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KSTK faces budget cuts, programming changes

Wrangell's KSTK is among public broadcasters facing deep cuts that could change  programming. (File photo)The Alaska Legislature is cutting nearly a quarter of its funding to public broadcasters across the state. As a result, KSTK public radio in Wrangell will have to cut some of its programs starting July 1.

Salard trial delayed until July

greg salardThe jury trial of former Wrangell doctor Greg Salard, accused of possessing and distributing child pornography, has been delayed another two months.

Birding Festival speaker looks at impacts of marine debris on sea birds

Wrangell’s Stikine River Birding Festival brought bird enthusiasts and experts to town last week for birdwatching, lectures and art contests. One of the festival’s featured speakers was Veronica Padula, who presented her research on how marine debris is affecting sea birds.

B.C.: Alaska will get larger voice in mine development

British Columbia Minister of Mines Bill Bennett has announced a plan where Alaska officials will have more chances to comment on projects under development. (Photo courtesy of the B.C. government)British Columbia's top mining official says Alaska will soon have more input into the permitting process. That news came after a meeting with Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.

Wrangell’s wildlife trooper position reinstated

department of public safetyWrangell’s Alaska Wildlife Trooper position has been reinstated. But according to Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen, that could still change before the state budget is finalized.

WCA tests Wrangell shellfish for contaminants

clamThe Wrangell Cooperative Association recently won federal funding to test shellfish from Wrangell beaches. The tribal government wants to make sure clams and cockles are still safe to eat after a sinking tug boat leaked fuel in the area last winter.

Assembly raises fees for 911 system, Meyers Chuck dock

meyers chuck dockThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to raise the monthly 911 surcharge on each phone in Wrangell. The assembly also approved new moorage fees for Meyers Chuck.

Wrangell’s draft budget trims spending, not basic services

city hallWrangell borough officials released their draft budget Tuesday for the upcoming fiscal year 2016. Although major budget cuts are being made at the state level, Wrangell residents will not see significant changes in municipal services.

Gov. Walker proposes larger ferry budget

Students protest cuts in the marine highway system budget at the Kake ferry terminal in March. (Photo courtesy Adam Davis/Sustainable Southeast Partnership)Gov. Bill Walker says the state ferry system needs more money to avoid “crippling cuts” during the next fiscal year

School board keeps food service in budget

The Wrangell Public School Board approved its budget for Fiscal Year 2016 Monday and narrowly avoided eliminating the district’s school lunch program.