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 By Yereth Rosen    News    May 24, 2023

Bill would ban firefighting foam containing 'forever chemicals'

The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill requiring an end to the use of firefighting foams containing substances known as “forever chemicals” — called that because of their resistance to any natural degradation. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substan... Full story

 By Sean Maguire    News    May 24, 2023

Legislators consent to pay raise for themselves, governor and commissioners

Alaska state legislators have failed to block a 67% pay raise for themselves and a roughly 20% salary increase for the governor and his cabinet. Under state law, legislators had until May 15 to pass a bill to block the pay raises — but never took...

 By Alaska Beacon    News    May 24, 2023

Legislation will make it a crime to harass 911 dispatchers

The Alaska Legislature has voted to criminalize the harassment of 911 dispatchers and threats against them. The Alaska House voted 37-1 on May 11 to approve Senate Bill 38, a measure passed 19-0 by the state Senate on March 17. The bill was written... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    May 24, 2023

Lawmakers approve carbon-offset bill in hopes the state can profit

The Alaska Legislature has approved a measure that would set up a system for leasing state forested lands to businesses and investors that could profit by preserving the land and selling “credits” to others who need or want to offset their... Full story

 By Adam Beam    News    May 24, 2023

California plans $60 million project to open 12 miles of river habitat for salmon spawning

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) - California officials on May 16 said they will spend about $60 million to build a channel along the Yuba River so that salmon and other threatened fish species can get around a Gold Rush-era dam that for more than a century...


Police report

Monday, May 15 Abandoned vehicle. Criminal mischief: Broken window. Stolen property. Tuesday, May 16 Agency assist: Ambulance. Agency assist: Ambulance. Wednesday, May 17 Motor vehicle accident: Deer. Traffic stop: Citation issued for speeding....


Washington state company will pay $1 million for polluting salmon river

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A company that operates a more than century-old hydroelectric dam near Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state will pay $1 million after synthetic field turf and its tiny rubber particles spilled into the salmon-rearing...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    May 24, 2023

COVID vaccinations effective in preventing hospitalizations in rural Alaska

In southwestern Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, which has some of the nation’s worst water and sanitation service and most overcrowded housing, vaccines proved to be valuable safeguards against the worst ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic,... Full story


Thank you

We would like to thank City Market, Wrangell IGA, First Bank, Marlene Merritt, Cheri Wickman and SEARHC for their contributions to the Wrangell Community Cleanup. – Paula Rak and WCA IGAP...


Wizard of a performance

Malachi Harrison, left, as Scarecrow, talks to as Dorothy (Erika Jabusch) and Tin Man (Derek Heller) in the May 16 production of "The Wizard of Oz" at Evergreen Elementary. Students staged the...


Slip, sliding away from class

Senior Devlyn Campbell slips down a makeshift soapy water slide on May 17 on the lawn at the high school courtyard. The class of 2023 took advantage of the warm weather by inviting their classmates...


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