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New Wrangell Principal, William Schwan, sets goals and is ready for the new school year

Wrangell Secondary School Principal William Schwan. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

With the new school year about two weeks away, students aren’t the only ones anxious about classes beginning. New Secondary School Principal, William Schwan, said he’s ready to get over the hump of being the new guy.

“That’s always an … more

Wrangell artist’s painting wins Southeast Alaska State Fair competition, moves on to Palmer

Terree Pino Painting

Wrangell will be represented at this year’s Alaska State Fair in Palmer. Local artist, Terree Pino, was named the grand champion in the oil painting division at the Southeast Alaska State Fair.

Pino’s painting will move on to compete with … more

Southeast Alaska Native cultural leader, Marge Byrd, dies at 81

Marge Byrd1

The Southeast Alaska Native community is mourning the loss of a cultural leader. Marge Byrd, 81, died on July 24. Services were held at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church Saturday.

Byrd was deeply involved in Wrangell’s Native community. Long-time friend, Tis … more

EPA won’t take immediate action as tides wash away 20,000 gallons of raw sewage

sewage mainline being fixed

A sewer mainline broke early Monday morning near Zimovia Highway in Wrangell, allowing about 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into the inner harbor.

The break happened near the Zimovia Highway and Case Avenue intersection. Public Works Director, Amber Al-Haddad, said … more

Sewer mainline breaks, allowing 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into harbor

Sewage mainline being fixed. (Courtesy of Wrangell Public Works department.)

A sewer mainline broke early Monday morning near Zimovia Highway, allowing  about 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into Wrangell’s inner harbor.

The break happened near the Zimovia Highway and Case Avenue intersection. The Public Works department was notified around 6:30 … more

Wrangell school offers Tlingit language and culture in classroom

Wrangell High School. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Wrangell high school and middle school students will be offered a new language and cultural class this coming school year. Students will be able to learn Tlingit, a language and culture belonging to one of Southeast Alaska’s predominant Native tribes.… more

Southeast pink harvest expected to be below recent years

The dark areas are pink salmon between the falls in the Anan Creek south of Wrangell. Photo courtesy of Troy Thynes

The dark areas are pink salmon between the falls in the Anan Creek south of Wrangell. Photo courtesy of Troy Thynes

The largest salmon harvest in Southeast Alaska, the pink salmon fishery, is ramping up. As Angela Denning reports from … more

Rent a cabin on Zarembo?

Courtesy of the Forest Service

Wrangell residents will soon be able to enjoy the only recreation cabin on Zarembo Island. The Wrangell Ranger District is opening up a former administrative cabin in the next few weeks.

David Rak of the Wrangell district said the Forest … more

Wrangell’s kids get a lesson on formline

Ron Fairbanks teaching kids how to paint formline. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

The Alaska Native Sisterhood Association – or ANSA – wrapped a three-day Native art class for Wrangell’s kids Aug. 3. About 20 kids gathered to be taught the traditional art form known as formline.

Formline is the art of the … more

Zarembo Island geological exploration continues another year

Zarembo Island on Google Maps.

A geological-exploration company based in Wrangell will be taking surface samples on Zarembo Island for the next year. Zarembo Minerals has been exploring the northwest portion of the island for the past 10 years.

Owner, Mark Robinson, said the samples … more