Southeast News

Sewer mainline breaks, allowing 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into harbor

Sewage mainline being fixed. (Courtesy of Wrangell Public Works department.)

A sewer mainline broke early Monday morning near Zimovia Highway, allowing  about 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into Wrangell’s inner harbor.

The break happened near the Zimovia Highway and Case Avenue intersection. The Public Works department was notified around 6:30 … more

Wrangell school offers Tlingit language and culture in classroom

Wrangell High School. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Wrangell high school and middle school students will be offered a new language and cultural class this coming school year. Students will be able to learn Tlingit, a language and culture belonging to one of Southeast Alaska’s predominant Native tribes.… more

Southeast pink harvest expected to be below recent years

The dark areas are pink salmon between the falls in the Anan Creek south of Wrangell. Photo courtesy of Troy Thynes

The dark areas are pink salmon between the falls in the Anan Creek south of Wrangell. Photo courtesy of Troy Thynes

The largest salmon harvest in Southeast Alaska, the pink salmon fishery, is ramping up. As Angela Denning reports from … more

Rent a cabin on Zarembo?

Courtesy of the Forest Service

Wrangell residents will soon be able to enjoy the only recreation cabin on Zarembo Island. The Wrangell Ranger District is opening up a former administrative cabin in the next few weeks.

David Rak of the Wrangell district said the Forest … more

Objections to Tongass Forest Plan amendment start rolling in

A Tongass National Forest clearcut is shown in this 2014 aerial view. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

The U.S. Forest Service announced its plan for a 16-year transition toward young-growth Tongass timber harvests in late June. In the midst of the 60-day comment period, industry and environmental groups are starting to submit their objections.

Both the industry … more

Rep. Dan Ortiz stops in Wrangell for Bearfest

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District 36 Representative Dan Ortiz stopped in Wrangell last weekend for Bearfest to meet with constituents. The rookie legislator is up for reelection in November and said Wrangell residents have expressed concern over the $3.5 billion state budget deficit, the more

Fisherman found dead on boat near Wrangell

Charles Richards (photo via Facebook)

A crew member on a fishing vessel west of Wrangell Island was found dead Saturday morning. Wrangell Search and Rescue responded to the scene after the Coast Guard was notified around 5:47 am Saturday.

Charles Richards of Seattle was on … more

Sen. Lisa Murkowski stops in Wrangell for meet & greet

Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks with constituents in Wrangell. (KSTK News, Aaron Bolton)

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is campaigning for reelection to the U.S. Senate. Murkowski is making stops across Southeast to meet with constituents and stopped in Wrangell Wednesday for a meet and greet. KSTK’s Aaron Bolton met with Murkowski after Wednesday’s … more

Path to Prosperity finalist hopes to provide Wrangell fresh produce

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Wrangell could soon be part of the farm-to-table trend. Wrangell resident, Dixie Booker, is a finalist in Sealaska’s Path to Prosperity, a contest for entrepreneurs to get their businesses of the ground. Booker hopes to supply Wrangell with fresh produce.… more

Wrangell’s water shortage causes borough to declare local disaster

Sand filter at Wrangell water plant. (KSTK News, Aaron Bolton)Wrangell is in a water crisis. Between two fish processors and the public, demand is exceeding the water treatment system’s ability to produce clean water. The assembly and borough manager declared a local emergency disaster Tuesday and are asking the public to cut water consumption 30 to 50 percent.