Katarina Sostaric, KSTK - Wrangell


Southeast Businesses Make A Plea to Restore Tongass Rec. Funding

Fifty Southeast Alaska business-owners are asking Congress to give more money to the Tongass National Forest recreation program. Funding for trails, cabins and wildlife-viewing sites has declined in recent years, and tour operators worry the Forest Service won’t be able to maintain the attractions they depend on.

Report lists watersheds, salmon habitat potentially affected by B.C. mines

Thousands of miles of salmon habitat and more than 200 communities across Southeast Alaska and British Columbia could be affected if another mine disaster happens near the border. According to a report released this week by a B.C. First Nations group, 35 tailings ponds in the region are drawing more scrutiny after a mine dam collapsed last summer.

Red Chris Mine waits for final permit

A controversial British Columbia mine upriver from Wrangell and Petersburg is slated to ramp up to full production this summer. But the Red Chris Mine is still waiting for final approval from the B.C. government and a First Nations group.

Red Chris Mine Gets Closer To Full Production

A British Columbia mine upriver from Wrangell and Petersburg is one step closer to full production after reaching a benefits agreement with a First Nation group.

Nevada Man Dies At Logging Site Near Wrangell

A Nevada man was found dead this week at a logging site 12 miles west of Wrangell. Alaska State Troopers were notified around 5 p.m. Tuesday that David Fussell, age 55, died on Zarembo Island.

BC Adds New Requirements for Proposed Mines

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office announced on Thursday that it’s adding new requirements for proposed mines undergoing environmental review. The changes are part of an effort to make mine tailings facilities safer in response to last year’s tailings dam collapse at the Mount Polley mine.

UAS Expanding to Wrangell

The University of Alaska Southeast will have a full-time presence in Wrangell starting this spring. UAS will base a tech prep regional coordinator in the Wrangell Public School District, and officials hope the new arrangement will expand opportunities for students and adults.

Board of Fisheries Chairman Resigns

Alaska Board of Fisheries Chairman Karl Johnstone resigned Tuesday after Gov. Bill Walker said he would not submit his name to the legislature for reappointment. Download Audio

Wrangell Hospital Project Closes Contracts, Starts Fresh

The City and Borough of Wrangell and the Wrangell Medical Center closed a settlement this month with a company formerly contracted to help finance a new hospital building. After the hospital project stalled in 2012 with more than a million dollars spent on contracts, city and hospital officials are hoping for a fresh start. Download Audio

Wrangell Doctor Indicted On Child Porn Charges

A federal grand jury indicted a Wrangell doctor Wednesday on child porn charges. The grand jury charged Wrangell doctor Greg Salard with two felonies for distribution and possession of child pornography. Download Audio

Protesters Block Access To BC Mine As It Nears Completion

A nearly-completed British Columbia mine in the Stikine River watershed is expected to begin full production at the end of this month. Meanwhile, protesters blocking access to the controversial Red Chris mine may be forced out Tuesday. Download Audio

New Boat Lift Expected To Boost Wrangell’s Growing Marine Industry

Wrangell’s new boat lift is the second biggest in Alaska and is expected to boost the former logging town’s growing marine industry. Last week, the 300-ton lift tested its upper limit. Download Audio