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Wrangell loses as Windstar Cruises cancels summer sailings

Cruise ship companies serving Southeast Alaska are taking reservations for the summer season after losing all of last year to the pandemic - but not all cruise lines will return this year. Windstar...

 

Stay longer next time

The Kennicott on Jan. 8 was the first state ferry to call on Wrangell in more than two months, and after a brief early morning unloading and loading it sailed away for Ketchikan. "Wrangell had one fer...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 14, 2021

Governor makes dividends key element of legislative session

The Legislature is set to convene next week in Juneau, with the Permanent Fund dividend perhaps the biggest issue lawmakers will confront. Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants the state to pay individual Alaskans...

 

Wrangell assembly extends emergency declaration

The Wrangell Borough Assembly unanimously voted Tuesday evening to extend the borough's COVID-19 emergency declaration through March to ensure the community remains eligible for any financial...

 

The Way We Were

Jan. 13, 1921 Richard Suratt, who went to New York City some time ago to oversee the coloring of the films he had sent in from here, returned to Wrangell on the steamer Seattle on Friday. Mr. Suratt reports that the great Metropolis is very quiet at...

 

Driver escapes after truck falls into Heritage Harbor

A few minutes before 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, an 87-year-old driver pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake on his truck and launched from the parking lot into the water of Heritage Harbor. The...

 

Domestic violence shelter seeks board candidates

The Women in Safe Homes (WISH) domestic violence shelter in Ketchikan serves Wrangell families too, and its board seat designated for a Wrangell member will be up at the nonprofit organization's annua...

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER: It's up to Congress to do better

It was depressingly sad to watch the scenes in the Capitol last week as destructive rioters took over the historic building, furious at the outcome of the presidential election. I have been in the Cap...

 

Editorial: Tell the whole truth

To help gain support for his proposal to pay Alaskans $5,000 in Permanent Fund dividends this year, Gov. Mike Dunleavy cites numbers that the Alaska Permanent Fund gained $10 billion on its...

 

Basketball season opens Jan. 30

The Wrangell Wolves high school boys basketball team is tentatively scheduled to open the season in Metlakatla on Jan. 30, followed by their home opener against Craig on Feb. 6, according to the...

 

Wolves gearing up for new season

While the season's schedule is still tentative amid the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wrangell Wolves are preparing for a new season of basketball. This will be Coach Cody Angerman'...

 

Year in review

July July 2: With recent national attention on racial bias and police brutality, the community met via web conference June 29 for an evening town hall meeting to discuss policing practices in...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Study will look at salmon's magnetic personality

Is it a coincidence that one of the world's largest mineral deposits is located near the world's largest sockeye salmon spawning grounds at Bristol Bay? And if the Pebble Mine removed the bulk of those deep deposits that are part of the world's...

 

City returns mayoral recall application

The city received an application to recall Mayor Steve Prysunka early this week from a group unhappy with Wrangell's face mask requirement. But the filing was premature, said Borough Clerk Kim Lane,...

 

SEARHC offers CNA training program in Wrangell

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host a training program for certified nursing assistants in Wrangell, starting next week. While the program has existed in Wrangell in the past, it...

 

AK Airlines bans travelers who harassed crew

SEATTLE (AP) - Alaska Airlines has banned more than a dozen passengers from all future travel with the company after they refused to wear masks and caused chaos during a flight from the nation’s capital to Seattle. The airline said the 14...

 

Rural deliveries pose challenge for Alaska COVID vaccinators

ANCHORAGE (AP) - The usual transportation difficulties in rural Alaska have presented unique obstacles for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, officials said. Dozens of remote villages lack hospitals and road connections, while ultracold freezers...

 

Police report

Monday, Jan. 4 Agency assist: Harbor Department. Agency assist: Panic alarm. Threats. Criminal mischief: Domestic violence. Citizen assist: Dog tags. Citizen assist: Assistance with vehicle. Agency assist: Public Works. Tuesday, Jan. 5 Summons...

 

Former Wrangell resident 'Puzzy' Holland dies at 101

Gerald G. "Puzzy" Holland, 101, passed away Dec. 20, 2020, at home, surrounded by loved ones, in Salem, Oregon. He was born in Calumet, Michigan, in October 1919. He was the fifth of nine children... Full story

 

Suzanne Maryella Grant Leverett dies at 80

Former Wrangell resident Suzanne Maryella Grant Leverett died Dec. 22, 2020, in Gig Harbor, Washington. She was born Oct. 28, 1940, in Wrangell, to Neil and Lillian Grant, a pioneer Wrangell family. She graduated Wrangell High School in 1958. “Suza... Full story

 

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