Author Archives: Aaron Bolton, KSTK News

Steady stream of Wrangell voters at polls since morning


The polls opened at 7 a.m. this morning in Wrangell, and it’s been a steady flow of voters ever since. Sarah Merrit, Wrangell’s election chair, said this election seems busier than most with 160 votes being cast before 10 a.m. … more

Wrangell Natives prioritize energy efficiency in housing survey


The Wrangell Cooperative Association conducted a housing survey this summer to identify needs in Wrangell’s Native community. The results are in and to tribal administrators surprise, energy efficiency took the cake with three quarters of responses listing it as the … more

More Wrangell residents head to the polls early


More Wrangell residents are heading to the polls early this year. According to the Alaska Division of Elections, in-person absentee voting is up nearly 4 times compared to the 2014 general election. As of Friday afternoon, Wrangell saw a total … more

As Alaska’s boats age, Harbormasters Association pushes for tighter derelict vessel laws

Excavators demolish the Challenger. (Photo by Mikko Wilson/KTOO)

State agencies, harbormasters and communities around the state want stronger laws on abandoned and derelict vessels. The Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators submitted proposed legislation to Gov. Bill Walker’s office last month that would make it easier to … more

Juneau candidate Kito supports Walker revenue plan

Rep. Sam Kito III is running for re-election to his downtown Juneau-based House seat. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Juneau Democrat Sam Kito is running for his second full term representing state House District 33. He has no officially recognized opposition.

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Wrangell’s tax base shrinks as senior population grows

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Wrangell has the second oldest population in the state, and the borough is worried about the growing number of tax-exempt seniors. Those out-of-reach property tax dollars coupled with state cuts are putting aging communities in a tough spot.

Jeff Jabusch … more

Democratic candidate Steve Lindbeck runs for U.S. House

Democrat Steve Lindbeck is challenging incumbent Republican Don Young for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Photo courtesy Lindbeck for Alaska)

Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Steve Lindbeck, was scheduled to be in Wrangell on Saturday, but fog prevented him from making one of his final Southeast campaign stops. Lindbeck spoke with KSTK over the phone.

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Constitution Party candidate Ken Shaw runs for HD36 seat

Kenneth Shaw is the Constitution Party candidate for House District 36. (Photo by Leila Kheiry, KRBD News)

Constitution Party Candidate Ken Shaw is running for House District 36 against Republican Bob Sivertsen and incumbent Dan Ortiz.

Kenneth Shaw is the Constitution Party candidate for House District 36. (Photo by Leila Kheiry, KRBD News)

Shaw said his number … more

Sivertsen and Ortiz square off in town hall debate

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House District 36 candidates, independent Dan Ortiz and Republican Bob Sivertsen, squared off in a town hall debate in the Wrangell Assembly chambers Wednesday.


Both Ortiz and Sivertsen agree on most things, resource development, finding additional revenue sources … more