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Borough can hold $291,000 unforeseen state payment as cushion for bond debt

Wrangell has received $291,566 that it was owed by the state but never expected to receive, and could hold it as a cushion to soften the debt payments on bonds to repair school buildings and the Public Safety Building. Borough Finance Director...

Noordam brings 1,664 tourists to Wrangell on 'last minute' change to itinerary

The 935-foot-long Holland America Noordam made a stop in Wrangell last Wednesday, bringing 1,664 passengers and 700 crew members to town. Curious travelers flooded along Front Street and walked as...

Volunteers ready the roller rink to reopen this fall

The roller rink, a community gathering place which has been vacant the past three years, is slated to reopen this fall. According to Jim Freeman, one of the cleanup coordinators, the rink, housed at the Church of God, was a mainstay of Wrangell...

Forest Service to start improvements on Wrangell blueberry lands next spring

Next spring, the Forest Service will begin thinning portions of second-growth forest around Nemo Loop to improve blueberry yields in those areas. The blueberry enhancement project is a collaborative effort between the borough and the Forest...

Ballot includes bond issues, mill property, mayor and 7 other borough officials

It’s been 12 years since Wrangell voters were asked to approve the borough taking on debt, and next Tuesday’s municipal election ballot will include two such proposals to repair worn-down public buildings. The Oct. 4 ballot also will include...

Community garden plans for end-of-season work

Now that the community garden has put down roots and harvested a successful return, committee members are mulling over what comes next for the budding group. At its monthly meeting Sept. 20, a few...

New strategic plan could create specific goals for school district

During its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 19, the Wrangell school board started discussions on revising its strategic plan. Strategic plans provide school districts with guidance on reaching specific goals over the course of five years. The...

Rain garden built to help filter out polluted runoff

What some would see as just a portion of muddy lawn at City Park, Angie Flickinger saw as an opportunity to better the environment. A couple years ago, Flickinger, who works on a part-time basis with...

Borough commits to cover 10% of barge ramp project if grant covers the rest

At a special assembly meeting Sept. 20, the borough committed to match 10% of a possible $2,584,650 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for design and permitting of a new barge ramp. The borough has not received the grant but...

Alaska, Canada tribal members talk of shared interests in protecting rivers

Tribal members from both sides of the U.S.-Canada border — the headwaters and downstream region of the Stikine River — talked about strengthening their relationship when they met at the recent Sharing Our Knowledge conference in Wrangell. One...

Davies wants to encourage more boaters to home base in Wrangell

Winston Davies is running for an uncontested three-year term on the port commission to give back to his community and support Wrangell's commercial fishing industry. He has no previous experience in...

Yeager wants to help promote Wrangell's marine services

John Yeager, sport fishing guide and commercial halibut fisherman, plans to keep promoting sustainable growth in Wrangell during his upcoming three-year term on the port commission. "Fortunately, I...

Wilson wants to find more funding for schools

David Wilson has served two three-year terms on the Wrangell school board and is seeking re-election for a third. He is serving as board president during his second term. Since being elected to the...

Roundtree focused on budget and school lunches

Elizabeth Roundtree is running for one of two three-year seats on the Wrangell school board, and her main focus is creating more opportunities for students through funding. One of her main concerns,...

Ashton wants stronger partnerships with schools

Esther Ashton sees an opportunity to strengthen partnerships between the school district and entities such as the borough and U.S. Forest Service. She is running unopposed for a one-year seat on the...

Boys cross country team finishes third in Juneau

The Wrangell High School boys cross country team ran into a third-place finish last Saturday in Juneau at the Capital City Invitational. Eight runners made up the group, with sophomore Daniel Harrison leading his team, finishing fifth out of 143...

The Way We Were

Sept. 28, 1922 A party of prospectors came into town last week with an extensive collection of samples of various kinds of ore taken on the Iskoot in British Columbia. Some of the metals were gold, silver, lead and copper. The samples were...

Police report

Monday, Sept. 19 Report of drunk driver. Paper service. Reckless driving. Agency assist: Ambulance. Summons service. Citizen assist: Vehicle unlocked. Hazardous play. Agency assist: Violating conditions of release. Tuesday, Sept. 20 Report of drunk...

Reason for concern over state finances

Workers, families and retirees are not the only Alaskans squeezed by inflation, rising interest rates and tumbling investments. The state is in the same tight spot. And it could get worse. The price for Alaska North Slope crude oil was down to...

Vote yes on bonds; repairs will not get any cheaper

Time may heal all wounds — but that doesn’t apply to old buildings. Time just makes them worse and more expensive. That’s the case with Wrangell’s school buildings and Public Safety Building, which are all three or four decades old. All are...

Candidates need to share their opinions with the public

Voters will go to the polls next week with only two contested races on the ballot — mayor and two borough assembly seats. Choosing elected officials is an important decision for the community, and voters deserve to know where candidates stand on...

Maybe 'Animal Farm' more appropriate today than '1984'

I was in high school when I read “1984.” It was an assignment and a tough slog for me. I couldn’t see that happening here. We had too many examples of totalitarianism in South America and Eastern Europe for it to take root in America. We had...

Classified ads

HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following extracurricular positions for the 2022-2023 school year: - High School Assistant Volleyball Coach - High School Assistant Wrestling Coach - Middle School Boys...

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