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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 2, 2020 

SEARHC shares consortium-wide testing numbers, says community-only information too specific

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, according to several members of Wrangell's local government, has been doing a very good job of communicating with them during the ongoing COVID-19...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 2, 2020 

Uncertainties loom as tourist season draws closer

Tourism is an important industry for Wrangell, and one that has typically shown slow but steady growth over the years. A 2019 study by Rain Coast Data reports that the visitor industry accounted for n...


COVID-19 daily update:

April 8 Mayor Steve Prysunka provided the daily update by himself today, as Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen was occupied preparing for a borough assembly meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. tonight. This... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 2, 2020 

Fire at 8 mile, second house fire in a month

The Wrangell Fire Department and other public safety officials were called out the road Thursday afternoon, March 27. Dorianne Sprehe, with the fire department, said they received a direct call about...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 2, 2020 

Principal Macri resigns, Jack Carney named interim principal

David Macri was brought on as the new principal of Stikine Middle School and Wrangell High School in August of 2018. One year and seven months later, however, he has resigned from the position. Teache...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 2, 2020 

Grocery stores taking virus struggles in stride

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused many lifestyle changes in communities across the world, including here in Wrangell. With social distancing and self-quarantining, many people are doing their...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 2, 2020 

Assembly approves alternative for reservoir bypass project, hear COVID-19 response update

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met via teleconference last Tuesday evening, March 24. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has spread to Alaska even though not in Wrangell, city officials have taken...


Rainforest Islander to sail again

After years of sitting idle in the shipyard, the Rainforest Islander was put back in the water last Friday, March 27. Eric Yancey, of Breakaway Adventures, purchased the ship to launch a new...


Teachers on parade

Missing their students, due to the district being closed until May, teachers at Evergreen Elementary School organized a parade around town to see their students. Parents were encouraged to bring...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020

City issues shelter in place order, effective immediately

The City and Borough of Wrangell held a special meeting via teleconference last Sunday afternoon, March 22, to issue an emergency "shelter in place" order. The assembly recently granted the mayor and...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020

COVID-19 daily update:

4/1/20 COVID-19 Update Mayor Steve Prysunka and Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen hosted a brief teleconference, on Wed., April 1, to share pertinent information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic with... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020

Census packets delayed by COVID-19, responses still expected

While many events have been postponed or cancelled in response to the spread of COVID-19, in Alaska and across the world, Economic Development Director Carol Rushmore said that a high response rate...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020

Senior Center temporarily stopping congregate meals, continuing necessary services

As many readers are aware, the COVID-19 virus is continuing to spread around the globe. A relative handful of cases have been confirmed in Alaska, but many people and organizations around the state...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020

Planning and Zoning Commission holds four public hearings

Wrangell's Planning and Zoning Commission met last Tuesday evening, March 17, to hold a series of public hearings on several permit requests and agreement modifications. The first hearing was on a...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020

School district taking steps to provide education during closure

Due to the spread of COVID-19 through Alaska, many people and organizations have had to suddenly alter their schedules and day-to-day operations. The Wrangell School District, for example, is looking...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020

Hospital construction nears end of first year of work

Despite concerns of COVID-19, construction of the new Wrangell Medical Center has continued largely unhindered. Work on the new hospital began back in April of 2019, with an official groundbreaking ce...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020

State releases two new health mandates in response to COVID-19 spread

Governor Mike Dunleavy announced two new statewide health mandates Monday, March 23, in response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Alaska. These are the ninth and tenth health mandates the state...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Assembly cancels nonessential meetings, declares emergency in special meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a special meeting on Tuesday afternoon, March 17. In response to the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which recently reached Alaska, the assembly...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Recall effort gathers 66 signatures in Wrangell

The Recall Dunleavy movement, an ongoing effort to oust Governor Mike Dunleavy from office, has entered into its second round of signature gathering. The group successfully gathered about 49,000 signa...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Basics of budgeting covered by Salvation Army and TFCU

The Salvation Army and Tongass Federal Credit Union have partnered together to host a series of financial workshops. These monthly programs are scheduled to cover the basics of finances, from...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Wrangell takes precautionary steps for coronavirus

With the ongoing spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, many communities across the nation are doing their best to be prepared. This is also true in Alaska. There are only a few confirmed...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

School board adopts budget, approves transportation contract and resignation incentives

The Wrangell School board held a somewhat unique meeting Monday evening, March 16. Due to concerns about the coronavirus, though there have been no confirmed cases in Southeast Alaska as of this...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Gardening tips shared at first chautauqua of the season

Local gardeners met at the Nolan Center Thursday evening, March 12, to share advice in Wrangell's first chautauqua event of the season. The name "chautauqua" comes from a movement that began in the...


Lady Wolves end season on high note, says coach

With one loss, two wins, and one forfeit, the Wrangell Lady Wolves ended their season at Regionals this past week. The Lady Wolves went into Regionals with a second place seed, after a strong...


Another season ends for Wrangell Wolves

The Wrangell Wolves basketball team has returned from regionals in Juneau, another season completed. Much like their season this year, regionals saw both wins and hard-fought losses for the team. While they did not reach the championship or...


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