Update: Opening statements held in trial of former Wrangell doctor

greg salardOpening statements were held Wednesday in the jury trial of a former Wrangell doctor accused of possessing child pornography.

Wrangell’s Bearfest starts Wednesday

bearWrangell’s sixth annual Bearfest starts Wednesday, and it’s bringing bear experts, live music and a certified marathon to town.

Jury selection underway in Wrangell doctor’s child porn trial

Salard102814bJury selection is underway in the trial of former Wrangell doctor Greg Salard, who is accused of possessing child pornography.

Southeast Beasts get nonprofit status

Runners get ready to start the 2014 Alaska Day race. The Southeast Beasts hosted the event and brought live music to town. (Asia Fisher/KSTK)Wrangell running group The Southeast Beasts is now officially a nonprofit organization. In the nearly three years since its first race, the group has hosted events from 5Ks to full marathons to raise money for community members in need.

Trial of former Wrangell doctor starts Monday

greg salardThe jury trial of former Wrangell doctor Greg Salard will start Monday at the U.S. District Court in Juneau. He is facing three felony charges related to child pornography.

Wrangell ANS prepares to host 100th anniversary celebration

The Alaska Native Sisterhood was formed 100 years ago in Wrangell, and the community will welcome a few hundred visitors this fall for the ANS centennial celebration.

BC mine to reopen after 2014 disaster

Hazeltine Creek, once a narrow waterway, is filled with mud, silt and logs following August 2014’s tailings dam breach at the nearby Mount Polley Mine. (Photo courtesy Chris Blake/MineWatch Canada).British Columbia will allow the Mount Polley Mine to resume limited operations. The mine's tailings dam broke last year, polluting nearby waterways.

USFS budget cuts impact Wrangell cabins, trails

Photo by Asia FisherFunding for trails, cabins and campsites on the Tongass National Forest has been declining quickly, and it’s having a big impact on the Wrangell Ranger District this summer.

Wildfires also hit Southeast forests

A fire left its mark on this Tongass National Forest tree trunk, as seen in 2008. (Creative Commons photo by Xa’at)Tongass National Forest officials have counted 16 wildfires this season, one more than the regional average for a whole year.

Fourth of July celebration a sunny success

Fourth of July paradeWrangell’s Fourth of July celebration was sunny for the first time in several years. Queen candidates sold more than 80,000 queen tickets, and the logging show had more contestants than ever before.