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 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...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 4, 2022

Assembly approves 30% water rate hike; will show up in June bills

The borough assembly has approved a 30% boost to water rates effective May 1 instead of a 21% rate hike with additional smaller, staggered increases until 2026 originally suggested by staff. The assembly approved the increase April 26 after it...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 4, 2022

Borough assembly considers $350,000 to replace underground fuel tanks

As borough staff finalize the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the Capital Facilities Department is requesting $350,000 toward a fuel tank project to bring the high school and Public Safety Building into regulatory compliance by replacing...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 4, 2022

Borough will apply for state loan toward new water treatment plant

The borough assembly has approved applying for a $3.8 million loan from the state to fund construction of a new water treatment plant, estimated to cost nearly $15.4 million. The borough has nearly $11.1 million in funding from two federal grants...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 4, 2022

Bear cub found wandering Shoemaker Loop euthanized

A black bear cub seen wandering Shoemaker Loop off Zimovia Highway at 5.5 Mile last week was euthanized in Petersburg on April 24, a day after a state wildlife trooper and U.S. Forest Service officer captured it following several sightings by...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 4, 2022

Assembly postpones decision for auction of old hospital

The borough assembly on April 26 postponed a vote to put the old hospital building up for online auction after assembly members raised the question if the $830,000 starting bid went up to or beyond the $1 million limit in the law for selling...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 27, 2022

Borough may auction off former hospital building

The borough assembly may put the old hospital building up for online auction next month, at a starting bid of $830,000, the value deemed by a recent commercial appraisal. A Florida-based substance abuse treatment center that had expressed interest...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 27, 2022

Gillnetters 'do the best they can' amid restrictions

“Right now, we’re in a low-productivity era,” said Bill Auger, a fifth-generation commercial fisherman with 35 years of experience. Salmon fishing in District 8, in front of the Stikine River, has been closed for several years, and the gillnet...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 20, 2022

Assembly postpones 21% water rate increase, mulls 30%

The borough assembly has postponed for the second time a decision on a proposed increase in water rates, and is now considering a 30% boost instead of the 21% rate hike originally suggested by staff. The assembly last month delayed a decision on the...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 20, 2022

Sitka boatyard closure leads to more work in Wrangell

Wrangell’s Marine Service Center has seen a 20% to 30% increase in haul-out requests after Sitka’s boatyard closed April 1. “We’ve been getting overflow from Sitka since February,” Port Director Steve Miller said April 13. Normally the...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 20, 2022

Assembly rejects proposal to remove cap on taxable sales

The borough assembly has rejected a staff proposal to remove the cap on sales taxes payable on individual purchases. Dropping the limitation, which shuts off Wrangell’s 7% sales tax on the purchase price above $3,000, could have generated an estima...

 

Borough and tour operators get ready for visitor season

The community is short of public restrooms near the City Dock and could be short port security staff this summer if people don’t apply for the jobs soon. One is an immediate concern, while the restroom shortage requires a longer-term solution....

 

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