Southeast News

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.

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Legal battle between Wrangell and worker’s union heads to settlement proceedings

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A Ketchikan judge will oversee settlement talks in a contract dispute between Wrangell and a union representing city workers.

Superior Court Judge William Carey was appointed to oversee settlement proceedings Tuesday between Wrangell’s International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union and … more

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

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.

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