June Leffler, KSTK - Wrangell


Alaska delegation urges Pompeo to take up transboundary mining concerns

Alaska’s elected leaders are pressing the Trump administration to take up the issue of transboundary mining. The renewed push comes ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Canada. Listen now

After signs of concern, City of Wrangell says there’s no near threat to island’s dams

Wrangell’s upper dam leaks. That in itself isn’t a new development or even dangerous. But there were signs it might be getting worse. So the city hired engineers to check it out. Listen now

Wrangell resident shares her story for World Suicide Prevention Day

Alaska has the second highest rate of suicide in the nation, that’s according to a 2016 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Listen now

With king restrictions, Wrangell tries out new Coho derby

The competition is filling in for the town’s king salmon derby, which was cancelled this summer due to severe sport fishing restrictions. Listen now

Spike in shipping costs has Southeast businesses up in arms

Shipping costs dictate the price of everything in Alaska. Because of this, every island and coastal town feels the sting of shipping rates. Listen now

As Medicaid funds dry up, Wrangell and other rural hospitals are still receiving payments for now

The state is running short on money for Medicaid. Until the next fiscal year starts in July, hospitals and other health-care providers won’t get paid for treating much of Alaska’s low-income population. But the state is trying to funnel what money is left to hospitals that could otherwise shut down. Listen now

SEARHC looking to pay between $25 to $40 million for new Wrangell hospital

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is continuing forward in acquiring Wrangell’s hospital. The Native nonprofit plans to build and operate a new hospital in the island town within the next three years. Listen now

A victory for Wrangell’s tribe, state says no dumping near Pat’s Lake

Wrangell’s tribe and city have won a year-long fight to protect a fishing stream and popular recreation site. Listen now

Despite governor’s request, legislators question pricier option for Wrangell cleanup

The small town of Wrangell is making a big ask for the soon-to-be-finalized state budget. The city and local tribe are asking for an additional $5 million to clean up tons of lead-contaminated soil. Listen now

Wrangell gets first pot dispensary

Wrangell’s first marijuana dispensary opened this week. Listen now

Wrangell cancels its 65-year-old King Salmon Derby

"This time people aren’t going to be able to fish for quite a while and retain the fish. So this will get people really excited to get on the water and compete.” Listen now

Seattle-based medevac operator adds life-saving service for Alaskans

A new, life-saving service has just been added to some medevac aircraft in Southeast Alaska. Airlift Northwest is now offering blood transfusions on two planes stationed in Juneau.

Wrangell assembly approves new $9 million water plant

The Wrangell assembly approved a new $9 million water treatment plant last week. The current plant hasn’t met the town’s needs for several years. Listen now

Wrangell declares water emergency

City officials say the Southeast community has about one month of supply left. They’re asking residents to cut way back on use. Listen now

WCA gets $600,000 to upgrade native homes in Wrangell

A Wrangell tribe has received federal money to upgrade things like heating, plumbing and roofing for houses and trailers in Wrangell. It’s accepting applications from Native homeowners through the end of next month. Listen now

Lt. Governor Mallot and Sen. Sullivan talk transboundary mining with Canadian officials

Lt. Governor Byron Mallot and Sen. Dan Sullivan met with Canadian officials last Sunday and Monday to press for more U.S. input on transboundary mines. Listen now

Wrangell schools roll out anonymous, anti-bullying app

Anti-bullying campaigns are increasing across the nation. These are bringing to light the scale and impact of harassment in schools. Wrangell Public Schools just rolled out an app to help address that issue. Students can now anonymously report incidents of bullying. Listen now

Staggeringly low forecasts for king salmon in the Stikine

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game expects considerably lower numbers of Chinook salmon for the Stikine and Taku Rivers. Listen now

Wrangell Borough and local tribe look to relocate junkyard soil

The Wrangell Borough and local tribe are working together to find a new location for tons of lead-contaminated soil. Almost 20,000 cubic yards of treated soil is slated to be hauled from the old Byford Junkyard to a rock quarry near Pat’s Lake.