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1st budget draft revealed at school board meeting

A first draft of the Wrangell School District’s 2020 budget was made public at last Monday’s school board meeting. In total, the proposed budget for FY 2020 allows for $5.37 million in revenue, and $5.34 million in expenditures. This budget is...

 

Learning about love at the library

It was Story Time at the library last Thursday. Being Valentine's Day, all the stories they read were about love....

 

SEAPA board meets over energy problems

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency held a teleconference last week, on Feb. 15, to discuss the ongoing power issues in the region. The SEAPA Board of Directors is made up of community members from the three cities: Two directors from Ketchikan, one...

 

The Way We Were

February 20, 1919 The other day the reporter met Mr. Parrott in the express office where he was making a shipment of ginseng to New York. The little shipment amounted to only 18 pounds, but it will net Mr. Parrott $4180. It is now almost six years...

 

Parks and Rec Board discusses 2019 priorities, Helping Our Parks project

The Wrangell Parks and Recreation Advisory Board held their monthly meeting last Wednesday, Feb. 13. Among various topics of discussion was the list of priorities for the department with the new...

 

Valentine's snacks

Missy Helton set up a booth at City Market last Wednesday to sell homemade goods for Valentine's Day. Among the snacks she offered were banana bread, cookies, and cake....

 

Planning and Zoning Commission approve nuisance codes

The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission met last Thursday, Feb. 14, to discuss proposed changes to the city’s nuisance codes. This project to update Wrangell’s code of ordinances has been in the works for some time, and a draft of the...

 

Police report

February 11, 2019 Agency assist: Message contact. February 12, 2019 Suspicious incident: Possible trespassing. Welfare check. Suspicious incident. Trespass letter: Person barred from City Market. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for out of state plates....

 

Obituary: Mary Ann Phillips, 65

Mary Ann Phillips, 65 and a lifelong Wrangell resident, passed away February 5, 2019 in Zihuantanejo, Mexico while on vacation with her family. She was born on November 18, 1953 in Bishop Rowe... Full story

 

Obituary: Ethan Walter Petticrew Jr. (Joe Jr.), 81

Ethan Walter Petticrew Jr. (Joe Jr.), 81, died on February 9, 2019 at his home in Wrangell, Alaska. Born January 22, 1938 in Wrangell to Ethan Walter Petticrew Sr. (Joe Sr.) and Florence Imogene... Full story

 

Stikine hoops invitational

Wrangell hosted the annual Stikine Hoops Invitational last week, hosted by the girls' AAU team. Teams from Petersburg, Juneau, Sitka, and Wrangell all competed against each other in a...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 21, 2019

Dan's Dispatch

Last week, Governor Dunleavy unveiled his amended budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020. As expected, there were substantial cuts to government agencies, all of which will affect Southern Southeast. Some of the cuts that will be most noticeable here...

 

Lady Wolves now 9-3 after losses in Metlakatla

The Wrangell Lady Wolves had a rough weekend playing against the Metlakatla Miss Chiefs. Metlakatla has proven to be a formidable team this year. The Lady Wolves were able to beat the Miss Chiefs earlier in the season, during some home games in...

 

Wolves stumble in Metlakatla games last weekend

It was a hard-fought weekend for the Wrangell Wolves as they went up against the Metlakatla Chiefs. In two games against last year’s 2A champions, on Feb. 15 and 16, the Wolves were unable to catch a break. The Wolves are now 6-6 in conference...

 

Alaska Marijuana: Dunleavy eyes repeal of alcohol, pot boards

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants to repeal the boards tasked with regulating alcohol and marijuana in Alaska, according to documents from state officials. The plan was outlined in a letter to commerce department employees by...

 

Large oyster farms planned for southeastern Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Large oyster farms have been proposed for southeast Alaska, marking potential growth in marine life cultivation for food that a state task force has projected could be a $100 million industry. Silver Bay Seafoods has been...

 

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