Wrangell Assembly signs onto letter to delay Tongass amendment

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

The Wrangell Borough Assembly unanimously voted to sign onto a letter Friday asking Alaska’s congressional delegation to delay the Tongass Land Management Plan Amendment. The letter, written by Juneau attorney James Clark, asks that the amendment be delayed until the … more

Assembly and hospital talk about a new facility


Wrangell Medical Center CEO Robert Rang and the Wrangell Borough Assembly held a public workshop Tuesday on the possibility of a new hospital.

There was a previous contentious attempt for a new facility which brought the process to a halt. … more

Wrangell students honor Native Heritage Day with play

High school and middle school students act out the story of fog woman and raven. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

The day after Thanksgiving is National Native Heritage Day. After coming back from Thanksgiving break, high school and middle school students from Wrangell’s Tlingit culture and language class put on a shadow box play Tuesday in honor of day   .… more

Two Wrangell men face felony charges for boat break-ins

Sunshine at Heritage Harbor
Photo by Andrea Laughlin

Charges have been filed for recent boat break-ins in Heritage Harbor. According to the criminal complaint, Aaron Howell, 20, and Laven Ritchie, 19, face several felony charges for burglary, theft and tampering with evidence. Misdemeanors for theft and criminal mischief … more

As Southeast elk hunt closes, harvest slightly below average

Roosevelt Elk (courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish & Game)

Roosevelt Elk (courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish & Game)


Elk hunting in Southeast comes to a close Wednesday and at five animals harvested, 2016 might be slightly under the five year average of seven. There is a window … more

Charges pending in recent Wrangell boat break-ins

Sunshine at Heritage Harbor
Photo by Andrea Laughlin

Wrangell Police say charges are pending for recent boat break-ins in Heritage Harbor. Two suspects are awaiting charges, but police would not identify them.

Five boats were reported broken into on Nov.20. Only three are thought to have had items … more

Trump, Congress and Southeast timber, what are the possibilities?

The Tongass National Forest makes up most of Southeast Alaska (Courtesy U.S. Forest Service)

Could President-elect Donald Trump and the incoming Republican-led Congress change logging plans in Southeast Alaska? Changes to the Tongass forest plan amendment, a contentious Forest Service regulation, are possible.

The Tongass Land Management Plan amendment is on its way … more

Wrangell School Board has uncomfortable conversation about sex-ed

Elementary school

Wrangell’s School Board discussed sex education during a contentious meeting Monday. The board hosted a presentation on its curriculum for middle and high school students to a packed house and several parents disagreed on this year’s approach.

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Several Wrangell boats broken into over weekend

Sunshine at Heritage Harbor
Photo by Andrea Laughlin

Several boats in Wrangell were broken into over the weekend. The Wrangell Police Department was notified of the break-ins early Saturday morning.

Five boats were entered in Heritage Harbor. Only three are thought to have had items taken. WPD said … more

The state helps Wrangell Senior Center’s budget, but not with funding

Senior center

Wrangell is home to the second oldest population in the state. It should come as no surprise that the local senior center is serving up more meals. But, as the number of clients and operating costs grow over the years, … more