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 By Dan Rudy    News    August 27, 2015 

Rang to succeed Sanger as hospital CEO

Wrangell Medical Center's Board of Directors announced Robert Rang will take over as the hospital CEO once Marla Sanger steps down Oct. 30. Rang is currently the long-term care administrator for the P... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 27, 2015 

Parks and Rec fee schedule takes effect Tuesday

Runners, swimmers and other fitness-minded folk are reminded that new fees for Wrangell’s Parks and Recreation Department facilities are set to take effect on Sept. 1. The new rates were approved by the Borough Assembly in July. A previous schedule... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 27, 2015 

Timber sale approved southwest of Wrangell

Earlier this month the United States Forest Service finalized a sizable timber sale on Etolin Island. The Tongass National Forest's Navy timber sale will make available for commercial harvest 13.1... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 27, 2015 

Summer season starts to wrap up in Wrangell

The cruise ship Regatta's departure Tuesday evening marked the start of the end for Wrangell's tourist 2015 season. "I think it was a great season," said Cyni Waddington, with the Chamber of...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 27, 2015 

Three men presumed killed in Sitka slides

Two of the three men presumed killed by landslides in Sitka on Aug. 18 had been located by Tuesday, as the search for a third continued. Six landslides and a sinkhole occurred in and around the Southeast Alaska community after it received heavy,...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 27, 2015 

Southeast fishermen benefit from healthy halibut stocks

While the pink salmon harvest is coming in below expectations for price and quantity, the commercial halibut fishery is going strong for Area 2C, Southeast Alaska. A quota share update from the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC)...

 News    August 27, 2015 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    August 20, 2015

Assembly approves hospital reserve fund

Meeting in a special session Aug. 12, a full City and Borough Assembly unanimously approved setting aside $500,000 in funds for the Wrangell Medical Center. Interim CEO Marla Sanger approached the Assembly last month seeking permission to obtain a... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 20, 2015

P&Z continues entitlement talks, denies tidelands purchase

At its regular monthly meeting Aug. 13, Wrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission continued its evaluation of entitlement properties held near Thoms Place. The territory is part of 9,006 acres... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 20, 2015

Upcoming school year brings some changes, new faces

Wrangell's teachers, parents and students are schools are gearing up for a new year, with registration currently ongoing. While some programs have already started up, classes will begin on Aug 27. A... Full story

 News    August 20, 2015


In last week’s issue, it was erroneously reported that the two seats on the Borough Assembly expiring this year are held by Daniel Blake and Julie Decker. Terms for Assembly members Becky Rooney and David Powell will be expiring... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 20, 2015

Regular season wraps up for Muskeg Meadows

After a rainy summer punctuated by four cancelled tournaments, Muskeg Meadows Golf Club decided to end its season early. Following the Sea Level Seafoods tournament last weekend, the course is now...

 News    August 20, 2015

Four missing in Sitka slide, emergency declared

(AP) – Four residents of Sitka were missing Tuesday after heavy rain caused several landslides, emergency responders reported. At least three landslides were reported after 2.5 inches of rain fell in just 24 hours. A sinkhole was also reported. The...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 20, 2015

Alaskan personnel sent to fight Lower 48 wildfires

As Alaska moves into its end-of-summer rain pattern, wildland fire activity across the state has moderated. But in the Lower 48, the fire season remains in full swing, with the National Preparedness Level moved to five, the highest level of planning...

 News    August 20, 2015

Man in bear costume harasses mother bear, 2 cubs in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Authorities want to talk to a man who donned a fairly realistic bear costume head and all and wore it when harassing a mother bear and two cubs trying to feed on pink salmon in an Alaska river. The incident happened Monday...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 20, 2015

Wrangell visited by Murkowski staffers

Staff working for Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski stopped into Wrangell on Aug. 14, during a string of visits this month to communities in Southeast. Setting up a mobile office outside the post office,...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 20, 2015

Shellfish tests indicate low-to-negligible metals contamination

Test results for shellfish compiled by the local Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP) office have been released. Working locally in partnership with Wrangell Cooperative...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 13, 2015

Cancer Care tournament raises $6,400

Area golfers teed off for cancer treatment last weekend, during Wrangell Medical Center's tenth annual Rally For Cancer Care Tournament at Muskeg Meadows. The yearly tournaments raise funds for the... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 13, 2015

Former head librarian appointed to governor's council

Wrangell's former head librarian recently received an appointment by Gov. Bill Walker to sit on his Advisory Council on Libraries. Kay Jabusch will serve on the 12-person council through the end of... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 13, 2015

Hospital CEO search winnows down

The Wrangell Medical Center Board last week announced it had narrowed the field for the hospital’s future executive officer from ten candidates to three. After meeting Wednesday morning, board members wanted to see more of Jeffery Lyle, Aaron... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 13, 2015

Ports commiserate on tidelands purchase, rates

Wrangell’s Port Commission decided it didn’t “have a dog in the fight” over a tidelands purchase proposal submitted to it for review. Meeting Thursday, it had to consider an application by BW Enterprises to purchase 6,240 square feet of city...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 13, 2015

Drive looking to get Alaskans 'Xtratuf' on mines

A region-wide campaign is kicking off, so to speak, with opponents of British Columbia mining projects collecting as many pairs of Alaska’s ubiquitous rubber boots as it can. Once assembled, the mountain of footwear will be deposited on Gov. Bill...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 13, 2015

Local Lions Club looking for members

If you've ever recycled a can in Wrangell, you probably have the Lions Club to thank. Since July 2014, the club has collected four full van-loads of the stuff. Since 1968, the local chapter has been d...

 News    August 13, 2015

Public Health issues vaccination reminder

As parents run through their back-to-school checklists, Wrangell’s Public Health Center urges them not to forget vaccinations. As August is National Immunization Awareness Month, health nurse Ty Esposito said her office provides all the necessary...


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