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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 28, 2016 

Bearfest bringing chef in addition to researchers

Events for the 7th Annual Bearfest are already underway, with the first two workshops and symposium presented yesterday at the Nolan Center. The annual activity was started in 2010 by Sylvia... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 28, 2016 

Assembly revisits contractor list, sets ANSEP committee

Wrangell’s Borough Assembly revisited its local contractors list, which it had adopted last year in order to streamline hiring for small projects. An idea was first put forward to the Assembly by Borough Manager Jeff Jabusch in December 2014,... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 28, 2016 

Wrangell resident a business startup competition finalist

A Wrangell resident has been named among this year's Path to Prosperity competition finalists. Dixie Booker has put forward a proposal to cultivate and sell fresh produce. Called Mighty Bear Roots,... Full story

 
 News    July 28, 2016 

Correction:

The Harbor Department points out that in last week’s issue, water usage figures for the city dock facilities were inaccurately reported, particularly regarding that sold to cruise ships. From May 16 to July 7 the connection provided 223,995...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 28, 2016 

Water tanks full, state of crisis continues

Though a crisis in the local water supply has subsided, Wrangell remains in a state of conservation through most of the rest of summer. The City and Borough Assembly formally declared a state of disaster in a special meeting held July 19, after...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 28, 2016 

City looking at selling belt freezer

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held an executive session on July 15 to discuss the sale of its belt tunnel freezer facility. It had been approached by the building's current lessee, Trident Seafoods....

 
 News    July 28, 2016 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 21, 2016

Water shortage prompts state of emergency in Wrangell

With the supply of treated water dangerously low, the Borough Assembly officially declared the city to be in a state of disaster Tuesday evening. The decision was reached during a special session in which officials met with departmental staff and... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 21, 2016

Assembly supports timber sale in special meeting

The City and Borough of Wrangell has officially endorsed a plan being put forward by the United States Forest Service concerning future timber sales on the island. In a special meeting on July 15, the Borough Assembly gave its input on a letter of su... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 21, 2016

SEC names 12 to ferry restructure steering committee

A steering committee has been selected to head up restructuring of the Alaska Marine Highway System. In May the office of Gov. Bill Walker tasked regional economic forum Southeast Conference with revitalizing the state’s maritime transportation... Full story

 
 News    July 21, 2016

Alaska House ends session without addressing Walker's bills

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska House ended the special session Friday, marred by deep divisions and unable to come to terms on a plan to address the state’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit. A number of legislators took turns saying their...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 21, 2016

New bear decoration highlights Russian heritage

As Wrangell gears up for its 7th Annual Bearfest next week, locals may have already noticed the festival's distinctive bears popping up around town. Since its founding in 2010, each year a new...

 
 News    July 21, 2016

Lower costs for heating oil to slow natural gas conversion - Expands with quotes, details

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A newly released report shows that about a third of households in interior Alaska won’t make the switch to natural gas once it’s more widely available because of low heating oil prices. The Interior Energy Project’s...

 
 News    July 21, 2016

Sitka to consider condemning building due to landslide risk

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – The Sitka city administrator is seeking condemnation of an administration building at risk from landslides and the cancellation of property leases there. A landslide hit the building at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park on Aug....

 
 News    July 21, 2016

Wilson represents Alaska at Republican National Convention

The 41st Republican National Convention came to order on Monday and representing the largest state in regards to area, the delegation from Alaska is situated in between New Hampshire and Nebraska on the convention floor. After spending a week before...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 21, 2016

P&Z moves ahead with drafting pot updates to zoning

Wrangell has moved a step closer toward the opening of licensed marijuana-related businesses, with Planning and Zoning forwarding its recommendations for code updates to the city’s clerk and lawyer. Basing the proposal on conclusions reached by...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 14, 2016

Memorial walk held for car crash victims

Close to 100 people participated in a memorial walk on Sunday, held to remember those killed or injured in a car crash in Petersburg early last week. Meeting at Wrangell's city dock, more than a third... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 14, 2016

One violation noted in annual water quality report

Reaching local postal boxes last week, the quality report for Wrangell’s water supply indicates a slight decline. The study was conducted last year by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Drinking Water Protection Program, and... Full story

 
 News    July 14, 2016

Fourth infractions pretty low key

After the extended Independence day weekend, city workers last week began the process of collecting the considerable amounts of litter, egg shells and fireworks remnants from Front Street, while stray strands of dried Silly String may take a bit...

 
 News    July 14, 2016

Correction:

Corrections Following last week’s article on Josie Olsen, two clarifications are needed. Her second eldest son currently serves as a missionary in France, not her youngest. And before coming to the United States, Olsen had worked with the family...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 14, 2016

Wood Street traffic closed for paving

Following the July 4 weekend, last Wednesday Wrangell's Public Works Department began closing off Wood Street for resurfacing work. The project is expected to last into September, with contractors... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 7, 2016

Longtime Wrangellite becomes US citizen

A local resident got to celebrate her first Independence Day as a United States citizen this week, after gaining citizenship on June 24. Originally hailing from the Philippines, Josie Olsen first... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 7, 2016

Senator and House candidate meet with local voters over 4th of July

Wrangell's annual Independence Day celebration draws hundreds of visitors, from former residents and current ones' relatives to returning tourists. Among the weekend's visitors were Sen. Bert Stedman... Full story

 
 By Jess Field    News    July 7, 2016

Candlelight vigil held for car crash victims

PETERSBURG – Hundreds of Petersburg residents turned out to take part in a candlelight vigil for the victims in a one-­vehicle crash July 4 morning. The vigil began downtown and made its way to the ballfields, where paper lanterns were released,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 30, 2016

Fourth festivities to last through four-day weekend

A finalized event schedule has been put out for the 2016 Fourth of July Celebration in Wrangell, which begins tomorrow and will last through Monday evening. This year’s celebratory theme is “Back to the Rock,” highlighting the annual Fourth hol... Full story

 

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