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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 17, 2019 

Assembly approves tail insurance policies for medical center

The borough assembly held a short special meeting last Friday night, Jan. 11. The purpose of the meeting was to approve of two tail insurance policies for the Wrangell Medical Center. Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen explained that tail insurance is...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 17, 2019 

City meets to discuss priorities for future cruise seasons

The 2019 cruise season is just around the corner. Starting in April and ending in October, about 57 cruise ships are scheduled to stop at the city dock. To get ahead of the upcoming busy season, city officials and businessmen all came together on...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 17, 2019 

Planning and Zoning Commission approve "Curleyville" replat

Wrangell’s planning and zoning commission met last Thursday evening to review and approve of the rezoning of several lots owned by Armstrong Rents, LLC. Robert Armstrong came before the commission to give some history on the lots, which are located...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 17, 2019 

Borough assembly hears hospital update, approves legislative priorities

The Wrangell borough assembly met last Tuesday night to hear an update on the transition of the Wrangell Medical Center to SEARHC control. The regional healthcare consortium took over the medical center late last year and is in the process of...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    Sports    January 17, 2019 

Lady Wolves dominate in first home games of the season

Wrangell High School hosted their first home games of the basketball season last weekend with Craig. The games on Friday and Saturday were hard-fought, but the Wrangell Lady Wolves came out...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    Sports    January 17, 2019 

Strong opening for Wolves basketball season

After going three-to-one in the Rally the Regions tournament earlier this month, the Wrangell Wolves played their first games of the regular season last weekend. Wrangell hosted the Craig Panthers,...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 17, 2019 

2018: A year in review, Part 2

April The Department of Transportation is finally able to get started on a major Wrangell road repaving project. Perforated by potholes, the borough’s Evergreen Avenue will be resurfaced and repaired, with pedestrian improvements and other fixes....

 

Board upholds termination of art teacher

In an 8 ½ hour meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Wrangell School Board upheld the firing of first year art teacher Shanna Mall. Starting at 4 p.m., the school board held a public hearing on the potential termination of a high school art teacher well past...

 

2018: A year in review, Part 1

The past year has been a busy one for the community of Wrangell, and also one full of changes. Elections have come and gone, the school district saw a new superintendent and two new principals, a high school swimming and diving team was organized,...

 

Town comes together to remember local centenarian

Lawrence Bahovec was a longtime resident of Wrangell, one of the oldest on the island. He was born on Jan. 4, 1917 in the city of Chicago, Illinois, but his family moved to Wrangell early in his...

 

Rod Rhoades keeping the lights on in Wrangell

With over two decades of experience handling the electrical infrastructure for Alyeska Pipeline Services, Rod Rhoades said his new job as superintendent of electrical utilities is challenging and...

 

Lady Wolves claim title at Rally the Regions

The Wrangell Lady Wolves high school basketball team, claimed victory at the fourth annual Rally the Regions Hardwood Classic in Anchorage last week. The tournament, a round-robin style event brings...

 

Wolves go 3-1 at Rally the Regions tournament

The Wrangell Wolves high school basketball team travelled to Dimond High School, in Anchorage, for the fourth annual Rally the Regions tournament. It brought together six schools, Wrangell included...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 3, 2019

Vivian Faith Prescott named judge of annual statewide poetry contest

The Fairbanks Arts Association opened their 24th annual statewide poetry contest for submissions this December. Each year, the association picks a new judge for the contest. This year will be judged by Wrangell resident Vivian Faith Prescott. Bahr sa...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 3, 2019

Parks and Recreation department offering lifeguard training

The Wrangell Parks and Recreation department is offering lifeguard training, starting on Jan. 10. The courses are open to all eligible candidates over the age of 16. Those wishing to participate must pass a few tests. The first test is a 300 yard...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 3, 2019

High school softball team being reorganized

Softball is a popular pastime across many small towns in the United States. However, in Wrangell, both softball and baseball have had low participation in recent memory. The most recent mention of a...

 

Basketball season opens with Rally the Regions

After some exciting alumni games, both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams left town for Rally the Regions, a round robin style tournament for 2A teams across Alaska. The tournament is a good opportunity for everybody to size up the...

 

Lady Wolves claim victory at volleyball alumni game

The Lady Wolves volleyball team held its annual alumni game last Wednesday, the day after Christmas. The game brought together current team members and former players to compete in a fun...

 

Small turnout for boat parade, winners announced for holiday decorating contest

The Doc Davenport Christmas Boat Parade has been a Wrangell tradition since the 1970s, when it was started by Wayne "Doc" Davenport. Fishermen and boat owners of Wrangell, traditionally, deck out...

 

Wrangell school district marks last day of school, first semester for new leadership

With snow falling all through town, the last day of school for the Wrangell school district was made just that much more special. After a long semester starting last August, students in elementary, middle, and high school now have a few weeks to...

 

Polar Bear Plunge coming this New Year

As many people in Wrangell are surely aware, Alaska is cold in the winter. While others may bundle up or drink lots of coffee to fight the cold, there is another group that embraces it. The Wrangell Polar Bear Club will be holding their annual...

 

Experience beats youth at girls' alumni game

Age and experience triumphed over youthful energy last Thursday night, Dec. 20. The Lady Wolves high school basketball team hosted its third annual alumni game as a fundraiser and a celebration of...

 

Wrangell Wolves lose high energy alumni game

The Wrangell Wolves boys basketball team kicked off its season with an alumni game last Friday night. Like the girl alumni gave the night before, attendees were treated to dinner before the game....

 

Ugly Christmas sweater contest at Rayme's Bar

Rayme's Bar, a popular location among many Wrangell residents, hosted its annual ugly Christmas sweater contest last Saturday night. The contest has been a tradition at the bar ever since it was...

 

The future of healthcare in Wrangell celebrated

City officials, Wrangell Medical Center staff, SEARHC representatives, and many community members were present at the Nolan Center as the "future of healthcare" in Wrangell was celebrated. The party,...

 

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