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Shady Grove Oliver, KSTK - Wrangell

Wrangell Hospital Renovations Don’t Preclude New Facility

Like many hospitals in Southeast Alaska, Wrangell Medical Center is starting to look its age. A brand new hospital is still the long-term plan, but for now, the building is getting a much-needed makeover.

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April 16, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Paddle Making Workshop Illuminates State’s High Suicide Rate

Suicide rates in Alaskan communities are some of the highest in the country. Last weekend, the One People Canoe Society held a two-day paddle-making workshop in Wrangell. As part of the workshop, participants attended a behavioral health course on suicide prevention. Its goal is to bring communities together to both learn a traditional art and talk about a contemporary problem.

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March 20, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Salty Dog Rally Swaggers To Southeast This Summer

The Salty Dog yacht rally is coming to Alaska this summer. Wrangell is the official end point of the rally and will be the hub of boats and merriment for four days in June.

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February 20, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Coast Guard, ADEC Respond To Sunken Tug

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Coast Guard are still monitoring the site where a tug boat sank and leaked diesel fuel near Wrangell last week.

January 21, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Technology Gives Exhibit Statewide Presence

This week, you can travel to the Anchorage museum without going further than the local public library.

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January 7, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Furloughed Employees Struggle To Pay Bills

Federal workers who have been furloughed will likely be paid retroactively once the shutdown is over. And government employees who are remaining on the job during the shutdown will be paid for their work eventually, but they don’t know when. For Alaska families living paycheck to paycheck, that’s a severe hardship.

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October 7, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Municipal Elections Held Across State

Municipalities across the state held elections Tuesday. Homer’s ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags went into effect January 1st but nine months later, the ban appears to be history. Homer residents voted to repeal the ban in yesterday’s municipal election.

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October 2, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Wrangell Voters Decide Against Sales Tax Decrease

About 600 voters took to the polls in Tuesday’s elections. Incumbent mayor David Jack will keep his position for another year after receiving three-quarters of the vote.

October 2, 2013 - 7:45 am

Marine Weather Forecasts Remain Available

Many Alaskans live their lives by the weather. But how will the government shutdown affect the organizations that provide weather information to the state?

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October 1, 2013 - 5:28 pm
AK: Baby Boost

AK: Baby Boost

As in many small towns in Alaska, there are no babies delivered in Wrangell’s hospital. Expectant mothers have to leave town to give birth. When they return, there aren’t many services to help them adjust to life with a new baby. Hannah’s Place is a non-profit that provides free courses for expecting couples and new parents. In exchange for taking these classes, parents have access to a “free” store that has nearly everything an infant needs.

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September 27, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Wrangell Voters Consider Sales Tax Decrease

A ballot initiative to lower Wrangell’s city sales tax by 1.5 percent is up for a vote of the public in the Oct. 1 general elections.

September 26, 2013 - 11:02 am

Wrangell Residents Want New Hospital

Wrangell Medical Center has faced a number of issues over the past few years. Finances, personnel turnover, and design changes stalled the plans for building a new hospital. But now, the plans are back on the table. And the hospital and its board of directors think the project is heading in the right direction.

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August 26, 2013 - 5:54 pm

Wrangell in the Picture for Nat Geo Traveler

Wrangell will soon be featured in National Geographic Traveler Magazine. KSTK’s Shady Grove Oliver caught up with the photographer working on the article yesterday and sent back this report.

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August 22, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Camp Near Wrangell Teaches Tlingit Culture, Language

The town of Wrangell, once called the “sleeping giant,” has seen an awakening of its native culture and history. It began with the Shakes tribal house rededication in May. Last month, it hosted both a national traditional foods conference and a Tlingit basketball camp for kids.

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August 19, 2013 - 5:45 pm

No Rain Means Burn Ban For Wrangell Residents

It’s August, the sun’s out, and people are hitting the beaches in bathing suits. That’s a great summer by Southeast standards, but it comes with a downside.

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August 14, 2013 - 4:07 pm
Wrangell Sawmill Burns

Wrangell Sawmill Burns

One of the last major sawmill operations in Wrangell has been destroyed by fire. Mike Allen Enterprizes burned to the ground in Tuesday’s mid-afternoon fire at 13 Mile Zimovia Highway.

August 2, 2013 - 10:20 am

Former Wrangell Hospital CEO Appointed Interim SEARHC Director

Former Wrangell Medical Center CEO, Noel Selle-Rea, has been named the interim administrator for the Southeast Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

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July 16, 2013 - 5:18 pm
Rusty and Raymond demonstrate their game, War Command. Photo by Shady Grove Oliver, KSTK - Wrangell.

AK: Game Entrepreneurs

Hundreds of years in the future, Earth is rendered uninhabitable. Brothers Raymond and Rusty Hayes are battling for survival. Their weapons? A board, a deck of cards, and some dice. KSTK’s Shady Grove Oliver takes us inside the world of War Command.

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July 12, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Traditional Foods Program Hosts Gathering In Wrangell

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Traditional Foods Program is hosting a gathering this week in Wrangell.

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June 20, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Hundreds Gather For Shakes Island Clan House Rededication

Wrangell’s Shakes Island Clan House was rededicated over the weekend. Hundreds of visitors from across Alaska, Canada, and the Lower 48 poured into the small island town to witness the historic event.

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May 8, 2013 - 5:25 pm