The Wrangell Cooperative Association has six months to find $12 million to ship 18,500 cubic yards of lead-contaminated dirt out of Wrangell. If it doesn’t, the state will truck the dirty soil to a local hazardous waste site it says can hold the material safely for hundreds of years.
Representative Dan Ortiz will cram school visits, tax discussions and a few odd jobs into a two-day visit to Wrangell this weekend. The independent District 36 representative will visit Evergreen Elementary School and Wrangell High School today (Friday). He’ll also meet the Wrangell Borough manager about a state-planned cleanup of lead-contaminated soil from the old Byford Junkyard. And he’s going to meet with elected officials.
A group of Southeast Native organizations is planning for the impacts of climate change. Representatives of the region’s tribal governments will discuss global warming and other topics at their annual environmental conference Sept. 5-8 in Wrangell.