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Canadian investor backs away from Alaska mine project

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A Canadian company that was courted as a potential partner in a proposed copper-and-gold mine near one of the world's largest salmon fisheries in Alaska has backed away from the project. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., which i...

 

Subsistence permits now available online

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced on Friday it would begin to allow subsistence and personal use salmon permit participants to access their permits online. Online availability was established as a result of user feedback, with the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 31, 2018

City open to discuss nuisances, flushing new filter idea

Wrangell is still preparing to deal with nuisance abatement, though it will be approaching with an amiable cautiousness. City manager Lisa Von Bargen updated the City and Borough Assembly last week on progress so far made in reducing the various...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 24, 2018

Tribal members take field trip to Anan Creek

A group of Tlingit residents had a unique opportunity for an historical site visit with state archaeologists last week at Anan Creek, revisiting a traditional fishing ground. Now known best for its...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 24, 2018

Fourth royalty candidates unfurled for coming competition

This year's candidates for Wrangell's Fourth of July Royalty competition were announced at the Stikine Inn during a meet and greet Monday. Three young people will be running during next month's...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 24, 2018

Walker makes stop into Petersburg for May 17 festival

PETERSBURG ­– Gov. Bill Walker stopped in Petersburg for a brief visit Friday, making the rounds for meetings and taking some time to participate in its Little Norway festivities. "It's perfect. I...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 24, 2018

Ortiz reflects on compromise budget as session ends

The 30th Legislature drew its latest session to a close earlier last week, pushing forward a budget deal that would tap into earnings from Alaska’s Permanent Fund to draw down its spending deficit from the billions to around $700 million next...

 

Sport fishing for kings opening in nearby hatchery areas

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Tuesday some sport fishing opportunity for hatchery-produced king salmon will soon start in areas near Petersburg and Wrangell. From June 1 - July 31...

 

Windstar cruise line returns to Southeast after 20-year break

As estimates for cruise ship tourists this year seem set to break records in Alaska, a new vessel will be making Wrangell a port of call this summer. Fresh from a six-month tour of Asian waters, the 212-passenger ship Star Legend will be arriving...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

Plenty of projects for outgoing senior class

As Wrangell's high school of seniors prepares to receive their diplomas on Friday, last week 17 students took time to showcase their capstone projects at the gym. Required for graduation, the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

Budget allows for Byford soil to be shipped off-island

Money appears to be available for Wrangell’s Byford yard cleanup that would allow remaining contaminated soil to be shipped off-island rather than disposed of in a local monofill. At the behest of Gov. Bill Walker, the Alaska Legislature approved...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

SEARHC meetings to lay out hospital acquisition likelihood

A series of meetings between Southeast Alaska Rural Health Consortium and the City and Borough of Wrangell are planned for early next week. The regional health group is entertaining making an offer to assume control of Wrangell Medical Center, a...

 

Wrangell golfers reclaim Ryder Cup

Outnumbered over the weekend, Wrangell’s team of golfers reclaimed the Ray Pederson Ryder Cup from their Petersburg rivals. Eighteen golfers played on Saturday, with a point awarded for the best score on each individual hole. Wrangell led five...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

Wrangell centenarian honored by state for longevity

Designating this May as Older Americans Month in Alaska, Gov. Bill Walker recognized Wrangell's oldest resident along with other centenarians across the state. In a special luncheon at the Wrangell...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

City looking at snips and cuts as budget patched together

Second and third budget workshops this month were held Monday and Tuesday night as the city moves closer to a final budget draft for the coming year. A fourth workshop has been scheduled for this...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

Fish fry to find funds for new memorial

The steering committee for an upcoming mariners’ memorial will be holding its first spring fundraiser this weekend. Taking advantage of the warmer weather, an outdoor fish fry event has been scheduled for 5 p.m. this Sunday at Heritage Harbor. The...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 10, 2018

Byford monofill on hold again for possible finance boost

At a public presentation at the Nolan Center on Monday, staff with the Department of Environmental Conservation and its contractors updated Wrangell on the status of a proposed monofill site on the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 10, 2018

Assembly advised staged approach to nuisances, makes Byford call

In a draft plan outlining action on borough-wide nuisance abatement, Wrangell manager Lisa Von Bargen advised a cautious approach to the City and Borough Assembly. Since last September assembly members have had tidying up the stacked junk and...

 

Both reservoirs are overflowing

Wrangell's water situation seems stable heading into the summer, with both reservoirs "overflowing" according to the latest update from Public Works. A combination of factors led to the enforcement...

 

Rescue dog team holding wine fundraiser

Wrangell’s search-and-rescue (SAR) dog program will be holding its second wine-tasting fundraiser on Friday. A component of Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department, SAR dogs are primarily used to assist in searches for missing persons, whether becoming...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 10, 2018

Roadside cleanup part of wider sweep on illegal dumpsites

As the city tries to contend with junk vehicles and collected waste (see Assembly story), other efforts to clean up Wrangell’s act have been underway. In April annual community-wide cleanup of parks and roadsides were undertaken by volunteers for...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 10, 2018

Wetlands mapping could encourage fish and development both

A regional nonprofit will be conducting a survey of Wrangell’s watersheds this summer in an attempt to encourage wetlands conservation. Angie Flickinger is the Wrangell area coordinator for Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, a regional...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 3, 2018

Monofill moving forward next week

Construction of a designated monofill site to store treated soil from a contaminated site cleanup will begin next week, after nine months’ delay. To be interred at a state-owned rock pit off Pats Creek Road, the site will house around 18,500 cubic...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 3, 2018

Nine return from Close Up trip to DC and NYC

Wrangell high schoolers participating in this year's Close Up trip to Washington D.C. and New York City returned on Monday, after spending more than a week on the East Coast. Taking off on the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 3, 2018

Abandoned carmageddon in neutral as city weighs options

The city is inching toward a planned purge of the island’s abandoned vehicles and assorted clutter. The unsightly problem has been a longstanding issue in public parking spaces such as at Shoemaker Bay Harbor, with unroadworthy vehicles left there...

 

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