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4th special session to look at income tax and crime bill

The Alaska Legislature heads back to Juneau for a fourth special session on Monday. By proclamation of Gov. Bill Walker on September 22, lawmakers will have two bills to consider during their 30-day extra session. One will be Senate Bill 54, which...

Moose season breaks unit records at 117

Hunters still have until tomorrow to get their harvest reports in, but the 2017 moose hunt has already broken the RM038 district record. As of Tuesday afternoon some 117 animals had been logged by...

Local 5K highlights problem of continued slavery

A group of residents last weekend took part in a march meant to remind the community that slavery is still a problem in the world today. The United Nations' International Labour Organization...

City junkyard accepting scrap gratis

The Sanitation Department announced it will be waiving fees for disposal of scrap metal for the next few weeks, ahead of a planned arrangement to remove salvageable scrap from the island next month. Beginning last week at the recommendation of the...

Longer waits expected with new airport screenings

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced last week it will be implementing new, stronger carry-on baggage security screening procedures at airports in Southeast Alaska. The new procedures have already taken effect at Juneau...

Letter offers few options for Byford removal

Options for finding an alternative site to a monofill selected by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation last year are limited, according to an exchange between it and the City and Borough last month. Around 18,350 cubic yards of...

Grocery store bids farewell to long-serving manager

A local grocery store bid official farewell to its manager of nearly 50 years. Since March of 1968, Chet Powell made sure the shelves at Wrangell's City Market were properly stocked and its employees ...

Schools serving up something new at lunch

Wrangell Public School District has been trying something new for lunch this year, enlisting local kitchens to keep students at the middle and high schools fed. Five private food services have...

Drama, Debate and Forensics makes first meet in Juneau

The local debate team made its way to Juneau for its first of five meets scheduled for the season. The two-day event was held at Juneau-Douglas High School last Friday and Saturday, and a pared-down group from Wrangell’s debate, drama and...

Health insurance marketplace enrollment starts Nov. 1

The open enrollment period for obtaining or changing insurance plans through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace has been shortened this year to just six weeks, a regional health provider cautioned...

Wolves have good weekend in home opener

The 2017 Tom Sims Invitational last weekend saw six of seven Wrangell wrestlers make the finals, with four of them taking first placements in their weight brackets. "It was a great tournament," said...

The Way We Were

October 25, 1917: An enjoyable event in Native circles on Monday night was a dance given by the crews of the gas boats “Albatross” and “Lake Bay” in honor of the local members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood. The dance was held in the band...

Dan's Dispatch

Last Thursday, I hosted a town hall in Ketchikan to discuss the revenue options for the upcoming special session. Our primary topic was Governor Walker’s wage and self-employment tax bill that he submitted for the Legislature’s consideration. I...

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