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 By Dan Rudy    News    April 27, 2017

Assembly to look into metering water hook-ups

At its regularly-scheduled meeting Tuesday evening, the City and Borough Assembly revisited the water crisis that potentially looms over the coming summer. Public Works director Amber Al-Haddad reported efforts to “plunge” two of the plant’s...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 27, 2017

Senior student graphs glacier recession for capstone project

Wrapping up the spring Chautauqua season at the Nolan Center this year, a Wrangell school senior presented the findings by her classmates and herself mapping the movements of Shakes Glacier. Located...

 

The Way We Were

May 3, 1917: Civic Improvement Club believes that a creditable display of flowers and vegetables could be shown in early fall. It has been suggested that a small fair be held in Wrangell at the close of the contest which the Civic Club announced...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 27, 2017

Schools adopt $5.86M budget for 2017/18

Wrangell Public Schools has adopted a final draft budget for the coming year. Meeting Monday evening at Evergreen Elementary School, the board voted to approve the third draft, which projects expenditures totaling $5,860,894. Attendance for the year...

 

Police reports

Monday, April 17 Control burn: Caller stated they will be burning. Tuesday, April 18 Road Complaint Agency Assist: Report about a creek running brown. PW notified. Report of harassing phone calls. Found property. Wednesday, April 19 Driving...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 27, 2017

Cruise ship arrival marks start of visitor season

With the arrival of the Wilderness Adventurer on Tuesday, a sunnier outlook for the local economy breaks the clouds of Wrangell's off-season. The 160-foot vessel is operated by UnCruise Adventures in...

 

Obituary, Clifford O. White 1925 -2016

Clifford Orlando White, 91, passed away on Christmas Day, 2016 in Des Moines, Washington. Clifford was a longtime resident in Wrangell, Alaska, and considered it his home. Clifford was born on... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 27, 2017

Going to the dogs: wine tasting benefits SAR program

A number of Wrangell residents stepped out Friday for a bit of culture, partaking in a wine tasting fundraiser. Held at Rayme's Bar, proceeds from the 14-varietal sampling went to the local search...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 27, 2017

New beach site records high PSP toxin readings

Last week Wrangell’s Indian Environmental General Assistance Program office issued an alert regarding potentially dangerous shellfish. Readings for butter clam samples taken from the south side of Zarembo Island earlier this month came back...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 27, 2017

Hospital designs still being drafted, cost hammered down

In its monthly meeting the Wrangell Medical Center Board learned progress continues to be made in drawing up plans for a new hospital. Hospital chief executive officer Robert Rang informed the board that architects with Juneau firm Jensen Yorba Lott...

 

Walker offers help in brokering fiscal fix

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – With Alaska legislative leaders at odds over how to best address the state’s multibillion-dollar deficit, Gov. Bill Walker on Tuesday offered his help in hopes of nudging talks forward. Walker said he has invited House and S...

 

At 83, lone Alaska congressman files for reelection

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s lone U.S. House member has made it official: He wants a 24th term. Rep. Don Young filed his declaration of candidacy on Wednesday, just five months since his most recent win. The primary he signed up to compete in...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 27, 2017

Fish Factor: Measure gaining steam would create fisheries trusts to offset "graying of the fleet" and the lack of opportunities for younger people

Numerous studies over the past decade have highlighted Alaska’s “graying of the fleet” (the average age of permit holders is 50), and the lack of opportunities for younger people to launch a career in commercial fishing. State data show that...

 

Ketchikan seafood processors to see water-rate hikes

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – Officials in Ketchikan have approved an ordinance that more than doubles water rates for the southeast Alaska city’s seafood processors over the next three years. The City Council approved the ordinance in a 5-2 vote on...

 

Samson tug sinks in SE, responders search for spill

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Emergency responders have placed containment and absorbent booms near a tugboat that sank in southeast Alaska. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the Powhatan, owned by Samson Tug and Barge, sank...

 

State unemployment rate steady at 6.4 percent in March

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s unemployment rate held at 6.4 percent last month, the same as February. The preliminary, seasonally adjusted number for March is down compared to a year ago, when it stood at 6.6 percent. The state labor department...

 

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