Author: Aaron Bolton, KSTK News

Boat racing may return to Wrangell this Fourth of July

Boat racing may return to Wrangell’s Fourth of July celebration this year. The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce puts on several events to celebrate Independence Day.  Races ended about 20 years ago due to an injury, and obtaining insurance for the event has been an issue since. Event Co-Chairman John Waddington says the chamber has been trying to bring back the event for several years. “In the past, the boat races were a big hit. They were something that people from Petersburg would come over to participate in,” Waddington noted. There would be five different events for boaters to participate in....

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Members appointed to Mariner’s Memorial committee

The Port Commission appointed two community members to a special committee to oversee a Mariner’s Memorial intended for Heritage Harbor Thursday. Brennan Eagle and Gig Decker, both commercial fishermen, were appointed to the committee. It will consist of two port commissioners and three members of the public. Port commissioners John Yeager and John Martin will also sit on the committee. The panel will seek funding for the memorial and keep the public updated on its progress. The commission received final plans for the memorial in 2015. The estimated cost is $332,000. Yeager told KSTK in a previous interview that...

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Sourdough Lodge to be assisted-living facility

Wrangell may see a new senior and assisted living facility come to fruition this year. The 16-bedroom Old Sourdough Lodge, a 36-year-old bed and breakfast, is under new ownership and is being converted to house Wrangell’s seniors. Shannon Bosdell and Daniel Blake purchased the Old Sourdough Lodge in late December. The new facility will be named Harbor House. Bosdell, who previously owned and managed assisted living facilities for 15 years, moved to Wrangell four years ago to retire, but started contemplating the idea of starting the operation after he saw the need. “I saw there was such a need,...

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A year in review: Wrangell’s biggest stories of 2016

2016 took a somber tone early on with an Angoon plane crash killing three Wrangellites. The pilot of the Cessna 206, David Galla, and passengers Greg Scheff and Thomas Siekawtich died in the April crash. Survivor Morgan Enright went through months of rehab and returned to Alaska to continue rehab in October. “It’s nice just to relax and be home. I know I’m going back to work in Angoon here in a couple of days, but it’s definitely nice to see familiar faces at home, just hanging out and starting care here,” said Enright while visiting friends and family...

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Alaska, B.C. detail transboundary mine pact

Alaska and British Columbia are working out details of how they will handle transboundary mine concerns. They’re figuring out how to coordinate the work of monitoring and permitting on both sides of the border. http://www.kstk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/21MinesFolo-L.mp3 A statement of cooperation between the state and the province signed in early October promised openness, transparency and increased environmental monitoring. Now begins the work of meeting those goals. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott heads up the state’s effort to address concerns about British Columbia mines near rivers that flow into Southeast Alaska. He said state and provincial officials met via teleconference meeting Dec. 16. “We’re trying to create a...

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