outage for Wrangell and Petersburg

bulbWrangell Power and Light Superintendent, Clay Hammer, reported to KSTK Tuesday morning that an event occurred at Ward Cove near Ketchikan that impacted the entire north end of the power distribution just before 7:00 am.

Can Alaska learn from other ferry systems?

The Steamship Authority ferry Eagle sails between Hyannis and Nantucket, southeast of Boston. (Photo courtesy The Steamship Authority)Should the Alaska Marine Highway System be managed differently? That’s a question being asked by ferry advocates as they cope with smaller budgets and reduced schedules.