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 By Brian O Connor    News    July 10, 2014

Fourth festival comes to Wrangell

The Fourth of July started with a pie-eating contest and ended not with a bang but with the stamp of feet on pavement at Volunteer Park. The five-day event began July 1 with the Welcome Home Picnic and concluded on the day after Independence Day with... Full story

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    July 10, 2014

Smith crowned Fourth of July Queen

Months of small-business decisions, pavement pounding, hand wringing and stress culminated on the Evergreen Elementary School stage Thursday evening. Graduating senior Erica Smith was crowned the Fourth of July Queen. Smith edged second-place... Full story

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 26, 2014

Assembly votes to raise electric rates

The borough assembly voted 5-1 to raise electric rates seven percent Tuesday. The rates increases are aimed to off-set declines in the budget reserves of the electric light utility fund. Officials have said that increasing health insurance, labor,... Full story

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 26, 2014

Slide deployment delays flight

An emergency slide on an Alaska Airlines jet plane deployed accidentally Saturday, delaying a north-bound flight for several hours at Wrangell Airport, according to a spokesperson for the company.... Full story

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 26, 2014

Therapy cap extension impacts Southeast patients

Patients in local hospitals could face new limitations on how physical therapy can be paid for in Southeast Alaska hospitals. Annual caps for the amount of physical therapy have, in past years, been restricted only to hospitals that did not receive t... Full story

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 26, 2014

Fourth festivities will feature new fair

Among the countless events inherited from Fourth of July festivities stretching decades into the past, two new events will feature in this year's festivities. A Red, White and Blue fair aims to boost participation in the Southeast Alaska State fair...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 26, 2014

Rain, clouds don't deter solstice fair

Attendance at Saturday's summer solstice block party easily topped last year's inaugural edition by most accounts. Most Fourth of July Queen food booths stayed open late. Dual candidates Robyn Booker...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 26, 2014

Amid Fourth of July festivities, Nolan Center marks decade

It began, in part, with a dance. In 2004, Alaska's first lady and many residents of the town attended the ribbon cutting for the newly constructed James and Elsie Nolan Center. Amid the festivities...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 26, 2014

Early 2015 numbers project hospital cash increase

Preliminary hospital budget figures show the hospital anticipates a five percent revenue increase in the next fiscal year. Operating revenues are projected to increase five percent, while operating...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 26, 2014

KSTK hires new reporter

Katarina Sostaric graduated this spring from the University of Missouri-Columbia and wanted to see somewhere beautiful. Less than a month and a half later, and after a few days of training in Juneau,...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 26, 2014

Survey: recycling, illegal dumping top local environmental issues

An informal survey of Wrangellites conducted by the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP) concluded illegal dumping and recycling were the top environmental issues locally. The survey’s 158 respondents were asked to rank, on a...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 19, 2014

Stough resigns from Assembly, TBPC

James Stough resigned from both the Thomas Bay Power Commission (TBPC) and the borough assembly Friday. TBPC secretary Dave Galla resigned the same day. The resignations came a day after a Petersburg... Full story

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 19, 2014

Lights, Camera, Wrangell

Some burly men were duct taping a video camera to the side of a plasma cutter in a shipping container at the Marine Services Center Friday afternoon. The camera was a GoPro. The plasma cutter... Full story

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 19, 2014

School officials table food services contract

School board members tabled by unanimous consent a food services contract with Nana Management Services, LLC (NMS) at Monday’s regular school board meeting. In particular, discussion focused on codifying an unwritten agreement between the company... Full story

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 19, 2014

Assembly to consider raising electric rates

An ordinance change passed on first reading at the June 10 assembly meeting could raise electric rates by as much as 10 percent by January 2015. If approved as worded – judging only from preliminary discussion at the assembly meeting, that appears...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 19, 2014

Officials look to Rally's return

Officials this week tried to make the best of last week’s postponement of the Salty Dog Rally. Among the officials who expressed disappointment was Leslie Cummings, a Wrangell Convention and Visitors Bureau board member who played a large role in...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 19, 2014

Power official urges caution with fish entrails

Fish guts and good intentions have caused at least one of two short bird-related power outages in the last two weeks, officials with Wrangell Light & Power said. Fishermen with an eye toward offer...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 19, 2014

Wrangell rentals in seasonally short supply

When their Plan A for housing fell through, the seven-member Bosdell family pitched Plan B in Shoemaker Park. Plan B was a three-room tent. Plan A had been to buy property at Olive Cove, but at the last minute, the deal fell through, Victoria Bosdell...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 19, 2014

Zoning commission approves variances

The planning and zoning commission voted 5-0 to approve a pair of measures for a local tanning salon June 12. In the first vote, the board approved a conditional use permit for the permanent location of SunDash Tanning at 105 Church Street. The...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 19, 2014

Salmon Derby prizes awarded

Fishermen and fishing enthusiasts gathered at the Nolan Center June 12 to garner cash and prizes for the 2014 Salmon Derby. The Derby has been held since 1953, said master of ceremonies Jeff...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 12, 2014

TBPC approves resolution supporting SEAPA takeover

Thomas Bay Power commissioners voted 5-0 to support the handover of Tyee Lake to the Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA). The special meeting, held June 5, was the commission’s first in at least two months and drew Petersburg commissioners as... Full story

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 12, 2014

Familiar faces in race to replace Wilson

Candidates for the newly renumbered State Representative District 36 say jobs and connections were among the key issues for Southeast. Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly member Agnes Moran, Wilson...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 12, 2014

Borough assembly approves 2015 budget

The borough assembly voted 5-0 Tuesday to pass both the property tax rate and the municipal budget for the fiscal year 2015. At a May 13 budget workshop, officials pledged the mill rate of 12.75 mills will remain unchanged this year. That means that...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 12, 2014

Summer road work projects will pave Weber, Cassiar

Summer road projects will result in two Wrangell streets being paved for the first time. Work is currently underway to pave Weber Street, starting at its intersection with Church Street and stretching up into the small subdivision above Reid Street,...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    June 12, 2014

Lemonade peddlers line Front Street

While lemonade – organic, strawberry, cherry, pink and blue – was definitely for sale Saturday, it was far from the only thing eager Wrangell children were selling at stands on the borough's main...

 

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