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HD36 winner Dan Ortiz chooses to caucus with minority

Dan Ortiz is the new non-affiliated state representative for Alaska House District 36. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)Southeast Alaska’s representatives in the state house know their committee assignments following the resolution of several close legislative races in the state’s general election.

Review of Red Chris Mine finds tailings dam concerns

red chris tailingsAs Southeast Alaskans become more concerned about mine development in British Columbia, a copper and gold mine in the Stikine River watershed is expected to start full operations next month. But an independent review of its tailings facility found issues with the design.

School board approves budget revision for tablets

school boardThe Wrangell Public School Board approved budget revisions Monday that would provide tablet devices for all students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Two Wrangell students take first place at DDF home meet

Students from all over Southeast Alaska were in Wrangell Friday and Saturday for a Drama, Debate and Forensics meet. Two Wrangell High School students took first place.

Repatriated Wrangell clan hat arrives in Juneau

frog clan hatA clan hat from an Alaska Native tribe in Wrangell returned to Alaska Thursday. The Khaach.ádi or frog clan of Wrangell signed a repatriation claim in 2008 to get the hat back from a museum in California.

KSM mine critics target investors, B.C. officials

The KSM project's operational phase mine site layout includes pits to access ore, rock storage, a dam and a water treatment plant. (Courtesy KSM environmental assessment certificate application)Transboundary mine critics are trying a new tactic in their opposition to the KSM mine. They’re telling investors it's a bad place to put their money.

Pool improvements top assembly’s budget request list

city hallThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Wednesday to approve a capital budget request list for the upcoming fiscal year. Fixing the swimming pool is the first priority, followed by boat yard improvements, a sewer pump replacement, and funding for a new hospital.

Green Dot campaign teaches bystanders to prevent violence

A campaign to prevent violence culminated in bystander intervention training in Wrangell Saturday. The Green Dot campaign is based on the premise that anyone can make the choice to help prevent violence in the community by intervening in situations that could lead to interpersonal, sexual or partner violence.

Port Commission reviews Mariner’s Memorial design

mariners memorialThe Wrangell Port Commission Thursday reviewed a nearly complete design for the Mariner’s Memorial. The commission also discussed harbor parking lot policies after receiving a written complaint about the lack of long-term parking options.

Ferry system limits solo travel by kids, teenagers

A marine highway staffer watches as passengers and dogs reboard the ferry Matanuska before departing Wrangell Jan. 16, 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway System will no longer allow children and teenagers under 18 to travel solo. The current rules place no restrictions on 16- and 17-year-olds.