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Wrangell reports 6th and 7th COVID cases this month

Officials reported two new COVID-19 cases in Wrangell late Thursday afternoon, the sixth and seventh this month. "These individuals are Wrangell residents, and are both close contacts of a recent COVID positive case in Wrangell," the borough... Full story

Legislature funds 2 new state positions in Wrangell

Wrangell should know by June 30 — maybe sooner — if Gov. Mike Dunleavy will veto funding to restore two state jobs in the community that were headed toward approval by lawmakers in the final days of the legislative session. The governor has 20...

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Wrangell last stop in 43-day round-the-world flight

"If you have the dream, or hopes, just try that," Shinji Maeda said. "Put the effort to make that happen, not sit and complain about your life. That's the whole purpose of this flight." Maeda, 41, is...

Borough waits on state to share federal pandemic relief funds

The borough estimates its revenue loss due to the pandemic and its hit to economic activity in town could total almost $2.2 million by June 30, 2022. That total for lost revenue at the marine service center, port and harbors, utilities, the Nolan...

Power agency will start laying new undersea cable

A cable-laying barge is scheduled to start work between Vank and Woronkofski islands the first week of July to replace a 3.5-mile section of the power line that connects Wrangell and Petersburg. The undersea cable, which was installed in 1983,...

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Wrangell eagle and heron enjoying seafood meals in Sitka

A year-old eagle and a young great blue heron from Wrangell are spending the start of their summer at the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, gaining weight, growing feathers and getting strong enough to...

Borough approves permit for cell tower on north end

A conditional-use permit for construction of a new cell tower at the north end of town was approved by the planning and zoning commission last Thursday, after a consulting health physicist working for the developer testified that the tower’s...

Family Fishing Day at Pats Lake next Saturday

Continuing a decade-plus of tradition, the U.S. Forest Service and other volunteers will sponsor Family Fishing Day at Pats Lake from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26. The fishing day is an opportunity for families to come out and enjoy the outdoors, said...

Household hazardous waste drop-off is free June 29-30

Residents can each bring up to 200 pounds of household hazardous wastes to the borough’s solid waste transfer site at the end of the month and go home with their pickup or car trunk empty — no charge. The annual drop-off event will run from...

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Wrangell's new tourism branding promotes 'travel outside the lines'

With vibrant colors, an eye-catching logo and the goal of telling visitors what they can expect, Wrangell has launched its new tourism branding campaign. The "Travel Outside The Lines" slogan is...

Public hearing on borough budget tonight

Budget season is here for the borough assembly, which will hold a public hearing on the budget at 6 p.m. today at city hall. The new fiscal year starts July 1. The assembly already has set the property tax rate for next year. The workshop, and...

Face mask rule aboard commercial fishing boats will go away

The Coast Guard announced it has received permission from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to no longer enforce the mandate that requires anyone traveling on commercial vessels, including ferries and fishing boats, to wear a mask...

The Way We Were

June 17, 1921 The high school closed last Thursday after a very successful year. An increase in the number of instructors and the seating capacity enabled school authorities to care for the largest number of pupils ever enrolled at the Wrangell...

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First at the weigh station

Scott Young turned in the first catch of Wrangell's 66th king salmon derby on Tuesday afternoon. The Wrangell fisherman caught the 23.9-pound king in Stikine Strait. The...

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Basketball camp scores for 2 days

Ashley Bates ran dribbling drills at a basketball camp for seventh through 12th graders at the high school gym on June 3. Bates, with Make Yourself, an athletic training operation in Anchorage, was...

Edward 'Frank' Teague dies at 87

Edward “Frank” Teague, 87, of Wrangell, passed away on June 6, 2021, in Bend, Oregon. An obituary will be published at a later date. A memorial is being planned, but not finalized at this time. The retired fisherman lived in Wrangell, moving to... Full story

Police report

Monday, June 7 Welfare check. Noise complaint: Unfounded. Agency assist: Ambulance. Tuesday, June 8 Citizen assist. Motor vehicle accident. Agency assist: Fire. Wednesday, June 9 Intoxicated person. Welfare check. Speeding complaint. Agency assist:...

From the publisher: Too many airline passengers don't know how to behave

When I was a kid, if my brothers or I acted up while on a family drive — six people packed into a sedan, without air conditioning and long before the days of spacious minivans — our dad would do like so many of his generation. He would keep one...

Editorial: No secret that governor's math fails

Gov. Mike Dunleavy must have learned how to manage state finances from the same people who guard the world’s biggest secret recipes: Col. Sanders’ fried chicken, Coca-Cola, Big Mac’s special sauce, Twinkies and Dr. Pepper. Keeping secrets...

Opinion column: Overdrawing the Permanent Fund is not right for Alaska

If our old friend, and my mentor, the late Sen. Ted Stevens were with us today, he would have a short and direct solution to the extended deliberations of the Alaska Legislature and governor. It would be: “Just do what’s right for Alaska....

Fish Factor: New Alaska mariculture alliance looks for members

Alaskans who are engaged in or interested in mariculture are invited to become founding members in a new group that will advance the growing industry across the state. The newly formed Alaska Mariculture Alliance is a private, nonprofit successor...

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