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'Winterizers' arrive in Wrangell


Brian O'Connor/ Wrangell Sentinel

Contractor Gerard Watson works on ducts in the ceiling of a bathroom of a trailer in Bloom's Trailer Court Monday. Watson was one of a six-man crew who came to Wrangell to work on weatherization projects for Alaska SafeTech. The average weatherization costs about $8,600, though it can range above and below that cost, according to SafeTech owner Ron Waldron.

A Sitka-based contractor working with the Alaska Community Development Corporation will conduct hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of winter preparations on local homes.

A six-man crew from Alaska SafeTech industries will work in, outside, and on top of local houses to prepare them for the winter. Between 30 and 35 local residents have already elected to have their houses weatherized and have registered ahead of time, according to SafeTech president Ron Waldron. The crew arrived and began work on Monday.

"The ideal thing would be to get here before winter starts," Waldron quipped.

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