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 By Dan Rudy    News    August 2, 2018

Upcoming golf tournament rallying funds for cancer care

The hospital's charitable foundation is planning a big weekend August 11 and 12 for its annual golf tournament, hoping to boost its cancer care travel fund. The Wrangell Medical Center Foundation was...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 19, 2018

Races, photographs and plenty of bears in annual festival

events next week, the ninth Wrangell has hosted. The five-day series of events has been organized each year by Sylvia Ettefagh, an outfitter with Alaska Vistas whose work frequently conveys visitors...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 19, 2018

Courts to consolidate Wrangell magistrate spot, Troopers to fill vacancy

Summer has found Wrangell with a pair of vacancies in the realm of law and order, with the retirement of its magistrate judge at June's end and the transfer of its Alaska Wildlife Trooper on July 11....

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 19, 2018

Reception for visiting relatives of island's namesake

The Friends of the Museum will be hosting a reception next Tuesday to celebrate Wrangell's eponym, in a sense, and welcome a group of his descendants. The island is one of the namesakes of a prominent...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 12, 2018

Local businesses highlighted in regional competition

On Monday organizers of the regional business development competition Path to Prosperity announced their 12 finalists for 2018, three of which come from Petersburg and Wrangell. Focused on...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 12, 2018

Driver reportedly intoxicated in fatal accident

Laboratory results from a fatal car accident last month indicate the driver had been under the influence of alcohol prior to the crash. Rainie Doak had been driving home with her three children on Zimovia Highway late the evening of June 10 when she...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 12, 2018

New Nolan director named, other vacancies still to fill

A new director for the Nolan Center was named late last week, with Cyni Crary to begin in the position later this month. Crary has been the executive director at the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce for most of the past eight years, coming with a backgro...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 12, 2018

Ferry troubles strike summer schedule

Technical trouble with the state ferry system has put a crimp on interisland travel recently. The M/V Columbia – one of two vessels making the north-south run each week in Southeast Alaska – had...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 5, 2018

ADEC annual report: the water's fine

With the start of the borough’s new business year beginning Sunday, residents Monday found summaries for local water quality during 2017 in their postal boxes. Conducted last year by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Drinking...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 28, 2018

Assembly gives blessing to Shoemaker bid

In its first relatively short meeting since concluding its budget process earlier this month, the Borough Assembly nonetheless found time to wade into some sizable items Tuesday. Members approved moving ahead with a contract offer to Tamico RnR JV...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 28, 2018

Five-day festival planned for this year's Fourth

This year’s Independence Day festivities are set to start Saturday morning, kicking off five whole days of activities. Organized by the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce, the celebration is a high mark on the community’s annual calendar, typically...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 28, 2018

Water seems to be fine at start of summer

The glass appears to be on the half-full side for Wrangell's water situation, as the season for peak usage of the resource starts up. "Our outlook is very good right now," reported Amber Al-Haddad,...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 28, 2018

Rates remain the same in new SEAPA budget

Meeting in Wrangell this week, board members with Southeast Alaska Power Agency approved a municipal rebate and power rates for the coming year. Headquartered in Ketchikan, the organization generates...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 28, 2018

Search underway for multiple vacancies at city

The hunt is on for a whole crop of high-level management positions in different city departments. The City and Borough of Wrangell is in the early stages of finding replacements for the heads of the Nolan Center, Wrangell Municipal Light and Power...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 28, 2018

Evergreen work begins, Shoemaker contract pending

A pair of major state-managed construction projects are either under way or about to move forward for 2018. Years in the making, after wrapping up some outstanding right-of-way issues this winter, the rehabilitation of Wrangell’s Evergreen Avenue...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 28, 2018

Magistrate judge retires after 30 years on bench

After 30 years on the bench, Wrangell's district magistrate will conclude her legal career today. Chris Ellis has served as a magistrate judge for First District Court in Wrangell for 14 of those year...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 21, 2018

New boats add heft to Wrangell's charter fleet

The local tourism sector has seen some logistical gains this season, as a trio of new boats are added to Wrangell's outfitter fleet. Mark Galla, of Alaska Peak and Seas, launched a newly upgraded...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 21, 2018

45th annual Sealaska meeting to be held in Wrangell this weekend

For the first time since 1995, Wrangell will be hosting the annual shareholders’ meeting for Sealaska Corporation this weekend. Formed in 1972 after the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act had been adopted the previous year, Sealaska has become...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 14, 2018

Assembly moving ahead with SEARHC hospital transfer

The City and Borough Assembly took its next serious step in redirecting Wrangell Medical Center’s future on Tuesday, authorizing a resolution to pursue a strategic affiliation with Southeast Alaska Rural Health Consortium. Earlier this year the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 14, 2018

AmeriCorps crew making friends and working projects

A group of visiting AmeriCorps volunteers have been leaving their mark around Wrangell the past month, with the community being their last stop in a 10-month tour of service. Ten volunteers coming...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 14, 2018

Accident at bridge results in two fatalities

A bridgeside traffic accident was discovered Monday evening, one which resulted in two fatalities and left two more passengers critically injured. Rainie Doak was traveling with her three children...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 14, 2018

Substitute steps in for royalty competition

The three-way royalty competition leading up to this year's July 4 celebrations has had a change of cast, Wrangell Chamber of Commerce announced last week. A regular feature of the local festivities,...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 14, 2018

2018-19 budget adopted amid maintenance needs

Following an estimated 14 hours of discussion over three separate workshops, members of the Wrangell City and Borough Assembly approved a budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Getting there has not been an easy process, mulling over a...

 By Dan Rudy    Sports    June 14, 2018

Weekend tourneys draw good crowd

Taking advantage of the fair weather, dozens of golfers hit the links at Muskeg Meadows over the weekend for a pair of tournaments. On June 8 the Stikine Sportsmen Association's annual tournament...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 14, 2018

Candidates file for district House races

With the legislative season at an end and no special sessions left in sight, candidates for Alaska’s primaries and general elections have already put themselves forward for voters’ consideration. By the end of the June 1 filing deadline, House...


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