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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 7, 2020

Three COVID-related items covered in special assembly meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a special meeting Monday evening, May 4, to discuss three agenda items related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Mike Dunleavy and the Department of Health...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 7, 2020

Three graduates share thoughts on end of the school year

May signals the end of the school year for the Wrangell School District. For 25 students, this May signals the end of their high school careers. The COVID-19 pandemic has created several challenges...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 7, 2020

Assembly hears public comments, postpones Tax-Free Day

Last week's borough assembly meeting, on April 28, only had a few items on the agenda. The majority of the meeting was spent receiving comments on the COVID-19 situation from the public and some assem...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 7, 2020

Social media discussed in CVB workshop

The Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau met last Friday, May 1, for a work session on social media and marketing opportunities it could provide. The bureau wanted to talk about how they could...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 7, 2020

Reopen Wrangell Task Force planning new surveys, looking to meet needs of local businesses

The Reopen Wrangell Task Force, a committee of multiple community representatives working to support local businesses in reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, met last Monday afternoon. It was a...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 7, 2020

Replacement date for SEAPA line unknown

PETERSBURG – Southeast Alaska Power Agency is still in the process of trying to replace a damaged submarine cable that provides Petersburg with power, as complications increase due to the COVID-19 p...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 7, 2020

Suggested lead:  COVID-19 cuts values of Alaska salmon permits

The value of Alaska salmon permits is another casualty of the coronavirus with prices dropping for all fisheries across the state. There are a lot of permits for sale - and the most offers ever to lease permits, especially at Bristol Bay. The virus h...

 
 News    May 7, 2020

Southeast Alaska commercial shrimp pot fishery announcement

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (department) announced the following information concerning the 2019/2020 Southeast Alaska commercial pot shrimp summer fishery. The following areas will reopen by emergency order at 8:00 a.m., Friday, May 15, 2...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    May 7, 2020

Alaska's largest newspaper wins Pulitzer Prize

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s largest newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for its work examining law enforcement in rural communities, a feat coming less than three years after the outlet was rescued from the brink of...

 
 News    May 7, 2020

Organizers cancel Southeast Alaska State Fair, citing virus

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Organizers of the Southeast Alaska State Fair said Friday that the summer event in Haines has been canceled this year due to COVID-19. In a statement, fair officials said it was a difficult decision but the right one to make....

 

Court report

April 21: Gary Hamley was arraigned on charges of violating conditions of release. The arraignment was scheduled to continue on April 28. Theodosia James was arraigned on charges of violating conditions of release. The arraignment was scheduled to...

 

Police report

April 27 Agency Assist. Extra Patrols. Search and Rescue. April 28 False Alarm. April 29 Traffic Stop: Verbal Warning. Assault. April 30 Domestic Violence Order. Courtesy Transport. Agency Assist: Public Works. May 1 Agency Assist: Harbor Dept....

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Happy Public Service Appreciation Week! Every year, PSA Week falls on the first full week of May, and its timing is uncanny this year. The past eight weeks have been a whirlwind for our public servants, and I cannot thank them enough. Information and...

 

Plant sale

Evergreen Elementary School hosted a plant sale last Friday morning, May 1. Along with the plants, to help raise money for the EATS garden, the school also hosted a book giveaway and opened up their...

 

The Way We Were

May 6, 1920 Announcements of the high school commencement are being sent out this week to all the patrons of the school and others. If anyone interested has been overlooked, announcements may be obtained from Miss Crosno, the principal of the school....

 

Java Junkie back in business

Local coffee shop Java Junkie celebrated their reopening for the season last Friday, May 1. The coffee shop is located on the cul de sac by City Dock, across from the Stikine Inn. Pictured here is...

 

Pawse posters

As part of their efforts to help local businesses safely reopen and get back to a sense of normality, the Reopen Wrangell Taskforce printed out "Pawse" posters for shops to hang in their windows. The...

 

Cinco De Mayo at the Elks Lodge

Last Tuesday, May 5, was Cinco De Mayo. To celebrate, the Wrangell Elks Lodge hosted a socially-distanced dinner. Wrangell residents could call ahead to the lodge to order a Mexican dinner of...

 

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