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 By Dan Rudy    News    February 26, 2015 

Assembly eyeing new notch in budgetary belt

“It is going to be a difficult year,” Wrangell's borough manager Jeff Jabusch told Assembly members during their regular meeting Tuesday evening. He referred to impending cuts to the state revenue sharing and federal Secure Rural Schools... Full story

 
 News    February 26, 2015 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    February 26, 2015 

Girl Scouts present at state environmental forum

Three of Wrangell's Girl Scout Troop 4156 were able to experience a unique opportunity, traveling to Anchorage Feb. 7 to participate in the annual Alaska Forum on the Environment at the Dena'ina... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 26, 2015 

F&G committee issues trooper letter and tines proposal

Convening for its last regular meeting of the year, the dozen members of Wrangell’s Fish and Game Advisory Committee recapped recent regulatory changes and looked ahead to future challenges. Advisory committees are locally-organized groups of resou... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 26, 2015 

New board members picked in WCA elections

Tribal members of the Wrangell Cooperative Association headed to the polls Saturday afternoon to choose six new members of the WCA Board. The six council seats that were up for election this term were previously held by Lynn Allen, Lovey Brock,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 26, 2015 

New fishing boats to join local fleet

A trio of new boats will be joining Wrangell's private fishing fleet this season, incorporating new technologies and improving work conditions for their owners. After two and a half years, local...

 
 News    February 26, 2015 

Health care enrollment extension available before tax time

Medicare and Medicaid announced last week that an additional special HealthCare.gov enrollment period will be available for consumers who did not have coverage in 2014 but were unaware of the tax penalty. Under the Affordable Care Act, consumers are...

 
 News    February 26, 2015 

Anan online reservation process undergoing update

The United States Forest Service announced a temporary change in its permit system at the Anan Wildlife Observatory. In a media release distributed last week, it announced its online reservations system has become obsolete and that a temporary fix...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 19, 2015

Vendors concerned about ground rate rise

There was a good turnout for the boatyard storage fees workshop before the Port Commission's monthly meeting Feb. 5. Wrangell's Harbor Department is looking at altering two fees, for both storage and... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 19, 2015

School charette sows seeds for scholastic strategy

The two dining rooms at the Stikine Inn were abuzz with ideas Tuesday during Wrangell Public School District's first-ever charette, a planning session held to chart a course for the next five or more... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 19, 2015

A toast to the community at annual Chamber dinner

The Nolan Center was all decked out with hearts and other Valentine's Day decoratives Saturday night, as 160 people came together for Wrangell's Chamber of Commerce Annual Fundraising Dinner. The... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 19, 2015

Wrangell SA seeks homeless funding restoration

Wrangell’s unit of the Salvation Army is looking for community support in preventing homelessness. In an open letter, Major Scott Nicloy pointed out that among the cuts being made across the board in dealing with Alaska’s financial difficulties,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 19, 2015

P&Z still struggling to meet quorum

Wrangell's Planning and Zoning Committee had to postpone its monthly meeting scheduled for Feb. 12, citing a lack of quorum. The committee had previously struggled to meet late last fall, with a two-month gap between its September and December...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 19, 2015

Comments sought for subsistence changes

The Federal Subsistence Board is seeking comment on proposed regulatory changes to the rural determination process for the Federal Subsistence Program in Alaska. Under current regulations, the board determines which community or area of Alaska is...

 
 News    February 19, 2015

State releases reports on Medicaid expansion

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska's health department says the state would see savings by expanding Medicaid coverage to more Alaskans. The department, in a report released Friday, says the state will be able to offset new costs associated with...

 
 News    February 19, 2015

Lawmakers weigh exempting Alaska from daylight saving

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A state Senate committee has advanced a bill that would exempt Alaska from daylight saving time, a measure that its sponsor said would be good for the health of state residents. The bill, from Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle Rive...

 
 News    February 19, 2015

Alaska lawmakers to look at new draft of marijuana bill

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska lawmakers are expected to discuss a new draft of a bill to decriminalize marijuana that mirrors state alcohol regulations. As of Feb. 24, adults 21 years and older can possess up to an ounce of marijuana under a ballot issue...

 
 News    February 19, 2015

Bill to extend sportfishing guide program moves

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska lawmakers have moved a bill to extend the licensing program for sportfishing guides. The program, through which the Alaska Department of Fish and Game licenses and regulates sportfishing guides and operations, expired...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    February 19, 2015

Petersburg to host inaugural SE Commercial Growers conference

PETERSBURG – The first-ever Southeast Commercial Growers Conference will be held in Petersburg Feb. 27- March 1. The event will bring together commercial food and flower growers from across the region to swap ideas and information about how to run...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    February 19, 2015

Southeast falls below-average in snowpack survey

Findings from the Alaska Snow Survey Report released February 2015 show that snowpack across the state of Alaska is below normal, and snowpack in Southeast is less than half the normal rate. The USDA'...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 19, 2015

Health fair blood draws to begin early

Residents wishing to have one or more of the five screenings offered as part of April’s Health Fair will be able to have their blood drawn at the Wrangell Medical Center lab early, starting on Feb. 23 and continuing through March 25. The targeted s...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 12, 2015

Planning session for local schools to be held

Wrangell Public Schools will be looking for direction from the public in the next step of what school superintendent Patrick Mayer hopes may develop into a strategic plan for the next academic year and beyond. A reception and charette – or focused... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 12, 2015

Residents up in arms over weapons misconduct rules

A number of concerned residents appeared Tuesday night at the public hearing for an ordinance amending Title 10 of the Municipal Code, specifically dealing with concealed-carry and weapons misconduct in the City and Borough of Wrangell. The Assembly... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 12, 2015

Hospital finances in critical condition, but stabilizing

Executive staff with Wrangell Medical Center met with the Borough Assembly members for a work session at City Hall late Tuesday afternoon. WMC CEO Marla Sanger, acting financial officer Olinda White and human resources head Mary Jo Pullman came to... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 12, 2015

SEAPA: Intertie, Swan expansion still proceeding

Board members for Southeast Alaska Power Agency sat down in Ketchikan last week for their two-day regular meeting, examining the regional power provider’s current financial position as well as looking ahead at its future projects. “It went...

 

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