June Leffler, KSTK - Wrangell


Wrangell sees a 50 percent increase in water consumption during cold snap

Water consumption has risen in Wrangell since the recent cold snap. The town is using 150 gallons per minute more than it did last month. That’s about a 50 percent increase in consumption.

As temperatures drop, water consumption rises in Wrangell

Water consumption has risen in Wrangell since the recent cold snap. The town is using 150 gallons per minute more than it did last month. That’s about a 50 percent increase in consumption.

On remote Alaska islands with no DV shelter, victims rely on informal network of safe homes

Island communities for decades have built an informal network of safe homes. These are the personal homes of folks, mostly church-goers, willing to put up a survivor for a night or two.

Wrangell sportsmen, charities hand out a thousand pounds of moose meat

This year the thousand pounds of meat ultimately went to 120 individuals, plus food banks, a school lunch program and community events.

Wrangell’s Fish and Game office due to close

The Southeast Alaska city of Wrangell stands to lose its Fish and Game office. That’s due to cost-cutting under Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget. Local officials aren’t taking the news lying down.

Wrangell mayor urges US Senate to keep federal funds flowing

The PILT program, or Payment in Lieu of Taxes, funnels about $30 million a year to Alaska municipalities. Secure Rural Schools sends almost $11 million, primarily to Southeast Alaska. Wrangell Mayor Steve Prysunka says it’s essential for school districts.

Southeast Alaska businesses scammed with fake cash

Authorities aren’t calling it counterfeit, since the fake bills were likely purchased online as play money. Still, the cash was realistic enough to dupe a few cashiers in Wrangell.

The last Forest Service ranger boat in Alaska, built in 1925, will become a museum in Wrangell

The M/V Chugach near Baranof Island. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service) A rare wooden ranger boat once used by the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska’s national...

Coast Guard’s VHF signal down for much of coastal Alaska

The outages are affecting Prince William Sound all the way down to Sitka and other Southeast communities.

To reduce staff turnover, Wrangell hospital takes home-grown hiring approach

The idea is to reduce staff turnover in the Southeast hospital by empowering — and ultimately hiring — people with roots in the community.

In Wrangell, cemetery space is running out

Wrangell’s Memorial Cemetery circa 1930. It was previously the Redmen’s cemetery. (Photo courtesy of City of Wrangell) Wrangell is about the last place anyone would consider crowded —...

B.C. proposes adopting UN standards for Native self-determination

Some members of the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission hope B.C. will also take the interests of Alaska Natives into account.

Ferry service linking Ketchikan to Prince Rupert, B.C. temporarily restored

State ferries have added two special sailings as officials on both sides of the border work on a long-term solution to an an impasse over border security.

‘Landless’ tribes stake out selections in the Tongass

The parcels total 115,000 acres selected for their cultural significance, road or marine access and natural beauty or food supply.

A Wrangell man’s unlikely DIY case against city hall is headed for trial

In Wrangell, a former candidate for mayor is fighting city hall via a handwritten lawsuit alleging cronyism in the City and Borough of Wrangell

Wrangell moves forward on new water treatment plant

The new plant should be up in running in three years.

Sportsmen, charities to distribute moose meat in Wrangell

When a hunter illegally kills a moose, the meat will be confiscated, processed by a local butcher and distributed as food for low-income families, seniors and Alaska Natives in the community.

$500,000 campaign underway for the Southeast ‘landless’ tribes

Southeast Alaska's landless tribal communities aim to form five new village corporations out of 115,000 acres of Tongass National Forest.

Wrangell aims to put itself on the virtual map

Wrangell’s local government recently Googled itself. And didn’t like what it saw. Now, the city is working with a contractor to brush up its online image.

Grassroots group restores creeks in Southeast

The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition recently trudged through one of Wrangell’s streams to improve fish passage. It’s one of many projects throughout Southeast to give salmon a helping hand.