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New city manager search winnows field to three

Wrangell has narrowed the field for its new borough manager, with city staff and members of the Borough Assembly holding a teleconference with five candidates during a closed-door meeting Friday....

Bill to restore PFD cuts

JUNEAU (AP) – Bills that would restore the portion of Alaskans’ oil wealth checks that were cut by Gov. Bill Walker last year were filed Monday, ahead of the start of the new legislative session. The legislation to restore dividends was...

P&Z hammers out Harbor House permitting

Following a contentious meeting last week, the Planning and Zoning Commission held a follow-up workshop Tuesday evening to address neighbors concerns about a proposed senior housing and assisted care facility. With 30 people sitting in, the meeting...

School budget and communication top board's agenda

Wrangell Public School District unveiled its first draft for next year’s operating budget at its board’s Monday evening meeting. Overall, the school district’s budget is projected to be 2.3 percent higher than the FY17 revised budget, coming...

Floathouse removal still at standstill

The state has so far not received any applications from a number of floathouse owners contacted last autumn. Since October, the Department of Natural Resources has been reaching out to identified owners of floating facilities anchored along the...

State sues two federal agencies over hunting restrictions

ANCHORAGE (AP) – The state of Alaska on Friday sued two federal agencies to overturn a ban on certain hunting techniques on national refuges and preserves, including the killing of black bear sows and their cubs in dens with the aid of artificial...

Legislators see urgency in budget, but face rifts

JUNEAU (AP) – Alaska legislators agree on the need to address the state’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit. But rifts remain over how best to do that, with divisions forming over taxes, how much to keep cutting spending and whether the state...

Chum release in Thomas Bay given green light

PETERSBURG – ­An application for an Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) permit alteration to release 40 million chum salmon in Thomas Bay brought forth by the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) has been approved....

Mariculture task force preparing statewide plan

A state task force set up to further develop a sustainable mariculture industry is setting up several advisory committees as part of that process. The Alaska Mariculture Task Force was set up by Gov. Bill Walker following recommendations by the...

Legislative battle over budget set for new session

Alaska’s 30th Legislature convened for its new session on Tuesday, with the state’s finances presenting a daunting challenge for the next 90 days. The spending deficit is projected at around $3.1 billion this year if the budget is left as-is....

Boys take two hosting Haines

Wrangell High School's boys basketball team chalked up a pair of wins over Haines last week. "We saw some definite good things," said Wolves coach Ray Stokes. In Wednesday night's game, they took an...

Girls split in Haines games

Wrangell's high school girls basketball team added a win and a loss to their season, playing in Haines over the weekend. "It was a pretty tough weekend overall," said team coach Laurie Brown. The...

The Way We Were

January 18, 1917: On Tuesday evening a banquet was given at the Wrangell hotel by several of the business men in honor of the Wrangell basketball team. Cash Coulter was apparently the one who originated the idea, and saw that it was carried out. It...

Alaska fish continues to be fallout-free

ANCHORAGE (AP) – State officials have announced that tests of Alaska seafood continue to show no detectable amounts of radiation, five years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami set off a nuclear disaster at a Japanese power plant. More than...

Fish Factor

As lawmakers convene this week in Juneau, Alaska’s fishing industry sees a glimmer of hope that its budget won’t be gutted again. Under Governor Walker’s proposed budget for FY18, the commercial fisheries division of the Alaska Dept. of Fish...

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