Ortiz — who represents Wrangell, Ketchikan, Metlakatla and the southern half of Prince of Wales Island — has consistently backed mariculture as an area for economic growth in the state.
Wrangell Police Chief Tom Radke says the unidentified man drove his Ford pickup past a barrier of boulders and down into the water, completely submerging the vehicle.
In a business survey late last year, the City and Borough of Wrangell found that more than 40% of local businesses said the lack of ferry service was hurting their bottom line.
Wrangell’s first state ferry since last November has been delayed for more than 24 hours due to stormy seas in the Gulf of Alaska.
The U.S. Congress has appropriated more than $3.6 million to monitor transboundary watersheds and for diplomatic efforts in cross-border negotiations with Canada.
Wrangell’s stand-in Christmas tree was well loved while it lasted.
Despite its desultory appearance, the tree has sparked joy.
Coast Guard pilot Justin Neal called it “absolutely the most challenging rescue that I’ve been able to prosecute.”
Wrangell officials say the emergency meeting was sparked by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s emergency alert Thursday morning that buzzed cellphones across the state.
Environmental groups have expressed concern that the Navy does not do enough to mitigate its impact on marine life, from whales and porpoises down to zooplankton.