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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

Canoes Arrive In Wrangell

People have been arriving in Wrangell for this weekend’s rededication of the Chief Shake’s Island house. KSTK’s Shady Grove Oliver has this story on the canoes that came for the event.

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May 3, 2013 - 4:30 pm
Canoes in Kake – Photo courtesy of Arlene Buxton and the One People Canoe Society Facebook page.

Sealaska Canoe Lost En Route To Wrangell

Several canoe groups are paddling down the Inside Passage to Wrangell for the Shakes Island Rededication event this week.

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April 29, 2013 - 5:42 pm
AK: John Muir

AK: John Muir

Muir is one of the most renowned naturalists of the last two centuries. President Theodore Roosevelt turned to Muir when planning America’s first National Parks. In the late 1800s, Muir decided to journey to the far north. And the first stop on his great Alaskan expedition was Wrangell Island in the Inside Passage. KSTK’s Shady Grove Oliver traces the history of Muir in Wrangell from his first steps on the island to his continued influence today.

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March 22, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Selle-Rea Responds To Settlement; WMC Board On Privacy

A settlement has been reached in a Wrangell Borough lawsuit. The Borough of Wrangell will receive information and financial compensation. Noel Selle-Rea will keep his severance package from the Medical Center.

February 22, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Wrangell Café Combating Hunger

A Wrangell café is combating hunger. For about 13 weeks per year, it donates its Monday night profits to a charity that works to end child hunger in the United States. On those nights, it also gives patrons a good meal for whatever they are willing to pay.

February 19, 2013 - 5:21 pm
Photo from KSTK - Wrangell.

AK: Repair

There are thousands of miles of fiberoptic cables snaking along the ocean floor. They bring telephone service, television, and the Internet to much of world. When an earthquake struck off the coast of Southeast Alaska in January, the cables that provide Internet to Wrangell were damaged. And a cable repair ship, called the Wave Venture, was called in to help. KSTK’s Shady Grove Oliver went onboard the unique ship to get a closer look at cable repair.

February 8, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Series Of Southeast Quakes Garner Scientific Interest

Several earthquakes have shaken up Southeast Alaska since last fall. KSTK’s Shady Grove Oliver spoke with an earthquake physicist about why these latest quakes are of particular interest to scientists.

February 5, 2013 - 5:10 pm