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 By Dan Rudy    News    May 10, 2018

Roadside cleanup part of wider sweep on illegal dumpsites

As the city tries to contend with junk vehicles and collected waste (see Assembly story), other efforts to clean up Wrangell’s act have been underway. In April annual community-wide cleanup of parks and roadsides were undertaken by volunteers for...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 10, 2018

Wetlands mapping could encourage fish and development both

A regional nonprofit will be conducting a survey of Wrangell’s watersheds this summer in an attempt to encourage wetlands conservation. Angie Flickinger is the Wrangell area coordinator for Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, a regional...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 3, 2018

Monofill moving forward next week

Construction of a designated monofill site to store treated soil from a contaminated site cleanup will begin next week, after nine months’ delay. To be interred at a state-owned rock pit off Pats Creek Road, the site will house around 18,500 cubic...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 3, 2018

Nine return from Close Up trip to DC and NYC

Wrangell high schoolers participating in this year's Close Up trip to Washington D.C. and New York City returned on Monday, after spending more than a week on the East Coast. Taking off on the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 3, 2018

Abandoned carmageddon in neutral as city weighs options

The city is inching toward a planned purge of the island’s abandoned vehicles and assorted clutter. The unsightly problem has been a longstanding issue in public parking spaces such as at Shoemaker Bay Harbor, with unroadworthy vehicles left there...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 3, 2018

Citizen science a push of this year's bird festival

At last week's 21st annual Stikine River Birding Festival, increasing public involvement in conservation efforts was a strong theme. The festival's focus always centers around the diverse bird...

 By Dan Rudy    Sports    May 3, 2018

Swim Club sends three to state olympics

Three athletes from Wrangell Swim Club competed with 450 other swimmers from around the state last weekend, participating at the Alaska Junior Olympics in Anchorage. Coach Jamie Roberts reported it wa...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 3, 2018

Stikine king salmon subsistence fishery to be closed

The Federal Subsistence Board announced on Monday it will be closing its Chinook salmon subsistence fishery in the Stikine River this year due to low expected returns. Under the authority delegated...

 By Dan Rudy    About Town    April 26, 2018

Assembly to tackle budget at upcoming workshops

Next week the Wrangell Assembly is scheduled to parse over its line items and budget figures for the coming fiscal year. Bound drafts were handed out to members at their Tuesday evening meeting, to digest before a pair of sessions set for May 1 and...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 26, 2018

Torch run to raise travel funds for Olympic meet

A five-kilometer run will be held later next month to benefit participants in this year's Special Olympics. Special Olympics Alaska is a state chapter of the wider program that provides year-round...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 26, 2018

Updated senior resources booklet now available

A directory aimed at assisting the community’s seniors has recently been put out by Hospice of Wrangell. Finished last month, the 2018 Wrangell Senior Resource Directory identifies various support services that could be of use to members of that...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 26, 2018

New director at the Senior Center

There's a new face behind the big desk at Wrangell Senior Center. Leeann Martin took over management at the local center on March 19, having previously worked IT for the school system. Originally...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 26, 2018

Without principals: administrative transition ahead for WPSD

Wrangell Public School District learned last week its secondary school principal, Bill Schwan, will be departing after the current academic year ends. His departure is the latest among the district’s top administrators. At Evergreen Elementary,...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 26, 2018

Economic designation a potential opportunity for Wrangell

Wrangell was last week granted a special economic designation by the state along with 24 other Alaskan communities. The Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development named the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 26, 2018

Monofill likely a go, though capital appropriation for transport possible

The City and Borough Assembly met with a delegation of the state’s project leads and contractors associated with the former Byford yard cleanup. The purpose of the session was for the Department of...

 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...


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