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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    February 25, 2021 

New COVID case confirmed, schools and pool temporarily closed

A new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Wrangell today, prompting closures of school and community facilities. The community pool and all indoor Parks and Rec activities have been canceled until March 8. Evergreen Elementary School, Stikine Middle... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    February 25, 2021 

Another COVID-19 case announced, four currently active

The city has announced another active case of COVID-19 today, giving the community four currently active cases. According to the city, this latest case is a Wrangell resident and is currently in isolation. The community swimming pool and all indoor... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    February 25, 2021 

Free asymptomatic testing at Wrangell airport

Free asymptomatic COVID-19 testing will be available to all community members at Wrangell airport this weekend, starting Friday afternoon. In a Facebook post, the city announced that from 2 to 4:30 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    February 25, 2021 

School district down to four candidates for superintendent

The Wrangell School Board has narrowed down the list to four superintendent applicants to succeed Debbie Lancaster, who plans to leave the job June 30. Three of the four candidates work in Alaska,...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    February 25, 2021 

COVID-19 daily update:

December 17 Jamie Roberts, with the Wrangell EOC, reported that there are currently no active cases of COVID-19 in the community. Statewide, Alaska’s case count is 41,859 as of yesterday. This is... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    February 25, 2021 

Assembly prepares for return to limited in-person meetings

The Borough Assembly will hold in-person meetings in the near future, with limits on people in the room to account for the COVID-19 pandemic. During their meeting Tuesday night, the assembly adopted...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    February 25, 2021 

City rejects mayoral recall application

The city has rejected an application to begin the recall process against Mayor Steve Prysunka. Borough Clerk Kim Lane, in a Feb. 17 letter, said the petitioners' list of grievances against the mayor...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    February 25, 2021 

KSTK chili feed, art auction Saturday

Radio station KSTK, instead of its traditional cooking competition, will hold a chili feed at 11 a.m. Saturday at the downtown pavilion. Winners of KSTK's past cook-offs will serve bowls of their...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    February 25, 2021 

Sixth graders share technology knowledge

Stikine Middle School students explained to a statewide audience how they are using technology to cope with the pandemic-induced changes in their education. Members of the sixth grade class spoke at...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    February 25, 2021 

DMV working through backlog, says police chief

There is a backlog at the driver's license and vehicle registration office in Wrangell, said Police Chief Tom Radke, but they are working their way down the list and hope to have things running smoothly in the near future. The office in the Public...


City general fund projected to end year in surplus

Thanks to the use of federal CARES Act funds to offset wages, and not as bleak a year as had been expected for sales tax revenue, the city general fund is projected to close out Fiscal Year 2021 in th...


Wrangell one of four school districts to stay open all year

Wrangell is one of four school districts in the state to remain open all year through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to school officials. On top of providing a quality education, Alaska's more than...


Hospital completes move to new building

Just shy of 20 months after the groundbreaking ceremony, the new $30 million Wrangell Medical Center is fully operational. The final department to relocate from the old quarters - emergency services...


Travelers thankful to see a ferry, but would like to see more

Wally McDonald, who got off the southbound LeConte on Monday to check on his boat in Wrangell's harbor, said he was just thankful the ferry finally got him to town. It is challenging getting to and...


Newest police officer moved from Hoonah

Wrangell's newest police officer started work last week. Yuri Bezzubenko, formerly of Hoonah, North Carolina and Ukraine, said he joined the Wrangell Police Department in pursuit of new...


Food box distribution for second week Friday

The Wrangell Cooperative Association, Wrangell's tribal organization, and the Salvation Army collaborated last Friday to hand out 50 food boxes to people in need, with a second distribution planned...


Chief medical officer explains basics of COVID-19 vaccines

As part of ongoing efforts to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the chief medical officer of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium stood in front of a Wrangell audience -...


Mayoral recall application refiled

After their first application was too early, a group of 10 Wrangell residents on Monday refiled an application to recall Mayor Steve Prysunka after waiting the legally required 120 days into his...


Wolves defeat Panthers in first conference games

The Wrangell Wolves claimed two victories against the Craig Panthers in their first regular conference games of the season this year. The high school boys basketball team hosted Craig for a set of...


Lady Wolves claim two wins in season openers

The Wrangell Lady Wolves scored two victories in their season openers last Friday and Saturday. The girls basketball team hosted the Craig Lady Panthers for the first conference games of the season....


Two new COVID cases reported

Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Wrangell on Wednesday afternoon. According to the city, these latest cases are Wrangell residents who recently traveled together out of state. They both tested positive in travel-related testing, according... Full story


Fully vaccinated count reaches 325; almost 300 more with first dose

More than 600 Wrangell residents had received their first COVID-19 vaccination shot, and more than half of those had received their second dose, too, as of Tuesday. Meanwhile, the community's health...


Community market returns this Saturday

After a seven-week absence, Wrangell's community markets will return this Saturday at the Nolan Center. "We're really excited to have it back," Nolan Center Director Cyni Crary said of the event,...


Pandemic doesn't deter first-time pizza maker

Being creative with food, and providing meals for people, is a passion for Nic Martin. It came from his mother, he said, and further developed during this time on fishing boats. As a kid, his mother...


Borough goal of fiscal stability will be challenging

Fiscal stability, infrastructure and land development are among Wrangell's priorities for the near future. But it will not be easy. "I'm certain that this involves us purchasing a printing press and...


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