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Enrollment drop will cost Wrangell schools

Wrangell schools could receive at least a couple hundred thousand dollars less in state funding for the next school year, due to declining enrollment. The community has seen a sharp decline in enrollm...

 

Winter doesn't look any better than this

Snow-covered trees framed the view of Chief Shakes Tribal House last Sunday....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 28, 2021

One weekly sailing each direction under summer ferry schedule

Wrangell would see one northbound and one southbound state ferry each week this summer, under the proposed schedule released Monday. That's one-third the level of service from 2017 to 2019, before...

 

Assembly appoints Dalrymple to fill out term

The borough assembly on Tuesday evening appointed Bob Dalrymple to fill the unexpired term of member Julie Decker, who resigned Jan. 11. Dalrymple and Jim DeBord both expressed interest in filling...

 

The Way We Were

Jan. 27, 1921 Samuel Cunningham will erect a new home for his moving picture business as soon as the weather is sufficiently settled to permit building operations. The new building will occupy the Lemieux property between Sorset’s meat market and...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 28, 2021

Alaskans await opening of new housing assistance program

The state of Alaska and the municipality of Anchorage will share in $200 million in new federal funds to help renters who have lost jobs or suffered economic hardship due to the ongoing COVID-19...

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER

It's good that President Joe Biden and members of Congress, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and members of the Alaska Legislature are all talking about doing more to help people hurt financially by the COVID-19 pa...

 

Editorial: Recall not the answer

Wrangell Mayor Steve Prysunka was unopposed when he won a second term last October. More than 85% of voters cast their ballot for Prysunka; about 15% wrote in someone else. In 2018, he won election...

 

Letters to the Editor

Ortiz asks constituents to take budget survey To the editor: This week, the Legislature convenes for session. One of the main obligations of the Legislature is to pass a budget for the upcoming fiscal...

 

Assembly postpones boost to liveaboard fees

The borough assembly on Tuesday postponed an increase to the residential user fee for liveaboard vessels in Wrangell harbors. The ordinance would have raised the fee for water, sewage and garbage...

 

Her family couldn't eat it all, so she went into business

"I actually have always loved baking," said Devyn Johnson, of Moody Folks Bakery. "I baked with my mom growing up, and I baked for people all the time. ... It's my happy place." Moody Folks Bakery is...

 

City sees more revenue from tax on online sales

Online sales tax revenues brought in more than $90,000 in nine months last year, with receipts continuing to rise, according to Wrangell Borough officials. While the municipality is struggling with...

 

Hoop Shoot netted 33 contestants

Ryder Ritchie's practice paid off at the annual Elks Hoop Shoot last Saturday, as he won first place among 8- and 9-year-old boys. "I really like it," Ryder said. "I really, really practiced on my...

 

Police report

Monday, Jan. 18 Welfare check. Agency assist: Search and rescue. Tuesday, Jan. 19 Papers served. Traffic. Wednesday, Jan. 20 Traffic stop. Papers served. Fireworks. Thursday, Jan. 21 Agency assist: Ambulance. Welfare check. Parking complaint....

 

Hospital will start opening departments on Saturday

The new Wrangell Medical Center is nearing the end of construction and will start a staggered opening on Saturday, with the long-term care unit first on the list and the rehabilitation unit scheduled...

 

City reported COVID case after airport test

A Wrangell resident arriving at the airport tested positive for COVID-19 and went into isolation in town, the city reported Jan. 21. The city press release did not specify the date the individual was...

 

Wolves host Vikings for basketball opener

Wrangell's high school basketball season will open this weekend with the boys team playing host to the Petersburg Vikings at 6 p.m. Friday and again at 10 a.m. Saturday. Wrangell's homecoming court...

 

George Woodbury, an expert in all things timber

George Woodbury; Feb. 24, 1937, to Jan. 11, 2021. If there is one word to describe my dad, it is production. Dad was always busy doing something. He worked until his very last days. Up until the end... Full story

 

McAuliffe lived his rodeo dream

Jeffry "Jeff" McAuliffe, 49, born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, died unexpectedly on Jan. 16. Jeff was a bold, charismatic individual who had the uncanny ability to see the good in a person no matter how... Full story

 

Frozen Muskeg

It looked like winter last weekend in Wrangell. The muskeg along the Volunteer Park trail was frozen and covered in white after snow fell last Saturday and Sunday morning....

 

Alaska Native wins award for children's picture book

NEW YORK (AP) - Illustrator Michaela Goade became the first Native American to win the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal for best children’s picture story, honored for “We Are Water Protectors.” Goade is a member of the Tlingit and Haida...

 

Trappers took 68 wolves on Prince of Wales Island

JUNEAU (AP) - State wildlife officials have reported that 68 wolves were taken by trappers in 2020 on or near Prince of Wales Island. Conservationists had unsuccessfully attempted to block the 21-day wolf trapping season from November to December....

 

Alaska leads with highest vaccination rate in the country

JUNEAU (AP) - Alaska held the enviable position of having the highest rate of coronavirus vaccinations per capita in the nation as of this week, the state said. As of Monday, more than 80,000 Alaskans had received their first dose of a COVID-19...

 

Latest COVID case not travel related

The city announced a new case of COVID-19 in Wrangell this morning, reportedly not related to any travel. This latest case, the 29th total for the community, was reported as a local resident infected with the virus. According to the press release,... Full story

 

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