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 By Larry Persily    News    January 17, 2024

Wrangell goes after $25 million grant to rebuild harbor floats

The borough will spend about $80,000 for an engineering report, cost estimates and conceptual drawings in hopes of winning a $25 million federal grant to rebuild the Inner Harbor, Reliance and Standard Oil floats. The grant application is due by...

 

Trump excels at something - being mean

Children are taught not to make fun of others, tease them or be mean. Parents, teachers, counselors, church leaders and community mentors such as Girl Scout and Little League volunteers work hard to explain why it’s hurtful to make fun of someone who...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 17, 2024

New owner wants to expand Wrangell seafood sales

A Pacific Northwest seafood business owner, whose family has been active in commercial fishing in Alaska since 1981, plans to buy and expand the operations of Fathom Seafoods in Wrangell. Peninsula Seafoods has applied to the borough for transfer of...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 17, 2024

Assembly raises rates for lightering cruise passengers to shore

Cruise ship operators that lighter their passengers to shore will pay higher port fees starting this summer in Wrangell. The borough assembly unanimously approved the new rate structure Jan. 9, following a port commission recommendation. The rates...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 10, 2024

Application period open for 43rd year of Permanent Fund dividends

Almost 110,000 Alaskans applied for the fall 2024 Permanent Fund dividend in the first eight days after the application period opened on Jan. 1. Applications close in 11 weeks, on March 31. Last year’s dividend was $1,312. This year’s amount wil...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 10, 2024

Middle Ridge Road closed 'for the foreseeable future'

Middle Ridge Road, heavily damaged and blocked in several places by a 3,400-foot-long landslide Nov. 20, will be out of service until the U.S. Forest Service can come up with a repair plan and funding...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 10, 2024

Port commission recommends mandatory insurance for boat owners

The port commission has recommended to the borough assembly approval of an ordinance that would require owners who moor their vessels at a reserved spot in Wrangell harbors to either provide proof of marine insurance or pay a monthly surcharge on...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 10, 2024

State goes to bid for rockfall-prevention work past 6-Mile

The Alaska Department of Transportation is seeking bids for rockfall-prevention work just past 6-Mile Zimovia Highway in an area known as The Bluffs and prone to rocks breaking off from the hillside and landing in the right of way. The work is...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 10, 2024

Borough ramps up marketing plan to attract more independent travelers

The intent is to promote Wrangell’s unique attractions, its wildlife, culture and history, aiming to attract more independent travelers to town. “Our goal is to establish a steady stream of visitors,” Kate Thomas, the borough’s economic develop...

 

AI is similar to a teenager, but costs more

There is at least one big similarity between artificial intelligence and teenagers. They both think they know everything. And now, an AI applications provider is promoting in its marketing material that it is just like a teenager. But first, a bit...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 10, 2024

Energy relief 'bonus' dividend looking smaller

This fall’s energy relief payment, which would go out along with the annual Permanent Fund dividend, is looking smaller than expected several months ago. The “bonus” on the 2024 dividend would come from state revenues in excess of what is neede...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 3, 2024

School district counts on state funding increase

It’s been eight years since the state last increased its per-student funding formula for public schools — a 0.5% nudge that year — and years of stagnant funding have caught up with districts statewide, including Wrangell. “We have to count on fund...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 3, 2024

Borough sees interest in former hospital property

After sitting vacant for almost three years — spending about half that time on the market — the borough is finally seeing interest from private parties in buying the former hospital property on Bennett Street. Three parties have expressed interest, s...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 3, 2024

Wrangell far down on state-funded school repairs list

Wrangell is No. 16 on the statewide priority list and unlikely to receive any school repair money this year from the state’s Major Maintenance Grant Fund. The list, prepared each year by the Alaska Department of Education after reviewing e...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 3, 2024

State postpones Zimovia Highway concrete repaving work to spring

Though the state Department of Transportation had hoped and planned to pave the rebuilt section of Zimovia Highway in the landslide area by early this month, the weather did not cooperate and the concrete work has been postponed to at least March....

 

We less partisanship, not more

Partisan politics itself is not evil. Disruptive, yes. Phony, certainly. Shortsighted, no doubt about it. On its own, partisanship is a childish game played by adults who care more about headlines, fundraising and winning elections than anything...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 3, 2024

Assembly next stop for residential subdivision land sale

The Economic Development Board has recommended to the borough assembly that it put up half of the 20 lots at the Alder Top Village (Keishangita.’aan) subdivision in an online auction to the highest bidders, with the other half going on sale by l...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 3, 2024

Borough looks to impose $300 fine for illegal tree cutting

People have been driving out the Spur Road and illegally cutting down trees on borough land and hauling away the logs, likely for firewood, Wrangell Police Chief Tom Radke said. In a move to combat the theft and damage to public property, the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 3, 2024

School district state travel account back to $52,000 deficit

The school district is advancing funds to cover student travel to state competition this school year, with the account at an estimated $52,000 deficit. The district is looking to the community and the newly created Wrangell Athletic Club to repay the...

 

Trident looks to sell Petersburg and Ketchikan plants; will keep Wrangell

Seattle-based Trident Seafoods will scale back its operations in an economically challenging global market and wants to sell several of its facilities in Alaska, including processing plants in...

 

Zimovia Highway landslide repairs will exceed $1.2 million

The cost of clearing landslide debris, digging up the roadbed to install three large culverts to carry runoff from the mountainside, building up a new base and shoulders, and then paving the rebuilt...

 

Governor's budget includes $5 million for Wrangell dam repairs

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed state budget for legislative consideration starting in January includes $5 million to strengthen the century-old earthen dams that contain Wrangell’s water reservoirs. The state grant would pay to “reinforce both these...

 

PFD the center of governor's budget universe

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is starting his sixth year as the state’s top elected leader. Sadly, he’s not providing much fiscal leadership, other than beating the drums for his perpetual political bandwagon that trumpets the Permanent Fund dividend at the...

 

Borough moves closer to decision on subdivision land sale

The borough has gone out to the public for a second time to survey their opinions on how to sell the first 20 lots of the Alder Top Village (Keishangita.’aan) subdivision, in advance of a decision by the Economic Development Board at its meeting s...

 

Residents advised to apply to learn if they qualify for disaster aid

A dozen Wrangell households had applied as of Dec. 7 for state financial aid to help them recover from the Nov. 20 landslide. The deadline to apply is not until Jan. 27, and an official with the state emergency management agency is encouraging...

 

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