June Leffler, KSTK - Wrangell


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.

Gov. Dunleavy eliminates funding for low income Senior Benefits Program

Alaska’s low-income seniors stand to lose cash assistance from the state. That’s following Governor Mike Dunleavy’s line item veto eliminating about $20.8 million for the Senior Benefits payment Program.

With 12 gray whale deaths in Alaska waters, biologists race to find the cause

Biologists in Southeast Alaska are racing to examine a wave of whale carcasses to try and find what’s killing gray whales up and down the Pacific Coast. Nearly 170 have been reported triggering NOAA Fisheries to launch an investigation.
Wrangell’s mayor. Steve Prysunka. circulated this image on social media. It shows the lack of water running into Wrangell’s reservoirs. (Photo Courtesy of City of Wrangell)

Rain a respite for Southeast water conservation measures

“If you've got to wash your car, wash your boat, please feel free to do that while the reservoirs are spilling over right now,” Wrangell City Manager Lisa Von Bargen says.
A gray whale carcass was found near Wrangell Island. (Photo courtesy and of Ceona Koch)

Dead gray whale near Wrangell located and secured

The discovery is important as it will allow federal scientists to study it before decomposition sets in.

In a rainforest, Southeast Alaska towns face extreme drought

Believe it or not… one of the worst droughts in the nation is in Southeast Alaska. That’s according to federal meteorologists.