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Correction:

In last week’s story covering the assembly, the amount of treated soil to be interred in a monofill was misreported. As reported previously, the estimated volume will be 18,500 cubic yards....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 15, 2018

City goes code red as water shortage worsens

City Hall jumped a notch on its alert level Tuesday, declaring a Stage III water shortage watch. The third stage is the most severe in Wrangell’s water shortage management plan, adopted last year by the Borough Assembly. The city was previously on...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 15, 2018

Crossings staff gearing up for 2018 programming

Alaska Crossings is gearing up for its 2018 season, with guide training formally starting last week. The youth-oriented behavioral health program has operated out of Wrangell since its inception,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 15, 2018

Water, soil and hospital fill Assembly's plate Tuesday

Three big issues weighed heavily upon the Wrangell Assembly’s agenda Tuesday; impending crises with the city’s water supply, its hospital’s financial stability, and the state’s site selection for a monofill to house treated lead-contaminated...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 15, 2018

FCC OKs KSTK license transfer

The Federal Communications Commission last week approved the transfer of licenses from Wrangell Radio Group to CoastAlaska. A nonprofit radio and television service based in Juneau, CoastAlaska provid...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 15, 2018

Petersburg teens plead not guilty to deer harassment

PETERSBURG – Two Petersburg teens last week pleaded not guilty to charges of harassment in connection to chasing and hitting multiple deer with a pickup truck in early February. Jasmine Ohmer, 17, and Sebastian Davis, 17, appeared before Judge Will...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 15, 2018

Produce business awarded $25,000 start-up grant

An incipient Wrangell business has won the 2017 Path to Prosperity business competition, which includes a $25,000 grant award for starting up. Calling her business Mighty Bear Roots, resident Dixie Booker has proposed developing an aeroponic garden...

 

Future hazy for smoke-free workplace bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska is among a handful of states in the West that doesn’t mandate smoke-free workplaces statewide, and one powerful lawmaker is standing in the way of that changing. State Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux chairs the House Rules...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 15, 2018

Forest Service taking ideas for new Tongass project

The Forest Service held a public input session with Wrangell residents last week, as it puts together ideas for a 10- to 15-year project to benefit the Wrangell and Petersburg districts of the...

 

1/5 of Kodiak students report bringing weapon to high school

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – Twenty percent of high school students in Kodiak reported bringing a weapon to school within the last 30 days, according to an Alaska Department of Health study. The students’ responses raised concerns during a school board...

 

Alaska's population declines for first time in decades

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s population declined for the first time since the late 1980s, according to recent figures from Alaska’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The department published the statistics for 2017 in the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 8, 2018

Old cannon poised for display in museum collection

The Wrangell Museum added a new piece to its public gallery, an antique cannon. Not that the piece itself is new, thought to be close to two centuries old. Nor is it newly acquired, donated in 2002 to...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 8, 2018

Brian Gilbert fundraiser and golf tournament cancelled

Wrangell Medical Center Foundation last month issued a letter to supporters informing them it would forgo its annual fundraiser weekend this year. For the past ten years the Brian Gilbert Memorial Golf Tournament and fundraiser dinner is hosted in...

 

EPA and Trident reach settlement on Wrangell waste violations

The Environmental Protection Agency announced last Friday that it has reached an agreement with Trident Seafoods Corporation and the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act for discharges of fish waste at two seafood...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 8, 2018

Vacancy on SEAPA board to be filled

With the recent resignation of Clay Hammer from the Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) board of directors, the City and Borough of Wrangell is seeking letters of interest to fill the vacancy. SEAPA provides power to the communities of Wrangell,...

 

Outlook not so good as water shortage continues

The city requests residents continue to think conservatively about their water use as a Stage I water watch remains in effect. First issued on February 23 due to diminishing water reserves in the town’s two reservoirs, the conditions thought to hav...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 8, 2018

Swimmers make finals in Juneau championship meet

A trio of Wrangell swimmers went to Juneau last month to participate in the annual Alaska Age Group Championship. Wrangell Swim Club shared lanes with 21 other teams during the mid-February meet, whic...

 

Blood tests at a discount during month of March

Wrangell Medical Center’s annual health fair is coming up, with a month of discounted blood tests available at the hospital in the month leading up. Starting back on Monday, five of the tests the hospital’s laboratory administers have been reduce...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 1, 2018

City to consider some reorganization after several impending departures

The Wrangell Borough Assembly and City Hall staff held a roundtable discussion Tuesday evening about reorganizing several departments in light of upcoming retirements and departures. City manager...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 1, 2018

A dry freeze: City announces wintertime water shortage

The City and Borough of Wrangell has issued a conservation advisory to water utility users, as increased wintertime demand outpaces replenishment of the town’s reservoirs. A water watch was declared last Friday, the first of three stages in the...

 

Ferry to adjust schedule for Region V Music in Juneau

The Alaska Marine Highway System announced it has adjusted ferry service schedules for the middle of April in order to help roughly 400 students and chaperones from across Southeast travel to the Region V Music Festival in Juneau. AMHS will be...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 1, 2018

Byford monofill options still in discussion

With a month left before work is scheduled to resume, discussions continue on the future of a stockpile of contaminated soil excavated from the former Byford junkyard. Heading the cleanup effort that...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 1, 2018

City and hospital to set transition committee amid revenue problems

Assembly members commiserated with city and hospital staff on Monday to discuss how to move forward on new organizational arrangement at Wrangell Medical Center. Currently the hospital is a public asset, managed by the City and Borough of Wrangell....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 1, 2018

Open mic for Alaskans on operating budget draft

Wrangell residents will have an opportunity to offer their two cents on the state operating budget currently in development in the Alaska House. The basis for the draft budget was proposed by Gov. Bill Walker last December. Being considered now in...

 

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