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Wrangell back under face mask ordinance through April 30

Face masks are required in all indoor public spaces until 11:59 p.m. April 30 under an emergency ordinance approved unanimously by the borough assembly Saturday morning as the city responds to the COVID-19 breakout in town. The community tallied 16... Full story

Wrangell reports 16th COVID case

City officials reported another COVID-19 case Friday afternoon, bringing to 16 the number of positive cases since last Thursday. Though the city said it had no additional information on the latest case, infections reported Thursday and earlier in... Full story

Federal aid provides $700,000 boost to school budget

The latest Wrangell School District draft budget for the next school year includes an estimated $700,000 in additional federal relief aid, but board members expressed concern that the money, while...

City extends declaration to protect any relief funding

To ensure the city qualifies for federal and state disaster relief funding, the borough assembly has voted to extend Wrangell's emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic. In the same meeting...

Summer cruise ship traveler numbers continue to slide

After no season last year, Wrangell started 2021 with hopes of as many as 20,000 tourists coming to town this summer aboard cruise ships of varying sizes, with capacity of between 40 and 700...

Graduation preparations underway, maybe at the city dock

After a long and strange pandemic year, Wrangell's graduating seniors are preparing for the end of their high school education in May. Plans for a different, but in-person, graduation ceremony are...

Wrangell reports 9 COVID cases in 6 days

Wrangell tallied nine COVID-19 cases between last Thursday and late Tuesday afternoon, as the community is dealing with a spike in infections. "Health officials have found evidence of community...

Barge ramp due for repairs

Repair work to the city's barge ramp will be necessary in the near future, according to Harbormaster Steve Miller, though a timeline and budget for renovations are still being drawn up. Miller...

Governor wants national marketing campaign for Alaska tourism

Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he wants to use federal pandemic relief dollars for a national advertising campaign to support Alaska's tourism industry, though he provided no details or budget for the...

Assembly adopts changes to liveaboard definition

The borough assembly adopted changes Tuesday night to the harbor's liveaboard fee policy to make it easier for collection. The assembly earlier had backed away from a plan to increase the liveaboard...

Legislators try again to tax e-cigarettes

Legislators are trying again this year to tax "electronic smoking products"- e-cigarettes and vaping devices - the same as tobacco products. Bills to extend the state's tobacco tax to electronic...

Carly Allen takes over at Wrangell Medical Center

Leatha Merculieff, who has served both as SEARHC vice president and as Wrangell hospital administrator since SEARHC took over the facility in 2019, has been promoted to the consortium's senior vice...

The shots are real, even if they are virtual

Kendra Meissner, a junior on the Wrangell High School girls basketball team, prepares to release a 3-point shot in this year's virtual 2A Region V shooting competition. Brett Abrahamson, a graduating...

Wrangell takes second in Tom Sims Invitational

The Wrangell Wolves high school wrestling team took second place at the Tom Sims Invitational, their first home meet of the season, last Friday and Saturday. After two days of wrestling, the Wolves...

Little League bats back in business May 1

With somewhere close to 100 kids signed up, Wrangell Little League is gearing up for a new baseball season this summer. League President Briana Schilling said she is excited to see so many people...

The Way We Were

April 14, 1921 Richard Suratt, Wrangell’s movie photographer, sent recently to the company he represents an interesting group of pictures which were taken on his recent trip to see construction of the Alaska Railroad. The one that will no doubt...

Dan Nore dies at 79; he made friends everywhere

Albert Daniel Nore, 79, of Wrangell, Alaska, peacefully passed away on April 4, 2021, at his home, surrounded by loved ones. Dan was born on Sept. 6, 1941, to Bert and Zona Nore at Bishop Rowe... Full story

Police report

Monday, April 5 Agency assist: Hoonah Police Department Agency assist: Hospital Warrant check. Suspicious person. Tuesday, April 6 Agency assist: Search and rescue. Dog at large. Agency assist: Fire Department. Agency assist: Hoonah Police...

Editorial: Good advice on taxes

Though the Legislature is not looking to adopt a state sales tax or income tax this year, most lawmakers know it is inevitable. And most Alaskans should know it too, considering how we have dipped...

From the publisher: Alaska needs to market 2021 before it's too late

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan became law on March 11. Much of the federal money is directed to help states, cities, businesses and individuals recover from the economic damage of the...

Reflections: Finding beauty in the everyday

I know better than to romanticize beach glass. I know most began as beer bottles, with a random bottle of SKYY vodka contributing a little blue among the white and green and brown. But I also know...

Fish Factor: Maritime industry recruits Alaskans for seafaring jobs

Alaska fishermen displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic are being recruited for seafaring jobs aboard U.S. cargo barges, tankers, towboats, military support vessels, research and cruise ships and more. The Seafarers International Union (SIU) is...

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