Month: December 2012

Local birders prepare for the Count

For some, Christmas is a time to count your blessings — and to count your birds. The Wrangell community is once again participating in the Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count. The nationwide bird count began 113 years ago and provides scientists a long-term, wide-ranging look at what’s happening with bird populations around the nation. Ornithologists say that birds are indicator species, meaning that changes in bird populations can indicate larger ecosystem and climate changes. Wrangellites have participated in the count for at least 10 years. This year, Bonnie Demerjian is coordinating the event on December 29. The count...

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Evergreen Street improvement project funding may be delayed

The Evergreen Road Improvement project may be delayed by a few more years because of a lack of funding. The project was aimed at solving the street’s structural problems from the ferry terminal to the airport and would have added a sidewalk from the terminal to Petroglyph Beach. It was originally slated for funding on the State Transportation Improvement Project list and would have been built in 2014. Now, the funding has been delayed. Jeff Ottesen is the Director of the Division of Program Development with in the state’s Department of Transportation. He says that the state received significantly less money from the federal government for road projects this year, especially for community roads. Even though the project is not slated for funding during the 2013-2015 STIP cycle, it doesn’t mean the project is completely off the list. “The money to pay for the design work has already been put on the books and the design squads that work here at DOT are already working on that project,” he explained. “They’ll continue until they produce a set of bid-ready documents.” Once the design is complete, the road improvement project will be eligible for any extra, unexpected money that may come the state’s way. “Projects that are bid-ready have been very useful to advance when we suddenly have more money than we originally thought,” Ottesen said. “So I can’t predict...

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Chief Shakes Renovation Update

The renovation of Chief Shakes Tribal House was completed last week and a small gathering held an open house that celebrated the end of the yearlong rebuilding of the historic and culturally significant cedar structure near downtown Wrangell.

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AICS grant explores alcohol usage among local teens, adults

Alaska Island Community Services and the Petersburg Mental Health Trust recently completed a grant that surveyed local teens and adults about their alcohol usage. They learned how teens gain access to alcohol and when adults think enough is enough. KSTK’s Mike Symons learned about the findings and how they will be used....

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