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 News    May 3, 2018

USCG to conduct free commercial fishing vessel dockside exams

The Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner will be conducting free courtesy docksides in Wrangell from May 14-17. Fishermen interested, should contact Jim Paul at 907-617-2523 in Ketchikan.   The new vessel specific checklist generator...

 
 News    May 3, 2018

Sitka Sound herring biomass much higher this year

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game has mapped 32 nautical miles of herring spawn through April 27, including 1.0 nmi of active spawn in Salisbury Sound. Spawn deposition surveys were conducted on April 7-11 and on April 24-25. Final results from this...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 3, 2018

Stikine king salmon subsistence fishery to be closed

The Federal Subsistence Board announced on Monday it will be closing its Chinook salmon subsistence fishery in the Stikine River this year due to low expected returns. Under the authority delegated...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 26, 2018

Torch run to raise travel funds for Olympic meet

A five-kilometer run will be held later next month to benefit participants in this year's Special Olympics. Special Olympics Alaska is a state chapter of the wider program that provides year-round...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 26, 2018

Updated senior resources booklet now available

A directory aimed at assisting the community’s seniors has recently been put out by Hospice of Wrangell. Finished last month, the 2018 Wrangell Senior Resource Directory identifies various support services that could be of use to members of that...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 26, 2018

New director at the Senior Center

There's a new face behind the big desk at Wrangell Senior Center. Leeann Martin took over management at the local center on March 19, having previously worked IT for the school system. Originally...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 26, 2018

Without principals: administrative transition ahead for WPSD

Wrangell Public School District learned last week its secondary school principal, Bill Schwan, will be departing after the current academic year ends. His departure is the latest among the district’s top administrators. At Evergreen Elementary,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 26, 2018

Economic designation a potential opportunity for Wrangell

Wrangell was last week granted a special economic designation by the state along with 24 other Alaskan communities. The Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development named the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 26, 2018

Monofill likely a go, though capital appropriation for transport possible

The City and Borough Assembly met with a delegation of the state’s project leads and contractors associated with the former Byford yard cleanup. The purpose of the session was for the Department of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 19, 2018

Monofill update set for Tuesday evening

A work session on the Byford monofill between the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and City and Borough of Wrangell has been scheduled for next week. Around 18,500 cubic yards of treated, lead-contaminated soil is slated to be interred...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 19, 2018

Emergency response receives first Walker Foundation grant

Wrangell's emergency services were the recipients of the first-ever grant from the Walker Foundation, a benevolent fund established after the acquisition of Alaska Island Community Services last year...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 19, 2018

Tribe to get own offices with renovation project

Wrangell Cooperative Association began work on renovating new office space last week. Workers began knocking down walls and pulling up old materials from a multiplex apartment at the corner of Wood...

 

Alaska House votes to limit access to marijuana convictions

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska House has passed legislation restricting access to records showing past convictions for simple marijuana possession. The measure is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Harriet Drummond. She says Alaskans should not be...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    April 19, 2018

23-year-old Wrangell artist has first solo show

A 23-year-old artist from Wrangell had her first solo show in Petersburg on Friday, where she was stunned by the turn out and support. The artist, Jaynee Fritzinger, was nervous for her first show at...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 19, 2018

21st annual Birding Festival set for next week

Wrangell’s annual birding festival is gearing up for a week of activities late next week. This year’s Stikine River Birding Festival will be the 21st, put on cooperatively each year by Wrangell’s Convention and Visitor Bureau and the United...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    April 12, 2018

If numbers work, hospital on its way to SEARHC management

If it proves financially feasible, Wrangell Medical Center may soon pass from municipal ownership to new management. At a public meeting held inside the Nolan Center on Monday evening,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Wrangell catches senator's ear on SE visit

Sen. Dan Sullivan stopped into Wrangell for a lightning tour Friday, arriving on the morning jet and taking off that afternoon for Ketchikan. His visit to Wrangell was the first since being sworn in,...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    April 12, 2018

Petersburg man charged in heroin investigation

PETERSBURG – A Petersburg man is facing controlled substance charges after police intercepted a package shipped to him that contained about an ounce of heroin. Kelsey McCay, 25, was arrested on...

 

Nets tightened across 2018 Chinook fisheries

The state Department of Fish and Game has announced its 2018 preseason estimates for Chinook salmon, and its all-gear harvest limit for Southeast Alaska under provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. In its release last week, the department set the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Lancaster chosen as new school superintendent

The presses were on hold early Wednesday morning as Wrangell Public School District announced its decision regarding the next superintendent. The WPSD Board has selected candidate Debbe Lancaster for the position, who will begin July 1. The board...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Superintendent finalists converge on school district

Three finalists for the Wrangell Public School District superintendent position made a joint visit to the island earlier this week. Patricia Hutcherson, Debbe Lancaster and Bill Schildbach were the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Palmer siblings learn in Ecuador after Wrangell fundraisers

A pair of Anchorage-area students were able to take the trip of a lifetime last month, heading to Ecuador with their class on a service learning trip. Mother Kara Carey said her children, daughter Tay...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Time for spring cleaning around the island

The snow around Wrangell has at last abated, temperatures are above freezing once again and spring is in the air. Left behind in the sweep of this seasonal change, a winter’s worth of litter, rubbish and debris have reappeared along city streets...

 

Alaska tourism leaders look to fund marketing amid cuts

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The leaders of Alaska’s largest travel industry trade group are looking for ways to fill a void in their marketing budget created by cuts from lawmakers. The tourism industry has been a bright spot in an otherwise...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Workplace safety takes higher priority on city to-do list

Not on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, safety procedures among city workers developed into a topic for discussion for the City and Borough Assembly. After delivering her regular borough manager’s report, Lisa Von Bargen took a moment to absorb...

 

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