Wrangell waterfront planners return with new designs

waterfront meetingA team of architects and engineers tasked with creating a master plan for Wrangell’s downtown waterfront returned Monday with three refined design concepts. The design team also produced cost estimates for the proposed plans.

Wrangell F&G committee keeps pushing moose antler proposal

IMG_1321Wrangell’s Fish and Game Advisory Committee is continuing its effort to alter a moose antler regulation affecting local hunters. Committee members will rewrite their proposal to change how "points" are defined for forked moose antlers.

Wrangell Assembly waits for state to develop pot regulations

marijuanaPossession of marijuana for personal use will become legal in Alaska Tuesday, but the Wrangell Borough Assembly has not started a formal discussion regarding consumption and sales in the borough. Assembly members agree it is too early to consider any pot ordinances.

Wrangell loses wildlife trooper to state budget cuts

department of public safetyWrangell could lose its only Alaska Wildlife Trooper to state budget cuts. The Department of Public Safety is not planning to fill the vacancy left in January by Alaska Wildlife Trooper Scott Bjork.

Assembly asks state to fully fund revenue sharing

Wrangell officials are worried state budget cuts will impact the Community Revenue Sharing Program that makes up a large portion of the borough’s income. Wrangell gets about $600,000 each year to help provide basic services including maintenance of public buildings and snow removal.

Tongass transition back on the table

1-20-14 USFS Jason Anderson and Kirk Hardcastle listed during a Tongass Advisory Committee meeting at Juneau's Aspen Hotel.A citizens’ panel continues wrestling with the future of Southeast Alaska’s national forest. The Tongass Advisory Committee resumes meeting Tuesday in Juneau.

UAS offers marine transportation class in Wrangell

The University of Alaska Southeast is teaching a 100 Ton Master License class in Wrangell next week. Wrangell residents typically have to travel to other communities to take these courses.

Assembly postpones vote on gun ordinance

City Hall - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KSTK NewsThe Wrangell Borough Assembly decided Tuesday to postpone a vote on an ordinance related to weapons and the discharge of firearms within the borough. Residents asked assembly members to change some existing gun policies.

B.C. mine gets OK to test mill and tailings pond

The Red Chris Mine site is about 120 miles northeast of Petersburg. The mine is testing its mill and tailings pond dam under an interim permit issued Feb. 2. (Courtesy Imperial Metals website)A new copper and gold mine in Southeast Alaska’s Stikine River watershed is a significant step closer to opening.

Mt. Polley Mine dam collapse report cites design

mount polleyA government investigation says poor design led to last summer’s catastrophic failure of British Columbia's Mount Polley Mine tailings pond.