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Three Wrangell artists bring home ribbons in state fair competition

Terree Pino and Anny Newport's artwork on display at Angerman's (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Three Wrangell artists took home awards in the Southeast Alaska State Fair this summer. Anny Newport, Charity Hommel and Terree Pino’s entries are now back in town and are hanging in Angerman’s front window downtown.

Terree Pino and Anny Newport’s


Potential Wrangell pot business applies for licenses


The Wrangell Assembly passed a zoning ordinance last week that made way for marijuana businesses in Wrangell. Now, Wrangell’s only proposed pot business, Happy Cannabis, is initiating its applications with the state, beginning the final push for construction to be … more

Dan Ortiz calls for Republican candidate Bob Sivertsen to denounce “dark money”

dan ortiz

House District 36 incumbent Dan Ortiz called for Republican candidate Bob Sivertsen to denounce so-called “dark money” in this year’s campaign on Monday.

He was referring to the independent expenditure group known as Southeast Voters for Bob Sivertsen, which has … more

Wrangell Chamber brings home chamber of the year award


The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce brought home the local chamber of the year award last week. The Alaska Chamber of Commerce awarded Wrangell Executive Director, Cyni Crary, the honor at its annual fall forum in Kenai.

Cyni Crary holding the


School board gets first look at new bus and defers ANSEP MOU

Greg McCormick shows school board member safety features. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Greg McCormick shows school board member safety features. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Wrangell’s school board took a look at a new school bus during its meeting Monday. The bus replaces an older model that’s now retired.

Part owner of Etolin … more

Tlingit Haida benefit fair stops in Wrangell


The Tlingit Haida Central Council held a community fair in Wrangell Saturday. The event gave tribal members a chance to get info on programs and to get new enhanced tribal IDs.

Savaannah Smith, Laura Helgeson and Jade Balansag being honored


U.S. producers push for tariffs on Canadian timber

A fire left its mark on this Tongass National Forest tree trunk, as seen in 2008. (Creative Commons photo by Xa’at)

The deadline to strike a deal on Canadian softwood lumber imports into the U.S. came and went Wednesday. The past agreement controlled Canadian lumber import prices which allowed Alaskan lumber to compete in the market. The U.S. Lumber Coalition said … more

SEARHC acquires Wrangell based AICS


The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announced Wednesday that it would be acquiring Wrangell based Alaska Island Community Services.

AICS CEO Mark Walker said the Wrangell operation will retain its name and continue operating out of its existing locations.

“All … more

Wrangell Assembly passes pot zoning codes


The Wrangell Borough Assembly unanimously passed modifications to zoning ordinances to make way for marijuana businesses Tuesday. The ordinance lays out rules for all four types of marijuana licenses, growing, manufacturing, retail and testing.

Wrangell Economic Development Director, Carol Rushmore, … more

Ferry system’s proposed Summer 2017 schedule released

The fast ferry Fairweather sails in Chatham Strait in 2010. It and the Chenega will be tied up for most of the fall, winter and spring. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

The Alaska Marine Highway System Tuesday released a proposed schedule for next summer.

Ferry system spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said it doesn’t show much of a decline compared to summer 2016. But he said the system will see about 10 fewer … more