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 By Dan Rudy    News    June 7, 2018

Kayakers spreading plastic-free message along coastline

A pair of Australian kayakers navigated their way to Wrangell over the weekend, part of a three-month excursion down the Pacific Ocean's northeastern coastline. Starting in Glacier Bay National Park...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 7, 2018

Royalty competition kicks off ahead of Fourth

It's a royal rumble this month, with the competition to see who gets crowned this year's king or queen of Wrangell's Independence Day celebrations starting off on May 31. Arranged by the Chamber of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 31, 2018

SEARHC-WMC deal looks promising, parties say

After a series of meetings and public presentations last week, a proposed acquisition of Wrangell Medical Center by a regional health group looks more probable. Southeast Alaska Rural Health...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 31, 2018

Small spate of intrusions at home and churches

There was a spate of mischief afoot this month with a pair of break-ins and some possible mischief being considered related events. Pastor Nettie Covalt at First Presbyterian Church reported an intrusion at the house of worship on May 22. Home to a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 31, 2018

Byford soil barging project to heave to next week

With the addition of funds by the Alaska Legislature into next year’s budget, treated soil at the former Byford junkyard site will be shifted to a staging area for transport off-island. For decades used as a private scrapyard, the four-acre site...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 31, 2018

City open to discuss nuisances, flushing new filter idea

Wrangell is still preparing to deal with nuisance abatement, though it will be approaching with an amiable cautiousness. City manager Lisa Von Bargen updated the City and Borough Assembly last week on progress so far made in reducing the various...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 24, 2018

Tribal members take field trip to Anan Creek

A group of Tlingit residents had a unique opportunity for an historical site visit with state archaeologists last week at Anan Creek, revisiting a traditional fishing ground. Now known best for its...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 24, 2018

Fourth royalty candidates unfurled for coming competition

This year's candidates for Wrangell's Fourth of July Royalty competition were announced at the Stikine Inn during a meet and greet Monday. Three young people will be running during next month's...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 24, 2018

Walker makes stop into Petersburg for May 17 festival

PETERSBURG ­– Gov. Bill Walker stopped in Petersburg for a brief visit Friday, making the rounds for meetings and taking some time to participate in its Little Norway festivities. "It's perfect. I...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 24, 2018

Ortiz reflects on compromise budget as session ends

The 30th Legislature drew its latest session to a close earlier last week, pushing forward a budget deal that would tap into earnings from Alaska’s Permanent Fund to draw down its spending deficit from the billions to around $700 million next...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

Plenty of projects for outgoing senior class

As Wrangell's high school of seniors prepares to receive their diplomas on Friday, last week 17 students took time to showcase their capstone projects at the gym. Required for graduation, the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

Budget allows for Byford soil to be shipped off-island

Money appears to be available for Wrangell’s Byford yard cleanup that would allow remaining contaminated soil to be shipped off-island rather than disposed of in a local monofill. At the behest of Gov. Bill Walker, the Alaska Legislature approved...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

SEARHC meetings to lay out hospital acquisition likelihood

A series of meetings between Southeast Alaska Rural Health Consortium and the City and Borough of Wrangell are planned for early next week. The regional health group is entertaining making an offer to assume control of Wrangell Medical Center, a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

Wrangell centenarian honored by state for longevity

Designating this May as Older Americans Month in Alaska, Gov. Bill Walker recognized Wrangell's oldest resident along with other centenarians across the state. In a special luncheon at the Wrangell...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

City looking at snips and cuts as budget patched together

Second and third budget workshops this month were held Monday and Tuesday night as the city moves closer to a final budget draft for the coming year. A fourth workshop has been scheduled for this...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

Fish fry to find funds for new memorial

The steering committee for an upcoming mariners’ memorial will be holding its first spring fundraiser this weekend. Taking advantage of the warmer weather, an outdoor fish fry event has been scheduled for 5 p.m. this Sunday at Heritage Harbor. The...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 10, 2018

Byford monofill on hold again for possible finance boost

At a public presentation at the Nolan Center on Monday, staff with the Department of Environmental Conservation and its contractors updated Wrangell on the status of a proposed monofill site on the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 10, 2018

Assembly advised staged approach to nuisances, makes Byford call

In a draft plan outlining action on borough-wide nuisance abatement, Wrangell manager Lisa Von Bargen advised a cautious approach to the City and Borough Assembly. Since last September assembly members have had tidying up the stacked junk and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 10, 2018

Roadside cleanup part of wider sweep on illegal dumpsites

As the city tries to contend with junk vehicles and collected waste (see Assembly story), other efforts to clean up Wrangell’s act have been underway. In April annual community-wide cleanup of parks and roadsides were undertaken by volunteers for...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 10, 2018

Wetlands mapping could encourage fish and development both

A regional nonprofit will be conducting a survey of Wrangell’s watersheds this summer in an attempt to encourage wetlands conservation. Angie Flickinger is the Wrangell area coordinator for Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, a regional...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 3, 2018

Monofill moving forward next week

Construction of a designated monofill site to store treated soil from a contaminated site cleanup will begin next week, after nine months’ delay. To be interred at a state-owned rock pit off Pats Creek Road, the site will house around 18,500 cubic...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 3, 2018

Nine return from Close Up trip to DC and NYC

Wrangell high schoolers participating in this year's Close Up trip to Washington D.C. and New York City returned on Monday, after spending more than a week on the East Coast. Taking off on the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 3, 2018

Abandoned carmageddon in neutral as city weighs options

The city is inching toward a planned purge of the island’s abandoned vehicles and assorted clutter. The unsightly problem has been a longstanding issue in public parking spaces such as at Shoemaker Bay Harbor, with unroadworthy vehicles left there...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 3, 2018

Citizen science a push of this year's bird festival

At last week's 21st annual Stikine River Birding Festival, increasing public involvement in conservation efforts was a strong theme. The festival's focus always centers around the diverse bird...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    May 3, 2018

Swim Club sends three to state olympics

Three athletes from Wrangell Swim Club competed with 450 other swimmers from around the state last weekend, participating at the Alaska Junior Olympics in Anchorage. Coach Jamie Roberts reported it wa...

 

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