Month: February 2012

Assembly votes on budget, roof for new hospital

Wrangell’s Borough Assembly met for a regular meeting Tuesday, February 28th. At the forefront of discussion was Wrangell’s replacement hospital facility project. Assembly members approved the project’s budget as well as the roof design of the new facility.

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Wrangell questions future of hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently denied Cascade Creek LLC a permit to continue studying the development of a hydroelectric power plant in Thomas Bay Northeast of Petersburg. The end of the private company’s licensing process could mean that Wrangell might never get back its financial contribution to the project. KSTK’s Charlotte Duren talks with former Assembly members about what the City plans to do if the project does not move forward.

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Biologist expands bat study region-wide

The state and U.S. Forest Service are partnering in a study of bats in Southeast Alaska. The state Department of Fish and Game will strategically place acoustic detectors in several communities, to monitor bat activity over the next year. Biologists say little is known about bats in Southeast. And with many dying in the lower 48 from a fungal disease, this study could give scientists a better idea of their future in Alaska.

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