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  • Wrangell walkers cover 5,500 miles and win Southeast trophy

    Sage Smiley, KSTK|Sep 20, 2023

    Wrangell won a regional Parks and Recreation competition as local participants walked more than others in Southeast this summer. On average, Wrangell’s 22 participants in the challenge tallied 252 miles each — enough to walk from Juneau to Wrangell to Ketchikan, with almost two dozen miles to spare. In total, the 22 people walked more than 5,500 miles. Wrangell Parks and Rec Director Lucy Robinson told the borough assembly at its Sept. 12 meeting that her department helped promote and localize the competition. “We did some fun stuff,” Robinso...

  • Minor fire delays Columbia and ruins 10 cases of beer

    Sage Smiley, KSTK|Aug 30, 2023

    No one was reported injured beyond minor smoke inhalation in an early morning small fire aboard the state ferry Columbia on its southbound voyage into Wrangell on Aug. 23. All 11 passengers and crew taken off the ship for medical evaluation in Wrangell returned to the ferry as it continued its voyage to Ketchikan later that same day, according to a spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Transportation. The fire started in cardboard near an ice machine in the bar area, the spokeswoman said. Ten cases of beer were lost to the fire....

  • Rebuild will keep Roosevelt Harbor dock out of service until next year

    Sage Smiley, KSTK|Aug 9, 2023

    The dock at Roosevelt Harbor on Zarembo Island, about 15 miles southwest of Wrangell, was severely damaged in a storm last winter and will be out of service until next year. Initially, the U.S. Forest Service said it hoped to have the dock fixed by deer season this year, which opened Aug. 1, but the contract still hasn’t been awarded. The cost of the repair project isn’t publicly available until the agency awards the contract. For hunters heading to Zarembo, the rustic boat launch at Roosevelt is still usable for landing crafts to pot...

  • Community in better water shape than last week

    Sage Smiley, KSTK|Aug 2, 2023

    It wasn’t a downpour but it was enough to raise the water level at both reservoirs and ease fears of shortages, Public Works Director Tom Wetor said of the rainfall Sunday and Monday. “Overall, I’m feeling pretty good,” he said Monday morning. With just a few weeks left of the heaviest water demand for salmon processing, and with the traditionally rainy weather of early fall approaching, Wetor thinks Wrangell will make it through the summer. “We’re in pretty good shape right now.” The borough last week urged residents to conserve water after a...