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 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 21, 2021 

Tlingit culture, language lives on through heritage learners

It gets so heavy, sometimes you just want to put it down is how Virginia Oliver describes preserving the Tlingit language. "You want to cry," she said, "because it feels like your brain is going to...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 21, 2021 

Barges will use old sawmill dock while ramp under repair

A lifeline for food and supplies needs fixing - one of the flotation tanks beneath Wrangell's barge ramp has a hole. Port Director Steve Miller said harbor staff at the end of August noticed the ramp...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 21, 2021 

Five apply for job as interim borough manager

The borough received five applications for the interim borough manager position: Jeff Good, of Wrangell; Gene Green, of Silverton, Oregon; Mark Lynch, of Stanford, Illinois; Darrell Maple, of Jacksonville, Oregon; and David Palmer, of Anacortes,...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021

Villarma brings skills to job of borough finance director

Mason Villarma is good at math. "It's therapeutic, in a way. It always works out," Villarma, the borough's new finance director, said. The Gonzaga 2020 grad has plans to work out the borough's books...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021

Borough approves tidelands lease for oyster farm to set up at 4 Mile

The borough assembly approved a one-acre tidelands lease to Canoe Lagoon Oysters at its Tuesday night meeting. Co-owner Brian Herman said the business would use the intertidal area in front of the former airplane pullout at 4 Mile Zimovia Highway to...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021

Wrangell offers winter fitness options, motivation to keep moving

Devyn Johnson grew up playing sports in Wrangell. She didn't think about fitness until she was an adult – who, like a lot of people, gained the "Freshman 15" after high school, that bit of extra...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021

Oklahoma nurse finds herself helping out in Wrangell

Melissa Curttright has been a registered nurse for 16 years - the past two weeks in Wrangell. Like so many other hospital workers, the pandemic changed her plans. The 52-year-old RN from Oklahoma...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021

High school students learn to converse in sign language

Ann Hilburn began learning American Sign Language for an elective course in college, thinking it would benefit her aspirations of becoming a nurse. That class led her to change her career field...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Powell, Robbins, Allen, Whitaker all likely to win

Though 87 absentee and early votes and questioned ballots will not be tallied until Thursday, the leaders after Tuesday’s municipal election appear likely to win on the final count. Borough assembly candidate David Powell led Don McConachie Sr. by...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Tire cutter will help break down problem to smaller size

Wrangell will share a tire cutter with other Southeast communities, intending to cut down on the thousands of tires stacked at the dump by making it easier to ship out the smaller pieces. The borough...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Search begins for new borough manager after Von Bargen resigns

Wrangell has begun its search for a new borough manager. On Friday, the assembly accepted the resignation of Lisa Von Bargen from the post, effective Oct. 29. “It is with sadness I submit my letter of resignation as borough manager for this...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

History major finds a home at the museum

The new coordinator of the Nolan Center and Wrangell Museum wasn't a fan of the big city. So, Tyler Eagle left Spokane, Washington, right after graduating in 2018 from Gonzaga University and came...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Hot tubs, bears and trails: Forest Service gives update on projects

The U.S. Forest Service got to most of its Wrangell-area work projects this past summer, with one big job pushed into next spring. The Anan Wildlife Observatory- which has reached the end of "its...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Borough approves study to examine shipping rates over past decade

The borough is taking a closer look at the cost of shipping goods by barge to Wrangell. The assembly last Tuesday approved a $7,300 study by Rain Coast Data, prompted, in part, after Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski raised “the very serious issue of...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    September 30, 2021

Oyster farm part of a growth industry

Aquatic farming in Alaska could be a big industry, and completely sustainable. That's according to Wrangell's Julie Decker, executive director of Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, a nonprofit...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    September 30, 2021

New finance director will help borough better manage accounts

Mayor Steve Prysunka says it’s a priority to better understand all of the borough’s financial accounts, a job that will be easier now that Wrangell has a full-time finance director for the first time since February. Mason Villarma presented to...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    September 30, 2021

Mass casualty drill postponed to spring

A mass casualty exercise planned for the Wrangell Medical Center has been postponed. The volunteers needed to play victims, friends, family members and news reporters in the drill originally planned for Oct. 5 have been notified that the drill has...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    September 30, 2021

Volunteers help bring subsistence foods to elders

When the tide is low, the table is set. Sandy Churchill, a teacher at Tlingit & Haida Head Start in Wrangell, was referring to the ocean's banquet of sea cucumbers - known as yein in Tlingit -...

 

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