June Leffler, KSTK - Wrangell
Ketchikan, Petersburg and Wrangell are partially running on diesel to power their towns. That’s because the communities’ available hydropower is at extremely low levels.
Wrangell Medical Center is being transferred to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium this week. As of today, the hospital will be run by SEARHC.
Wrangell’s city manager’s recent decision to hire a sitting Assembly member raised eyebrows. Listen now
Alaska’s elected leaders are pressing the Trump administration to take up the issue of transboundary mining. The renewed push comes ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Canada. Listen now
Wrangell’s upper dam leaks. That in itself isn’t a new development or even dangerous. But there were signs it might be getting worse. So the city hired engineers to check it out. Listen now
Alaska has the second highest rate of suicide in the nation, that’s according to a 2016 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Listen now
The competition is filling in for the town’s king salmon derby, which was cancelled this summer due to severe sport fishing restrictions. Listen now
Shipping costs dictate the price of everything in Alaska. Because of this, every island and coastal town feels the sting of shipping rates. Listen now
The state is running short on money for Medicaid. Until the next fiscal year starts in July, hospitals and other health-care providers won’t get paid for treating much of Alaska’s low-income population. But the state is trying to funnel what money is left to hospitals that could otherwise shut down. Listen now
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is continuing forward in acquiring Wrangell’s hospital. The Native nonprofit plans to build and operate a new hospital in the island town within the next three years. Listen now
Wrangell’s tribe and city have won a year-long fight to protect a fishing stream and popular recreation site. Listen now
The small town of Wrangell is making a big ask for the soon-to-be-finalized state budget. The city and local tribe are asking for an additional $5 million to clean up tons of lead-contaminated soil. Listen now
"This time people aren’t going to be able to fish for quite a while and retain the fish. So this will get people really excited to get on the water and compete.” Listen now
A new, life-saving service has just been added to some medevac aircraft in Southeast Alaska. Airlift Northwest is now offering blood transfusions on two planes stationed in Juneau.
The Wrangell assembly approved a new $9 million water treatment plant last week. The current plant hasn’t met the town’s needs for several years. Listen now
A Wrangell tribe has received federal money to upgrade things like heating, plumbing and roofing for houses and trailers in Wrangell. It’s accepting applications from Native homeowners through the end of next month. Listen now
Lt. Governor Byron Mallot and Sen. Dan Sullivan met with Canadian officials last Sunday and Monday to press for more U.S. input on transboundary mines. Listen now
Anti-bullying campaigns are increasing across the nation. These are bringing to light the scale and impact of harassment in schools. Wrangell Public Schools just rolled out an app to help address that issue. Students can now anonymously report incidents of bullying. Listen now
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