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 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015 

Assembly approves budget, amends property tax due date

Wrangell's City and Borough Assembly has approved its budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The budget was previously issued as a draft at a public workshop on April 28 and has since been subjected to two hearings. The state of... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015 

Wrangell waterfront master plan given final go-ahead

Borough Assembly members were presented the final form of Wrangell's waterfront master plan before their Tuesday evening meeting. The plan is the product of progressive public discussions and meetings... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015 

Sunny weather great for fishing, possible problem for fish

Anglers of all ages took to the water over the Memorial Day weekend, hoping to land a salmon fit for the special first prize awarded during Wrangell’s 63rd Annual King Salmon Derby. Chad Smith won...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015 

New hospital CFO warns tough road ahead

The financial situation for Wrangell Medical Center has improved in recent months, but its new chief financial officer told the hospital’s board of trustees at its May 20 meeting that there is still much left to do. Doran Hammett presented the... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015 

Planning and Zoning approves three plat reviews

Wrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission held a brief meeting midday May 20 after establishing a quorum, taking on monthly business rescheduled from May 14. Commissioners approved preliminary plat review for vacation of the remaining 15 feet of Ce...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015 

Public pool plugged and reopened

After five months of repair, the Wrangell community pool reopened to the public May 20, just in time for the onset of summery weather. An open house celebrating the repairs was held that evening, with residents finally able to take a dip for the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015 

Special meeting focuses on port projects

A pair of projects have moved toward their next phases after a special midday meeting of the Wrangell Port Commission Tuesday. Commissioners approved plans to finance float reconstruction at Shoemaker Bay Harbor, as well concepts for a mariners memor...

 News    May 28, 2015 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    May 21, 2015

Wrangell High School graduates 22 seniors

Twenty-two seniors graduated from Wrangell High School last Friday. This year's graduating class donned their gowns and mortarboards and walked the aisle in front of friends and loved ones in a... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 21, 2015

School board weighs food program options, hires new principal

Wrangell School Board held a special session and workshop Tuesday evening to discuss the future of its school lunch program. At its May 19 regular meeting, the board voted in favor of canceling the school district's contract with NANA Management... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 21, 2015

Wrangell man arrested for assault charge

A local man was arrested by Wrangell Police Department earlier this month, after allegedly attempting to pick up and then threatening a child. The complaint was filed against Randolph Kalkins, 46, on... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 21, 2015

Sportsmen fundraiser raises $48K

The Stikine Sportsmen Association raised $48,000 at this year’s annual fundraiser dinner, about $7,000 more than the previous year. Its 35th Annual Game Dinner was held in Wrangell’s American Legion Hall on Feb. 28, and the money was raised...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 21, 2015

From supplements to textiles, uses for seafood byproduct on the rise

Public and private groups are looking at new ways to enhance the value of Alaska's seafood industry. The multibillion-dollar sector is of significant importance to the state's economy, and Southeast is among its largest harvesters of fish and...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 21, 2015

Wrangell to undergo week of diesel power starting Tuesday

Before the summer weather heats up and the air conditioners kick on, residents are being asked to conserve energy starting May 26. Wrangell Municipal Light and Power (WMLP) announced it will begin...

 News    May 21, 2015

Kayakers prepare to meet Shell's oil drill rig in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) – Protesters opposed to Arctic oil drilling are preparing to paddle out in kayaks to meet Shell’s massive offshore drilling rig as it arrives any day now in Seattle, raising the stakes in the battle over oil exploration in the...

 News    May 21, 2015

Governor vetoes budget items, Legislature heads to Anchorage

Anchorage (AP) – The Alaska House and Senate are moving their work from Juneau to Anchorage. Floor sessions are scheduled for Anchorage, starting today. The decision was announced Monday, the same day Gov. Bill Walker sent an email to state...

 News    May 21, 2015

Users of nation's largest forest urged to be fire wise

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – Officials with the nation's largest forest are warning people to be cautious with fire for the next few days. The warm temperatures and dry conditions, combined with possible high winds, have prompted the warning about...

 News    May 21, 2015

Hot springs repair work to begin in July

WRANGELL, Alaska – The Chief Shakes Hot Springs Recreation Area, a popular recreation site in the Wrangell Ranger District, will undergo repairs beginning this summer. Scheduled work includes foundation repairs to decaying cedar posts on the...

 News    May 21, 2015

Alaska boats link in giant flotilla to protest military plan

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Nearly 50 commercial fishing boats linked together with line, creating a massive flotilla to draw attention to their protest of the Navy’s planned exercises in the Gulf of Alaska. The linked vessels were part of a group...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 14, 2015

Faculty contracts on hold; lunch contract will not be renewed

A draft budget was passed by the Wrangell School Board at its Monday evening meeting, but contract renewal for four non-tenured faculty members has been put on hold as administrators await news of a final budget from the State Legislature. Speaking... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 14, 2015

Public disclosure exemption may head to ballot

At its regular meeting Tuesday evening, Wrangell's City and Borough Assembly began the process to exempt itself and other public representatives from the state's Public Official Financial Disclosure Law. Currently new members of city committees,... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 14, 2015

Parks Board approves new fee schedule

Wrangell’s Parks and Recreation Board approved a new fee schedule for the upcoming fiscal year at its May 6 meeting. A workshop was held the previous week to revise a schedule draft that was rejected by the Assembly in January. “This is what we d... Full story

 News    May 14, 2015

Ducks Unlimited dinner raises $8K

Members of the Wrangell chapter of Alaska Ducks Unlimited (DU) were pleased to announce they raised $8,000 for conservatory causes at the 30th Annual Fundraising Banquet on May 2. “We did well. It was a successful dinner,” explained Keene Kohrt,...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 14, 2015

High school seniors present final projects

Wrangell's senior class showcased its various projects May 6 inside the high school commons. Parents, faculty, students and community members mingled between booths and displays as the seniors...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 14, 2015

Salard trial delayed until July

The trial for former Wrangell physician Greg Salard has been moved to July 20 to allow his defense to prepare for a third child pornography charge being brought against him. Salard was initially arrested at his Wrangell home last October following a...


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