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Objections to Tongass Forest Plan amendment start rolling in

A Tongass National Forest clearcut is shown in this 2014 aerial view. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

The U.S. Forest Service announced its plan for a 16-year transition toward young-growth Tongass timber harvests in late June. In the midst of the 60-day comment period, industry and environmental groups are starting to submit their objections.

Both the industry … more

Rep. Dan Ortiz stops in Wrangell for Bearfest

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District 36 Representative Dan Ortiz stopped in Wrangell last weekend for Bearfest to meet with constituents. The rookie legislator is up for reelection in November and said Wrangell residents have expressed concern over the $3.5 billion state budget deficit, the more

Fisherman found dead on boat near Wrangell

Charles Richards (photo via Facebook)

A crew member on a fishing vessel west of Wrangell Island was found dead Saturday morning. Wrangell Search and Rescue responded to the scene after the Coast Guard was notified around 5:47 am Saturday.

Charles Richards of Seattle was on … more

UFA launches salmon habitat program

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United Fisherman of Alaska is launching a new salmon habitat program aimed at engaging Alaska’s fishing fleet in habitat policy issues.

Lindsey Bloom, UFA’s salmon habitat director, said the topic can be hard to stay up to speed on.

“We … more

Sen. Lisa Murkowski stops in Wrangell for meet & greet

Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks with constituents in Wrangell. (KSTK News, Aaron Bolton)

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is campaigning for reelection to the U.S. Senate. Murkowski is making stops across Southeast to meet with constituents and stopped in Wrangell Wednesday for a meet and greet. KSTK’s Aaron Bolton met with Murkowski after Wednesday’s … more

Bearfest kicks off in Wrangell

Brown bears look for fish to feed back into the forest ecosystem

Bearfest falls on Wrangell Wednesday and along with it bear enthusiasts, live music and new this year, an award-winning chef.

“One of the big things that’s happening is that we’ve been able to get Tamara Murphy who is a James … more

Wrangell’s water woes continue and ordinance eliminating tax-free day moves forward

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Wrangell’s longstanding water shortage issue caused fish processors to cut water consumption in half and the borough to urge the public to cut down 30 to 50 percent. Wrangell’s assembly and borough manager declared a local emergency disaster July 12.… more

Southeast weather’s timing just right for a good berry season

Freshly picked salmon berries. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

If you’re a berry picker in Southeast, you may have noticed it’s been a particularly good season for salmon berries and other berry varieties. Warm weather has been arriving at just the right time to provide a plentiful harvest.

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Path to Prosperity finalist hopes to provide Wrangell fresh produce

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Wrangell could soon be part of the farm-to-table trend. Wrangell resident, Dixie Booker, is a finalist in Sealaska’s Path to Prosperity, a contest for entrepreneurs to get their businesses of the ground. Booker hopes to supply Wrangell with fresh produce.… more

Wrangell’s water shortage causes borough to declare local disaster

Sand filter at Wrangell water plant. (KSTK News, Aaron Bolton)Wrangell is in a water crisis. Between two fish processors and the public, demand is exceeding the water treatment system’s ability to produce clean water. The assembly and borough manager declared a local emergency disaster Tuesday and are asking the public to cut water consumption 30 to 50 percent.