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 By Dan Rudy    News    February 4, 2016 

Senate taking testimony tonight on PFD bill

Since Tuesday the Senate State Affairs Committee has been reviewing Senate Bill 128, and will formally be collecting testimony and public comment later today. The bill was submitted to the Senate by Gov. Bill Walker last month under the authority... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 4, 2016 

City capital projects list to go to Legislature

At its end-of-month meeting Jan. 26, The Wrangell City and Borough Assembly approved a list of capital budget requests for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins July 1. More than 50 projects costing... Full story

 
 News    February 4, 2016 

State construction spending expected to drop 18 percent

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A newly released report from the University of Alaska projects a significant drop in state spending this year on the construction industry. The annual report from the university’s Institute of Social and Economic...

 
 News    February 4, 2016 

Alaska quake renews focus on state's emergency readiness

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Alaska’s most populous region has renewed focus on the state’s readiness to deal with a natural disaster. And it’s not just earthquakes that pose a danger across the vast state but also...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 4, 2016 

State ed. department backing away from AMP test

The commissioner for the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development announced the state will be replacing its Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) assessment. The exam was first administered during the 2014-15 school year, after being selected... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 4, 2016 

Moda Health restricted from issuing Alaska policies

One of Alaska’s two primary insurers offering individual health plans has been restricted from continuing business in the state. On Jan. 28 the Alaska Division of Insurance announced it was limiting the business practices of Moda Health Plan,...

 
 News    February 4, 2016 

Pot testing rules difficult to meet for island communities

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has turned down a proposed change to marijuana regulations that would have made it easier for southeast and rural Alaska communities to comply with testing requirements. Mallott signed testing...

 
 News    February 4, 2016 

Wrangell AC wraps up game proposal recommendations

Wrapping up the last of this year’s game proposals, Wrangell’s Advisory Committee (AC) for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s regulatory boards held its last meeting of the year on Jan. 28. Comments gathered by the committee – made up...

 
 News    February 4, 2016 

Bill would protect animals in domestic violence situations

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A state House committee plans to hear legislation spelling out protections for animals caught in messy split-ups between couples. The bill has broad bipartisan support in the House. It would amend state laws to require owners...

 
 News    February 4, 2016 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    January 28, 2016

Warm-weather storms batter region

Wrangell residents were rocked late Monday and early Tuesday morning as a storm system worked its way northward along the Southeast panhandle. Homes, businesses and facilities along Zimovia Highway... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 28, 2016

WCA elections set for Wednesday

Members of the Wrangell Cooperative Association are encouraged to come vote on Wednesday, with nine candidates putting their names in for four seats on the Council. The open seats each carry a two-year term, going to the four candidates with the... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 28, 2016

Hospital lab to get new diagnostic devices

Wrangell’s hospital will be getting two new pieces of equipment for its laboratory. The Wrangell Medical Center Board approved the leasing of a chemical analyzer and blood coagulation analyzer at its Jan. 20 meeting. CEO Robert Rang explained the... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 28, 2016

Marijuana regulations to take effect next month

Alaskan fans of cannabis are another step closer to being able to pick up the drug from their own neighborhood dispensaries. Earlier this month, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott filed marijuana establishment regulations in accordance with state statute. The...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 28, 2016

Economic development looking ahead to lands discussions

Meeting January 20, the Economic Development Committee began thinking about the next steps for its ongoing review of entitlement lands use. The City and Borough of Wrangell last April received management authority from the Alaska Department of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 28, 2016

Assembly moves forward with WCA office site

After a public hearing and much discussion Tuesday evening, the Wrangell City and Borough Assembly approved a contract zone for light industrial use for a transportation office, storage and maintenance area requested by Wrangell Cooperative...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 21, 2016

Schools to update phones, cut faculty position

At its regular monthly meeting, the Wrangell Public School Board approved the purchase of a new phone system for its two campuses. Board members approved a $65,000 contract with AP&T to install the... Full story

 
 News    January 21, 2016

Waddington back at Chamber office

On Monday Cyni Waddington resumed her role as executive director at the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce office. The Chamber board made the decision to invite back Waddington, who had spent the past two q... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 21, 2016

Healthy Wrangell Coalition seeking new logo

The community’s coalition for health and wellness organizations is looking for a new image. The Healthy Wrangell Coalition has announced a sort of logo contest, through which it hopes to make its activities more recognizable to the community at...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 21, 2016

New tech, new tools for Wolf Fabrication

The workshop at Wrangell High School is humming, hammering and making all sorts of noise as students in the various fabrications classes work on a number of projects. Under the Wolf Fabrication...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 21, 2016

Tongass talks invite comments to forest plan amendment

Members of the community were invited to the Wrangell Ranger District Office on Jan. 13, to meet and greet with some of the minds behind the latest proposals for the future Tongass management plan. Th...

 
 News    January 21, 2016

Anan permits available in February

Permits will soon become available for those wanting an opportunity to visit Anan Wildlife Observatory this summer. Known primarily for its abundance of bears, the observatory was identified as Wrangell’s top attraction by a survey conducted by...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 21, 2016

P&Z concludes entitlement lands discussion

Wrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission concluded its discussion of entitlement lands at its Jan. 14 meeting. Along with the Economic Development Committee, the commission will use its recommendations as a framework for public discussion of...

 
 News    January 21, 2016

Constitutional change proposed to limit session length

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A Democratic state representative has proposed a constitutional amendment to limit regular legislative sessions to 90 days. The proposal, from Anchorage Rep. Matt Claman, was released Friday in the last batch of bills filed...

 
 News    January 21, 2016

State budget the focus as Legislature prepares to meet

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s gaping budget deficit is expected to be the focus of the legislative session beginning this week. But the road to a solution may be rocky, with differing ideas for how to help close the deficit and difficult...

 

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