Wrangell birders seek volunteers for Christmas Bird Count

A bald eagle in Wrangell. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)Wrangell residents will have the opportunity next month to participate in the country’s longest-running citizen science bird project.

How do you run the ferry system with less money?

The fast ferry Chenega is up on blocks for repairs and maintenance at the Ketchikan Shipyard Feb. 21, 2014. The Alaska Marine Highway, roads, airports and other transportation projects could get a funding boost under Legislation moving in the state House. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway System wants more input into in its long-term planning. It's announced what it’s calling community engagement meetings in six port cities over the next month.

USFS updates Wrangell Island Timber Sale proposal

timber mapThe U.S. Forest Service recently announced it is changing its proposal for a timber sale on Wrangell Island. The Forest Service is proposing a harvest of about 5,300 acres for 73 million board feet of mostly old growth timber.

Wrangell boater found dead

Kenneth Trammel left on the Thalassa Nov. 5.A missing Wrangell boater was found dead Wednesday afternoon, according to a dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers.

School board responds to communication concerns

The Wrangell Public School Board announced Monday it is taking steps to respond to the concerns of teachers and parents regarding communication issues. The school board is starting a monthly “coffee with the school board” event.

Search underway for overdue Wrangell boater

Kenneth Trammel left on the Thalassa Nov. 5.Alaska State Troopers, the U.S. Coast Guard and Wrangell Search and Rescue are searching for an overdue boater in the Wrangell area. Kenneth Trammel left town Nov. 5 on the 38-foot Thalassa.

P&Z approves contract zone for WCA Transportation office

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the borough allow a tribal transportation office to be built on residential land.

Environmental groups ask B.C. to improve mining laws

8-5-14-Polley-tailings-pond-break-imageEnvironmental groups from Alaska and British Columbia are asking the BC government to implement independent oversight of mines and encourage the use of safer mine-waste technologies. The comments were submitted as part of B.C.’s review of its mining policies in response to the tailings dam spill at the Mount Polley Mine last summer.

Borough Assembly rejects electric rate study

Power lines in Wrangell. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)The Wrangell Borough Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to reject a proposal for an electric department rate study. It was meant to help Wrangell Light and Power determine if it is financially ready to address deficiencies that were recently revealed in the power distribution system.

Borough Assembly awards contract for Institute property master plan

City Hall - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KSTK NewsThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to offer a contract to Corvus Design to create a master plan for the former site of the Wrangell Institute. The assembly postponed its decision on a contract for a property assessment and feasibility study at the former mill site.