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Trident will reopen this summer after 3-year shutdown

After a three-year closure blamed on weak chum returns, Seattle-based Trident Seafoods plans on running its Wrangell processing and cold storage plant this summer. “We’re going to operate in July and August,” focusing on chums and pinks,...

Pool will likely remain closed until late March to repair long-standing leak

The community pool may be empty after its Nov. 28 closure, but it is certainly not idle. A flurry of activity is taking place behind the scenes as borough staff and handy community members perform...

State ferry system will get $284 million from federal treasury

The federal ship has come in for the Alaska Marine Highway System, carrying more than $284 million for upgrades to old vessels, money to help pay for a new ferry, dock repairs, additional service to small communities and even a proposed...

Elective middle school class engages students with others around the world

When sixth grade teacher Laura Davies pitched the idea for a project and leadership elective class at Stikine Middle School, she had no idea what it would look like or what it would become. She only...

WCA starts small with compost pickup service; would like to grow bigger

Organizers hope a new program will generate as much compost as interest to reduce the amount of waste Wrangell ships out each month. The Wrangell Cooperative Association's IGAP department launched a...

State trying to fix food stamp delays, acknowledges people get frustrated when they're hungry

A month after a major backlog in Alaska’s food stamp application processing surfaced publicly, state officials are scrambling to hire emergency workers to address delays reaching crisis levels for Alaskans who depend on the federal program to...

Forest Service reverses Trump-era decision, restores roadless rule to Tongass

The Biden administration will ban new logging roads and limit development on Tongass National Forest lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Jan. 25. The decision, which repeals a 2020 U.S. Department of Agriculture action under the... Full story

Coast Guard, Wrangell Search and Rescue pick up overdue Point Baker boater

The Coast Guard rescued an 85-year-old overdue boater last Friday on a beach in Steamer Bay, after a Wrangell Search and Rescue crew located the man. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka landed on the beach about 20 miles southwest...

State board approves elk hunt on Zarembo for next year

The state Board of Game has approved a proposal to reopen an elk hunt on Zarembo Island, though the odds that a local could nab a tag and take a bull will be low — a small number of tags will be available and the drawing will be open to hunters...

Channel Construction to receive short-term lease at 6-Mile

After months of negotiation, the borough is ready to approve a short-term lease with Juneau-based scrap metal recycling company Channel Construction for a portion of the 6-Mile mill site. At its Jan. 24 meeting, the assembly authorized Borough...

Free AARP tax service applies to all ages, not just seniors

No matter your age, AARP has you covered, at least as far as tax return preparation is concerned. Each Saturday starting this week and going through April 15, the American Association of Retired Persons will provide free tax return services to...

Petition seeks to restore sea otters along U.S. West Coast

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A nonprofit group that aims to protect endangered species has asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce sea otters to a stretch of the West Coast from Northern California to Oregon. Threatened southern sea...

Senior's project will find funds to benefit St. Frances Animal Shelter

"I have always had a passion for animals," said senior Rylee Chelette. "When I was younger, I had cats, I had dogs, I had fish and I had hermit crabs I loved to play with. And I begged my mom to let...

Borough moves forward with final design for Alder Top Village subdivision

The borough is moving forward with design of the Alder Top Village (Keishangita.’aan) subdivision at the site of the former Wrangell Institute, a federal Alaska Native boarding school that closed in 1975. Borough officials hope the project will...

Mork and Vasquez-Kool welcome Wrangell's first baby of the year

Rebecca Mork and Kristofer Vasquez-Kool are the proud parents of our newest community member, Alice Lynn Mork. She was the first baby to join a Wrangell family in 2023. Alice was born at 2:38 p.m....

Wrangell manages one win out of six games against Metlakatla

Boys and girls varsity and junior varsity teams knew they would face some of the toughest teams in Southeast last Friday and Saturday as Metlakatla came to Wrangell for high school basketball. And...

The Way We Were

Feb. 1, 1923 When Charles Gearing and party came down the Stikine last week, they reached the government cabin at the head of the trail, tired and worn out from the trip. It was at night and the weather was cold. Upon entering the cabin they found...

Police report

Monday, Jan. 23 Audible alarm: Owners removed batteries. Agency assist: Transportation Security Administration. Traffic stop: Out-of-state plates; driver reported they are leaving in May. Agency assist: Petersburg Police Department. Tuesday, Jan....

Sen. Murkowski is right: Don't mess it up

Sen. Lisa Murkowski succeeded in convincing her colleagues that the Alaska Marine Highway System deserves more federal funding. The proof of her success in helping to write last year’s federal spending legislation is the $284 million in grants...

It's not our fault, but we seniors can help

Wrangell is getting older. Not just the town, but its residents. Which means its labor pool is getting older and leaving the workforce, with fewer younger people to fill job openings. The numbers are not good for businesses, the services they want...

Murkowski reminds Alaskans of congressional wins

Earlier this month, the 117th Congress formally adjourned, marking the close of a remarkably productive legislative stretch for Alaska. The past Congress was one of the best for our state in recent memory, and the bipartisan bills we passed will...

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