Author Archives: Aaron Bolton, KSTK News

Charges pending in recent Wrangell boat break-ins

Sunshine at Heritage Harbor
Photo by Andrea Laughlin

Wrangell Police say charges are pending for recent boat break-ins in Heritage Harbor. Two suspects are awaiting charges, but police would not identify them.

Five boats were reported broken into on Nov.20. Only three are thought to have had items … more

Trump, Congress and Southeast timber, what are the possibilities?

The Tongass National Forest makes up most of Southeast Alaska (Courtesy U.S. Forest Service)

Could President-elect Donald Trump and the incoming Republican-led Congress change logging plans in Southeast Alaska? Changes to the Tongass forest plan amendment, a contentious Forest Service regulation, are possible.

The Tongass Land Management Plan amendment is on its way … more

Wrangell School Board has uncomfortable conversation about sex-ed

Elementary school

Wrangell’s School Board discussed sex education during a contentious meeting Monday. The board hosted a presentation on its curriculum for middle and high school students to a packed house and several parents disagreed on this year’s approach.

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Several Wrangell boats broken into over weekend

Sunshine at Heritage Harbor
Photo by Andrea Laughlin

Several boats in Wrangell were broken into over the weekend. The Wrangell Police Department was notified of the break-ins early Saturday morning.

Five boats were entered in Heritage Harbor. Only three are thought to have had items taken. WPD said … more

The state helps Wrangell Senior Center’s budget, but not with funding

Senior center

Wrangell is home to the second oldest population in the state. It should come as no surprise that the local senior center is serving up more meals. But, as the number of clients and operating costs grow over the years, … more

AMHS to raise rates

The ferry Malaspina awaits passengers at Juneau's Auke Bay ferry terminal. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska.

Riding state ferries will cost a little more this summer.

The Alaska Marine Highway System plans its next round of fare increases to start May 1st. That’s when the new summer schedule begins.

Spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says it’s … more

UFA hones in on salmon habitat issues


United Fishermen of Alaska is beginning to get an idea of what its new Salmon Habitat Information Program – or SHIP – will look like. The program is aimed at engaging commercial fisherman around the state in salmon habitat issues.… more

Audubon Society bird count continues in Wrangell for twenty-third year

Delta-area bird-count coordinator Steve DuBois photographed this Eurasian collared dove in the Delta Junction area in September. (Credit Steve DuBois)

The Alaska Audubon Society is gearing up for its seventy-sixth annual Christmas BirdCount. Several communities will hold counts around the state between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. Volunteers travel set routes within a 15-mile radius around participating communities counting each … more

KSTK Board Election

ballotboxThe KSTK membership will vote for KSTK board seats D, E and F at the upcoming Membership Meeting and Dinner on November 19th, 6:00 pm at the Sourdough Lodge. If you are interested in running for a KSTK board seat, please submit your name, address, age and the seat that you wish to run for to Cindy Sweat P.O. 1141 Wrangell AK. Or by email to before 3:30 pm Friday, November 18th.

Port Commission bars public from boat yard in 2018 and forms Mariner’s Memorial committee

marine service center

The Port Commission made a motion to restrict tour operators and the general public from the marine service center after the 2017 season at its meeting Wednesday. The motion passed unanimously. The issue has been discussed since the early summer … more