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 By Dan Rudy    News    April 19, 2018 

Monofill update set for Tuesday evening

A work session on the Byford monofill between the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and City and Borough of Wrangell has been scheduled for next week. Around 18,500 cubic yards of treated, lead-contaminated soil is slated to be interred...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 19, 2018 

Emergency response receives first Walker Foundation grant

Wrangell's emergency services were the recipients of the first-ever grant from the Walker Foundation, a benevolent fund established after the acquisition of Alaska Island Community Services last year...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 19, 2018 

Tribe to get own offices with renovation project

Wrangell Cooperative Association began work on renovating new office space last week. Workers began knocking down walls and pulling up old materials from a multiplex apartment at the corner of Wood...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 19, 2018 

21st annual Birding Festival set for next week

Wrangell’s annual birding festival is gearing up for a week of activities late next week. This year’s Stikine River Birding Festival will be the 21st, put on cooperatively each year by Wrangell’s Convention and Visitor Bureau and the United...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Wrangell catches senator's ear on SE visit

Sen. Dan Sullivan stopped into Wrangell for a lightning tour Friday, arriving on the morning jet and taking off that afternoon for Ketchikan. His visit to Wrangell was the first since being sworn in,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Lancaster chosen as new school superintendent

The presses were on hold early Wednesday morning as Wrangell Public School District announced its decision regarding the next superintendent. The WPSD Board has selected candidate Debbe Lancaster for the position, who will begin July 1. The board...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Superintendent finalists converge on school district

Three finalists for the Wrangell Public School District superintendent position made a joint visit to the island earlier this week. Patricia Hutcherson, Debbe Lancaster and Bill Schildbach were the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Palmer siblings learn in Ecuador after Wrangell fundraisers

A pair of Anchorage-area students were able to take the trip of a lifetime last month, heading to Ecuador with their class on a service learning trip. Mother Kara Carey said her children, daughter Tay...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Time for spring cleaning around the island

The snow around Wrangell has at last abated, temperatures are above freezing once again and spring is in the air. Left behind in the sweep of this seasonal change, a winter’s worth of litter, rubbish and debris have reappeared along city streets...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Workplace safety takes higher priority on city to-do list

Not on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, safety procedures among city workers developed into a topic for discussion for the City and Borough Assembly. After delivering her regular borough manager’s report, Lisa Von Bargen took a moment to absorb...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

King salmon sport fishery closed down for coming months

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced late last week the extent of its expected king salmon sport fishing restrictions for this season. The region wide closure to retention of Chinook began...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Steering committee to chart course for WMC's future

An important roundtable discussion on the future of public health care provision in Wrangell is set for this weekend, followed by a community meeting Monday night. At the behest of the City and Borough Assembly, a steering committee made up of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Superintendent candidates in town Monday for public meeting

Wrangell Public School District has narrowed the field in its search for a new school superintendent. Current superintendent Patrick Mayer informed the WPSD Board in February his intention to move on after finishing out the current academic year....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Kingless, Chamber suggests late-summer coho derby

The Chamber of Commerce’s annual king salmon derby has been cancelled, it announced last week, following emergency management orders issued by the Department of Fish and Game (see king salmon story). A tradition for over 60 years, initially the mon...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Rehabilitation of Evergreen Avenue going ahead

The Department of Transportation is finally able to get started on a major Wrangell road repaving project. Perforated by potholes, the borough’s Evergreen Avenue will finally be resurfaced and repaired, with pedestrian improvements and other fixes....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Water alert level lowers to Stage II watch

The city has lowered its alert stage level for water conservation, dropping from its red-level Stage III stance to an intermediate Stage II. Citing dwindling supplies at its reservoirs, on March 13...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

School safety big focus at monthly board meeting

Safety was the watchword of last week’s meeting of the Public School Board, with parents and staff alike weighing in on security at Wrangell’s public schools. The crux of their concern was an incident involving a high school student on February...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Documentary highlights continued need for tighter mining oversight

A free showing of a documentary highlighting the hazards of mining on transboundary rivers drew a pretty decent crowd Monday evening, with seats at the Nolan Center filling up fast. Released last...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

City staff undergoing ALICE response training

Residents and city employees sat in on some crisis response training sessions last week, outlining proactive responses to conflict. James Nelson, now working as an officer with Wrangell's Forest...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Take a letter: SEARHC-hospital partnership to be explored further

The Borough Assembly in a special meeting last week adopted a letter outlining its intent to potentially partner up with Southeast Alaska Rural Health Consortium on Wrangell’s hospital. Held on March 22, the early evening meeting covered some of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Dissolved air flotation plant given go-ahead by borough, funding sought

In a special meeting of the City and Borough Assembly on March 15, members finally moved ahead toward replacing Wrangell’s water treatment plant. The outdated plant has had a number of production problems over the years, starting not long after...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Literacy program encourages reading and culture

Wrangell's Head Start program will be opening its doors to families Friday evening as part of a recent educational collaboration between Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Tlingit and Haida Central...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Meter position rewrite grounded by assembly

Revisiting an issue held over from its March 13 meeting, the City and Borough Assembly on Tuesday dug back into redefining job descriptions for a unionized electrical position. Being proposed is a modification to the groundman/meter reading position...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 22, 2018

Language loss getting notice in Alaska communities

The Alaska House on Monday passed a concurrent resolution that would urge Gov. Bill Walker to declare a state of "linguistic emergency" for Native languages. HCR 19 passed by 34-4 and will be taken up...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 22, 2018

Anan rebuild to be unveiled this evening

Residents, guides and other users of the facilities at Anan Creek are encouraged to chime in tonight on a conceptualized redesign of its wildlife observatory. Just to its south on the mainland,...

 

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