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Search underway for overdue Wrangell boater

Kenneth Trammel left on the Thalassa Nov. 5.Alaska State Troopers, the U.S. Coast Guard and Wrangell Search and Rescue are searching for an overdue boater in the Wrangell area. Kenneth Trammel left town Nov. 5 on the 38-foot Thalassa.

P&Z approves contract zone for WCA Transportation office

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the borough allow a tribal transportation office to be built on residential land.

Environmental groups ask B.C. to improve mining laws

8-5-14-Polley-tailings-pond-break-imageEnvironmental groups from Alaska and British Columbia are asking the BC government to implement independent oversight of mines and encourage the use of safer mine-waste technologies. The comments were submitted as part of B.C.’s review of its mining policies in response to the tailings dam spill at the Mount Polley Mine last summer.

Borough Assembly rejects electric rate study

Power lines in Wrangell. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)The Wrangell Borough Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to reject a proposal for an electric department rate study. It was meant to help Wrangell Light and Power determine if it is financially ready to address deficiencies that were recently revealed in the power distribution system.

Borough Assembly awards contract for Institute property master plan

City Hall - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KSTK NewsThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to offer a contract to Corvus Design to create a master plan for the former site of the Wrangell Institute. The assembly postponed its decision on a contract for a property assessment and feasibility study at the former mill site.

Anan dock design to be re-evaluated, local opposition continues

bearThe U.S. Forest Service is re-evaluating its design for a dock at the Anan Wildlife Observatory because bids on the project exceeded the budget. Meanwhile, Wrangell tour operators continue to oppose the dock.

Can the ferry system be more reliable?

Two ferries dock at the Ketchikan Shipyard in 2012 while one is drydocked. Four of the marine highway's ships are slated to be tied up for the 2016 season. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Budget cuts and mechanical breakdowns left many of summer 2015’s passengers stranded, dropping destinations or switching to air travel. Local officials want to make sure it doesn't happen again.

USFS proposes fee increase for cabins on Tongass, Chugach

cabinThe U.S. Forest Service is proposing increases to cabin rental fees on Alaska’s national forests. Cabin prices have been the same since the 1990s, and now some fees could more than double over the next three years.

Wrangell fishermen plead guilty to Lacey Act violations

halibutA Wrangell father and son have pleaded guilty to federal charges related to Lacey Act violations while commercial halibut fishing in Alaska waters.

Development committee completes initial review of transferred lands

map of land transferWrangell’s Economic Development Committee met Monday to finish its initial review of about 9,000 acres of entitlement lands.