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 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 8, 2022

Borough lists old hospital for auction

The borough has listed the former Wrangell Medical Center for sale to the highest bidder until June 30, at a minimum bid of $830,000, the value assigned by an April appraisal. The hospital has been va...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 8, 2022

Borough purchase of old mill property delayed by lien against owner

Closing on the borough’s $2.6 million purchase of the 39-acre former sawmill property at 6 Mile has been delayed until June 20, Borough Manager Jeff Good said June 1, the day the sale was supposed to close. The sale is delayed until the seller can...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 8, 2022

Forest Service Chief Shakes hot tub project delayed to next year

Work on an outdoor deck at Chief Shakes Hot Springs up the Stikine River has been delayed until next spring, after federal funds the Forest Service expected for the project have yet to arrive. The site, which consists of two hot tubs — one indoor...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 8, 2022

Author's book characters are composites of real people in Southeast

When Christi Slaven's kids were tiny, she set her typewriter down on the breakfast bar in her parents' house and wrote a novel. She burned all 300 pages when she was done. "It was terrible," Slaven sa...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 1, 2022

Wrangell dancers will lead at Celebration next week

For the first time in four years, Celebration, one of the largest gatherings of Southeast Alaska Native peoples to celebrate their culture, will be held in person in Juneau from June 8-11. The...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 1, 2022

Borough approves higher rates for trash collection, landfill fees

Residents will see higher fees for trash pickup on their June bill. The rate for a typical 48-gallon trash can will go up from $28.60 to $43.20 a month, with rate increases for trash containers of all sizes. Landfill fees also increased. The borough...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 1, 2022

Borough will auction former Byford junkyard for residential development

About 1.75 acres of a former junkyard will be put up for auction for residential development by the borough this summer. The borough-owned lots at Mile 4 Zimovia Highway will be listed on publicsurplus.com, a privately owned online auction service...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 1, 2022

Cruise ship workers with COVID quarantined at Stikine Inn

Three crew members aboard the 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Bird operated by Lindblad Expeditions were quarantined with COVID-19 at the Stikine Inn. The three were brought to Wrangell from Petersburg after the ship docked there on May 15, due...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 1, 2022

Work to begin this month on Roosevelt Harbor parking area project

The U.S. Forest Service on Thursday awarded a parking area restoration project at Roosevelt Harbor on Zarembo Island to Ketchikan Ready-Mix & Quarry, with work expected to begin in early June. About 70 vehicles in various stages of decay going back...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 1, 2022

Property tax rate unchanged from last year

At the assembly’s May 24 meeting, members unanimously approved a resolution setting the property tax levy for this year at 12.75 mills, which is $1,275 on every $100,000 in assessed value, the same rate as last year. The tax rate is 4 mills for...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 1, 2022

Arrival of credit card readers for dock hoists delayed

An order for cashless machines for the public to pay for use of the four dock hoists at the Port and Harbors Department is delayed — the manufacturer is still waiting on parts. Port Director Steve Miller said they ordered four credit card readers f...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022

SEARHC, borough settle on 10 years of annual $45,000 payments

The borough assembly and SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium have come to an agreement of voluntary payments by SEARHC of $45,000 per year for 10 years on property owned by the nonprofit health care provider in town. In negotiations that...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022

SEARHC to add four rooms at long-term care facility

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium plans to break ground in June on a four-room expansion to the 14-bed long-term care facility at Wrangell Medical Center. The 1,800-square-foot expansion was prompted by the community’s need for...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022

Assembly looks again at options to repair or replace Public Safety Building

The borough assembly is looking at updated cost estimates and options to repair or replace the ailing Public Safety Building. If the assembly settles on a plan, it could go to voters this fall to seek approval to issue bonds to pay for the work. Asse...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022

Cleanup of abandoned float debris needs high tides in October

A cleanup of abandoned pieces of old harbor floats the tribe was trying to get done this spring may be delayed until October. Project lead Kim Wickman said the high tides they need during daytime...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022

Borough will need to compensate for wetlands loss in Dewey trail project

The borough will be required to pay an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 to fulfill a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mitigation stipulation in order to obtain authorization to fill wetlands for the Mount Dewey trail extension project. The nearly $1 million...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

Assembly approves $1.6 million for schools; max allowed under state law

The assembly on May 10 unanimously approved $1.617 million as the borough contribution to the school budget for the 2022-2023 academic year, more than $300,000 higher than this year's local funding...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

Borough will auction off former hospital

The borough assembly on May 10 approved a resolution to put the former hospital building up for auction, with the borough running the sale rather than turning it over to an online surplus property vendor and paying a 5% commission. Assemblymember...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

Wrangell receives $1 million toward domestic violence prevention

A Ketchikan nonprofit has helped the Wrangell tribal council secure a $1 million federal grant toward domestic violence and sexual abuse prevention, and advocacy for survivors. Agnes Moran, executive...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

SEARHC negotiated payments in lieu of property taxes back on assembly agenda

The borough assembly was scheduled to hold a special meeting Tuesday evening to consider an agreement for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to make voluntary payments on tax-exempt property it owns in town. A draft agreement had been on...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022

Borough, SEARHC negotiating payment in lieu of property taxes

The borough assembly on Tuesday was to consider a draft agreement for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to make voluntary payments of $45,000 per year for 10 years on property owned by the nonprofit health care provider in town. The...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022

Wrangell readies for arrival of Ocean Victory cruise ship

The chamber of commerce is planning a welcome ceremony for the first ship on Wrangell's official cruise calendar, which also happens to be a brand new vessel making its inaugural sailing to...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022

Woodstove fire destroys fabric-covered hut at Svendsen Marine

A workshop at a Wrangell boat-building company on Case Avenue caught fire and was destroyed in the early morning hours of May 3. A firefighter was hurt in the response to Svendsen Marine at 3:18 a.m....

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022

Tidal Network internet tower delivery delayed

A pair of mobile towers on wheels that were anticipated to arrive this month in Wrangell for a pilot broadband network have been delayed until around September. Chris Cropley, network architect at Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022

New thrift store moving into bigger space

After less than a month in operation, the River's Mouth Resale thrift store is moving into a new space twice as large. They need more room "due to overwhelming support," owner Kelly Ellis said Thursda...

 

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