Southeast News

Wrangell School District produces balanced budget draft

Wrangell High School. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

The Wrangell School Board examined its first budget draft for the upcoming fiscal year Monday. The draft manages to cover a $134,000 decrease in revenue, about a 4 percent cut. No teachers would lose their jobs under the plan and … more

Some concerns over assisted-living facility answered, others remain

The former Old Sourdough Lodge will become a assisted living facility (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Concerns over a new assisted-living facility in Wrangell are one step closer to being resolved. The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public workshop for the new owners of a former bed and breakfast known as the Sourdough Lodge and … more

Southeast legislators hope to maintain Fish and Game funding

A state Department of Fish and Game staffer works on sampling fish for a study on toxic metal concentrations in Tulsequah and Taku river fish. (Photo courtesy Department of Fish and Game)

Gov. Bill Walker proposed cutting about 45 positions and $3.5 million from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s fiscal year 2018 budget in December. That’s significantly smaller than the $11.5 million in cuts over the past two years. But … more

House Rep. Ortiz tours District 36 ahead of legislative session

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House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz stopped in Wrangell Tuesday to give the Wrangell Borough Assembly a preview of his goals going into the legislative session beginning on Jan. 17. With few options to fill the $3 billion budget gap, … more

Deed to AICS clinic in question as it merges with SEARHC

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There are still some unanswered questions in the merger between a Wrangell medical provider and Sitka-based Southeast Regional Health Consortium. SEARHC announced that it would be taking over Alaska Island Community Services or AICS in October. AICS will retain its … more

Gov. Walker proposes stable Fish and Game budget

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Gov. Bill Walker proposed cutting about 45 positions and $3.5 million from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s 2018 budget last week, significantly smaller than the $11.5 million in cuts over the past two years. But, Walker’s proposal calls … more

Funding for Shoemaker Harbor project included in Gov. Walker’s budget

Unusable dock at Shoemaker Bay Harbor

Wrangell received good news regarding the Shoemaker Bay Harbor project Thursday. Gov. Bill Walker proposed to appropriate $5 million for the state’s 50/50 harbor matching grant fund, just enough to cover Wrangell’s request.

The borough has been working to replace … more

Native support for Wrangell boarding school is uncertain

The final design proposal for the former Wrangell Institute property.

A committee overseeing a proposal for a 400-bed boarding school in Wrangell is seeking support from the Tanana Chiefs Conference, a non-profit Native corporation which serves 39 villages near Fairbanks. But, that support isn’t certain.

Master plan for Wrangell Institute

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Few changes made in final Tongass forest plan decision

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The Tongass Land Management Plan amendment, a 16 year transition toward young-growth logging, was finalized Friday. Tongass Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart signed the record of decision after considering objections from environmental and industry groups. Some have applauded the decision … more

Wrangell pot shop receives conditional use permit

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A proposed Wrangell marijuana business is one step closer to opening its doors. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit Thursday, requested by Happy Cannabis owner Kelsey Martinsen, for a retail store and grow operation.

All Wrangell … more