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 By Becca Clark    News    May 22, 2024 

Borough contribution to schools depends on what the state pays

The borough assembly has approved a local contribution to the school district that could cancel out a pending increase in state funding. The assembly on May 14 approved a local contribution of $1.3 million to the school district for the 2024-2025 sch...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 22, 2024 

Union petitions to add police to borough contract

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1547 has filed a petition with the state for Wrangell Police Department employees to vote on joining the union bargaining unit that represents other borough employees. The borough...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 22, 2024 

WCA hires Ed Caum as tourism coordinator

Cruise ships have started to make their appearances at the City Dock, and the Wrangell Cooperative Association has geared up for the season by hiring Ed Caum as tourism coordinator. Caum, known by...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 22, 2024 

King salmon derby confirmed for 2 weekends in June

The dates for this year’s king salmon derby have been set for two weekends: June 7-9 and June 14-16. The chamber of commerce is still deciding other details like the prizes for the largest fish and cost of tickets, said Tommy Wells, executive d...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 15, 2024

New museum display highlights clan items returned to Wrangell

The Nolan Center is unveiling a new display this weekend featuring repatriated clan items that were returned to Wrangell last fall. Objects in the display include xóots shákee.át, a bear he...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 15, 2024

Chamber lacks royalty candidates for 4th fundraising

Next year’s Fourth of July celebration, Wrangell’s most popular holiday, may be in jeopardy – the May 1 deadline to turn in paperwork yielded zero royalty candidates. It takes a village to put on the fireworks and countless other festivities for t...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 15, 2024

Historian addresses elephant in the room

Ronan Rooney picked the Nose for his latest history lesson. The podcaster recently wrote a blog post about one of the island's most photographed landmarks: Elephant's Nose. It's at the northern tip...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 15, 2024

New harbor security cameras focus on fighting crime

Wrangell now has a total of 56 security cameras up and running across all its harbors and the Marine Service Center. The cameras run 24 hours a day and pick up clear footage in all lighting situations, said Harbormaster Steve Miller, even capturing...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 15, 2024

New online dictionary helps teach Native languages

There’s a new way to learn Native languages: Sealaska Heritage Institute has created an online searchable dictionary with accompanying audio. The online dictionary allows users to search words and phrases in English or Lingít (Tlingit language), Xaad...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 8, 2024

Paddlers prepare for weeklong journey to Celebration

On May 29, a 39-foot canoe of Wrangell paddlers will start the week-long, 150-nautical-mile journey to Juneau for Celebration, the biennial Native culture festival. This year marks the first time...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 8, 2024

Workshop this weekend will teach sea otter pelt sewing

"Wear sea otter, save a crab!" says Jeremiah James. James will teach a sea otter skin sewing class in Wrangell Thursday through Sunday, May 9-12, at the Wrangell Cooperative Association cultural...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 8, 2024

Class will teach sustainable cedar bark harvesting

As the art of cedar weaving continues to grow in popularity, so does the need for a supply of cedar bark. Deborah Head of Craig will teach a class in Wrangell to harvest cedar bark sustainably, without harming the trees. The sessions will run...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 8, 2024

Zimovia Highway rockfall mitigation work to begin this month

The Alaska Department of Transportation has contracted Hiex Construction of Haines to conduct rockfall mitigation and slope stabilization work between 5.5 and 8.5 Mile Zimovia Highway. The work will likely begin just before Memorial Day, Hiex...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Borough assembly, school board discuss local funding

The borough assembly and school board met April 23 in a joint work session to discuss local funding for the school district for the 2024-2025 school year. The school district has requested $1.75 million from the borough, which is the maximum local...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Borough looking at sales tax changes to raise revenue - but not the rate

Assembly members expressed interest — but also caution — in what borough staff can come with to change the sales tax code to possibly raise more revenue without raising the actual tax rate. Raising more money from sales tax would allow the bor...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Borough to conduct random sales tax audits of businesses

The borough will conduct sales tax audits periodically over the next year. Ten businesses will be selected at a time, covering various categories of business types, Borough Manager Mason Villarma said April 24. The audits are an effort to preserve...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Borough increases rates and fees to cover for inflation

The borough will raise some of its rates and fees for things like the Nolan Center, port and harbors and light and power to account for inflation, effective July 1. Among the more notable increases are for space rentals for commercial or private...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Prize-winning reporter will talk about rural public safety at remembrance day event

Kyle Hopkins, an award-winning journalist for his reporting work on sexual assault in Alaska, will be the keynote speaker at an event for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Awareness Day at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Shakes Tribal House....

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Radke retires after 4 years as police chief

Wrangell Police Chief Tom Radke retired April 5 after four years in the job. He started in Wrangell at the beginning of 2020 after moving from Minnesota, where he worked in the field for almost 30 years. “Wrangell is a great town,” he said, “an...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Borough awarded $50,000 grant for cybersecurity

The borough received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to put together a comprehensive cybersecurity plan. Developing a cybersecurity plan entails contracting a consulting team to help the borough conduct risk assessments...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 24, 2024

Assembly approves longer-term lease at former mill site

The borough assembly has approved a longer-term lease with Channel Construction at the former 6-Mile mill site where the company plans to build two 3,200-square-foot shop buildings. Under terms of the agreement approved April 9, Channel would store e...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 24, 2024

Borough receives federal reimbursement for landslide expenses

The borough will be reimbursed for roughly $900,000 it spent on debris removal, restoring downed power lines, overtime pay and other expenses after the deadly landslide in November. The borough’s request for federal disaster assistance for the N...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 24, 2024

Parents caught off guard by court ruling on homeschool funding

Wrangell parents of homeschooled children enrolled in correspondence programs said they were caught by surprise when an Alaska judge ruled unconstitutional the use of state funds for such programs. The law allowed parents of correspondence students...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 24, 2024

WCA awarded federal funds to develop climate change response plan

Wrangell Cooperative Association’s Tl’átḵ - Earth Branch was awarded over $200,000 from the Bureau of Indian Affairs for its climate action and adaptation plan to help respond to the growing concerns and risks of climate change. In surveys conduc...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 17, 2024

Borough approves sale of hospital property to real estate developer

The borough assembly approved the sale of the former medical center and six adjacent lots to property developer Wayne Johnson on April 9. Johnson is a Georgia-based real estate developer hoping to build a 48-unit condo-style housing development with...

 

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