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 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015 

Firefighters prepare for cancer fundraiser stairclimb

Members of the Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department are rising to a national challenge to combat cancer, putting together a team for next year's Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle. Fire... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015 

Hospital reserve fund passes million-dollar mark

The hospital’s financial reserves continue to improve, the Wrangell Medical Center Board learned during its monthly meeting Nov. 18. Financial officer Doran Hammett reported the medical center’s coffers topped $1,001,000 by the end of October,... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015 

Convicted doctor seeking new trial

Former Wrangell physician Greg Salard has applied for a new trial, ahead of his sentencing set for Dec. 3. In July a Juneau jury had found him guilty of two of three child pornography charges brought against him by federal prosecutors. In documents... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015 

Search ends for missing mariner

A four-day search for missing fisherman Kenneth Trammel ended Nov. 18, after his body was recovered offshore near Earl West Cove. Trammel, 53, had left Wrangell on Nov. 5 in his white 38-foot Bayliner, “Thalasa,” with hand trolling gear, and was...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015 

Forest Service releases updated Wrangell timber sale plan

The United States Forest Service has released an amended proposal for its Wrangell Island timber sale. Published to the Federal Register on Oct. 27, the proposed action was modified to more accurately...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015 

Tribe looking for community improvement project ideas

Wrangell Cooperative Association is looking for project ideas from community members ahead of a special stakeholders meeting planned for Dec. 2 and 3. WCA has developed the 2015 Community Needs Survey to assist in the endeavor, allowing Tribal...

 News    November 26, 2015 

Alaska regulators are 1st to OK marijuana use at pot shops

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) –The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry voted Friday to allow for people to use pot at certain stores that will sell it, a first among the four states that have legalized the drug. The...

 News    November 26, 2015 

Delegation critical of FDA on genetically modified salmon

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she’s “livid’’ at the federal Food and Drug Administration’s approval of genetically modified salmon for human consumption. Murkowski and the other members of Alaska’s congressional...

 News    November 26, 2015 

Alaska farmers want prison-run slaughterhouse kept open

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Farmers across Alaska are fighting to keep a state-run slaughterhouse open after lawmakers announced plans to shut down the facility next June due to budget concerns. Officials with the Alaska Farm Bureau say Mt. McKinley...

 News    November 26, 2015 

Alaska's unemployment rate remains steady

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The unemployment rate in Alaska is holding steady. The state Department of Labor on Friday says the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in October, and that’s unchanged from September. The...

 News    November 26, 2015 

Forest officials pull Mitkof timber sale

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn findings that the proposed timber sale on Mitkof Island near Petersburg has no significant environmental impact. The federal agency pulled its decision notice earlier this month. The...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015 

Pink salmon forecast projects average year

The upcoming pink salmon run is expected to be about the same size as that in 2015, according to this month's Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecast. ADF&G predicts the 2016 harvest will be...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015 

DOT announces schedule for Evergreen Ave. improvements

Island residents were invited to an open house at City Hall on Nov. 19, where Wrangell officials and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities presented final designs for the long-awaited Evergreen Road improvement project. The...

 News    November 26, 2015 

Walker not among governors raising concerns about refugees

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – While some governors around the country have raised concerns about accepting Syrian refugees following last week’s attacks in Paris, Gov. Bill Walker is focused on Alaska’s budget woes. Walker spokeswoman Katie Marquette...

 News    November 26, 2015 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    November 19, 2015

P&Z approves step in road office project

Planning and Zoning commissioners lent their support to a proposal by Wrangell Cooperative Association’s Transportation Office for a special contract zone, which would allow it to build a combined office, storage and maintenance facility in a... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 19, 2015

Wrangell fisherman found dead; vessel still missing

At 2:18 pm on Wednesday, following a search by the United States Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers, the body of an adult white male was located floating in Earl West Cove approximately 12 air... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 19, 2015

Coffee and curriculum: School Board holding informal sessions

Building on an idea fielded during last month’s meeting, on Monday members of the Wrangell Public School Board decided they will begin participating in “coffee meetings” held with the public. Scheduled for a half hour before their regular... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 19, 2015

AMP scores seem low, but bar higher

Accustomed to their students scoring highly on standardized tests, Wrangell parents may be unsure what to make of results for the new Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) exam, due for release before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. First administered...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 19, 2015

Systems study bodes ill for power future

Wrangell’s power infrastructure may be on the blink if left as it is, according to an electric system study presented in June. Conducted by Juneau-area consultancy Electric Power Systems, the study identified a number of infrastructural needs...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 19, 2015

Wrangell celebrates Veterans Day

Communities around the country took time to commemorate the men and women this Veterans Day, and Wrangell was no exception. A pair of hearty dinners were served by local service organizations to...

 By Jess Field    News    November 12, 2015

Rural Alaska National Guard:

In the early-2000s, the Alaska National Guard (ANG) relied upon a rural presence. Guardsmen of that rural force were deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2006, which was the first time ANG members were... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 12, 2015

Shoemaker project highly ranked for state funding

A project to renovate the facilities at Wrangell's Shoemaker Harbor seems well-placed to receive state assistance, the Port Commission learned this month. Harbormaster Greg Meissner told... Full story

 News    November 12, 2015

Search chopper deployed to Zarembo

A rescue helicopter was deployed to Zarembo Island on Saturday, after the Alaska Wildlife Troopers received reports of a lost hunter. A 14-year-old boy had gotten separated from his companions and lost his way when he called it in at around 1 p.m.... Full story

 News    November 12, 2015

Interisland ferry resuming service

The North End Ferry Authority Board of Directors announced its local three-stop ferry service will resume tomorrow, after its lander underwent engine repairs in Wrangell. The Rainforest Islander departed on Nov. 5, after repairs to an engine and its...


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