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 By Dan Rudy    News    September 14, 2017 

Legion remembers 9/11 victims with service project

The local American Legion unit held a day of service and remembrance over the weekend, dedicated to the September 11 attacks. The American Legion Auxiliary of Alaska Unit #6 was awarded a $1,000...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 14, 2017 

Borough assembly discusses grant usage, faith-based proclamations

At its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night, members of the City and Borough Assembly pondered different options for participating in the Community Development Block Grant program. In discussion...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 14, 2017 

Local bar to celebrate decade of libation

One of Wrangell's watering holes will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary this weekend. Rayme's Bar owner Reme Privett had purchased the establishment – then the Brig Bar – back in 2007,...

 

Meet the Candidates - Jessica Rooney

Jessica Rooney Running unopposed for a three-year term on the Wrangell Public School Board Age: 36 About the candidate: "I moved here in 2002 from Florida, I married Jason Rooney and we have four...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 14, 2017 

10-day diesel run to wrap up this Saturday afternoon

A diesel run powering Wrangell is expected to wrap up on Saturday, according to its electrical superintendent. Clay Hammer of Wrangell Municipal Light and Power explained the 11-day shutdown of the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 14, 2017 

Lease extension moves forward for new concrete at boatyard

At a rescheduled meeting of the Port Commission last Friday, members approved a request for an extension by a lease holder at the boatyard. Contractor Don Sorric requested the addition of three years...

 

Lance Mearig named ADOT&PF Southcoast Region Director

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) Commissioner Marc Luiken has named Lance Mearig as the Southcoast Region Director. "Lance is precisely the...

 

Judge approves sale of Alaska's largest newspaper

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge on Monday approved the sale of Alaska’s largest newspaper for $1 million, saving the paper from folding, Judge Gary Spraker made his decision after hearing hours of testimony over the financial...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    September 14, 2017 

Petersburg approves resolution to remove scrap metal waste

PETERSBURG — The Borough Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Southeast Alaska Solid Waste Authority recommendation to participate in a regional scrap metal recycling system. The approval fast tracks a financial plan...

 

State of Alaska weighing options for conducting elections

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska is exploring options for conducting elections after 2018, as it is faced with an aging voting system and financial pressures amid an ongoing state budget deficit. A bipartisan working group established by...

 

Fishing guide forfeits boat after repeat violations

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The owner of a southeast Alaska fishing charter service has been ordered to stay out of boats in Alaska waters for one year after pleading guilty to repeat fishing violations. Alaska State Troopers say 75-year-old Stuart...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 14, 2017 

Byford soil removal postponed until April

The state environmental regulator last week announced it would be postponing a planned monofill project on Wrangell Island until next year. In a press release issued September 7, the Department of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 7, 2017

Variety of problems plague public safety building

Bad luck came in threes for Wrangell's Public Safety Building last month, the latest in a long line of problems with the facility. A failing elevator, water damage and a colony of carpenter ants have...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 7, 2017

Local café raising funds for Hurrican Harvey relief

A Wrangell café is raising funds for disaster relief, following the hurricane and deadly floods affecting Texas last month. Zak's Cafe owners James George and Katherine George-Byrd plan to send all...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 7, 2017

Fourth special session may be called for revenues

Last week, Alaska's lawmakers received word from the governor's office another session may be called for October. On August 31 emails were sent to members of the Alaska Legislature, letting them know a special session – the fourth of the year –...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 7, 2017

SE Conference to focus on ferries, budget

Later this month the region’s economic development organization will be meeting in Haines to discuss new trends, problems and opportunities it will face in the coming year. Representing many of the area’s municipalities, federally-recognized trib...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 7, 2017

Unrelated June strike delay costs SEAPA

Delays to line maintenance prompted by a public employee strike in Wrangell this June will cost a regional power utility an extra $103,000. Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) chief executive Trey Acteson presented board members with a change...

 

Candidates set for October ballot

A deadline passed last week for getting placed on the October 3 municipal election ballot. Most seats up for election have at least one candidate, with one seat still without candidates and another to be contested in a three-way race. Contending for...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 7, 2017

Moose season to start next week

The 2017 moose season is set to begin next week, with the monthlong harvest opening on September 15. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has already seen an increase in permits being issued as the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    August 31, 2017

Access improved at Anan, first phase in overhaul

Improvements to the observatory at Anan Creek are complete, improving access and security for one of Wrangell's top visitor attractions. Managed by the Forest Service, Anan Wildlife Observatory is bes...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    August 31, 2017

Budget biggest worry at municipal conference

At last week’s meeting of the Wrangell Assembly, the city manager and mayor updated members on the outcome of Alaska Municipal League’s Combined Summer Meeting held earlier this month. Held in Haines August 16 and 17, the annual conference...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    August 31, 2017

Shellfish testing clears Shoemaker, except for butter clams

The Wrangell Tribe’s environmental program office announced last week that most species of shellfish have been cleared for consumption at a pair of local beaches. On August 24 results from the week’s sampling had indicated levels of saxitoxin...

 

Office of Children's Services centralized

ANCHORAGE — The Office of Children’s Services has made it easier to report cases of suspected child abuse. Alaskans who know of a child that may be at risk of abuse or neglect can now call 1-800-478-4444 or email reportchildabuse@alaska.gov....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    August 31, 2017

Regional conference to examine environmental challenges

For the first time, Wrangell will host the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s (CCTHITA) annual environmental conference. Hosted at the Nolan Center, the Southeast Environmental Conference will begin the afternoon of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    August 31, 2017

Music and food highlights end of summer

Before summer gives way to autumn, several Wrangell business owners decided to have one more hurrah downtown with food and live music. Set for Sunday afternoon, "Warm August Nights" was thought up by...

 

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