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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 4, 2020

Department budgets discussed as assembly faces general fund deficit

The Wrangell Borough Assembly began several days of budget workshops last Monday, June 1. The meeting opened with an overview of the borough's general fund for FY 2021, and then went into specific dep...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 4, 2020

Purchase of new ambulance approved in special assembly meeting

In a special meeting last Thursday evening, May 28, the borough assembly approved the purchase of a new ambulance. This purchase, according to Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen, is to strengthen a poten...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 4, 2020

Tis Peterman to retire from SEITC

The Southeast Alaska Indiginous Transboundary Commission has been led by Wrangellite Tis Peterman since 2017. Before that, Peterman was part of the group that put the organization together back in...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 4, 2020

Larrabee taking new job as K 12 principal in Tok

After several years with the Wrangell Public School District, Wrangell resident Drew Larrabee will be leaving town to take a new position as K-12 principal in Tok. Larrabee and his family first moved...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 4, 2020

RAC meeting interrupted by snoring participant

The local Resource Advisory Committee, which covers the areas of Wrangell, Petersburg, and Kake, held a series of meetings last week. The RAC, for those who are unaware, is a committee of residents of these three areas that advise the Forest Service...

 

Correction

In the May 21 edition of the paper, in the story about the senior awards night, it was reported that the Joel Wing and Allen Benjamin Scholarships were awarded from the Wrangell Emblem Club. These two scholarships actually come from the Elks...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 4, 2020

Social media discussed in CVB meeting

The Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau met last Thursday, May 28. The main topic that day was an ongoing discussion of how the bureau can improve Wrangell's social media presence. To promote local...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 4, 2020

Reopening plan covered in Parks and Rec workshop

The Wrangell Parks and Rec Department hosted a workshop last Wednesday, May 27, to discuss their plans to reopen. The main Parks and Rec facility, housing the gym and swimming pool, closed on March...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 4, 2020

Assembly postpones vote on quarantine ordinance

Prior to their budget workshop on Tuesday evening the Wrangell Borough Assembly held an emergency meeting to pass an ordinance establishing quarantine requirements for out of state travelers....

 

Leaders review commercial COVID testing, CBW resources

On Wednesday, May 27, members of the Wrangell Unified Command met via videoconference to consolidate pandemic information and response from respective local organizations. Wrangell Medical Center...

 

Court report

May 12: Wolfe Larsen was arraigned on charges of leaving the scene of an accident. The hearing was scheduled to continue on May 19. May 18: A minor offense trial was held between the City and Borough of Wrangell vs. Myrna Torgramsen II, on charges of...

 

Police report

May 25 Agency Assist: Hoonah P.D. Suspicious Circumstance. May 26 Agency Assist: Hoonah P.D. Arson: Unfounded. May 27 Trespass. Agency Assist: Hoonah P.D. Traffic Stop: Verbal warning to park vehicle until brakes fixed. Probation violation. May 28...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated our lives, and it has been the focus of Alaska leaders in an effort to slow the spread. However, I also want to begin focusing on what we will face once the pandemic subsides. Alaska has challenges different and...

 

Obituary: Fred John Bache, 78

Fred John Bache, 78 died April 2, 2020, at home with the love and support of his family and friends. He was born in Aberdeen, Washington on June 7, 1941, to Swiss immigrants August Bache and Johanna Stuber-Bache. He went to schools in Aberdeen,... Full story

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 4, 2020

Recycled fishing nets from Cordova will soon help launch a new clothing line

Recycled fishing nets from Cordova will soon help launch a new clothing line by Grundens, the maker of the iconic foul weather gear “built by fishermen for fishermen for over a century.” The Copper River Watershed Project is “refreshing...

 

Seafood companies plan to merge parts of their operations

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Ocean Beauty Seafoods and Icicle Seafoods Inc. announced plans Friday to merge parts of their operations under a new company. The merger, set to take effect Monday, will include Ocean Beauty and Icicle shoreside plants in...

 

Local heroes recognized

Last Thursday evening, May 27, some Wrangell residents were recognized for their heroic actions during a fire. On Saturday morning of May 16, a trailer at the Panhandle Trailer Court caught fire. Dan...

 

Candlelight memorial held at City Park

With the recent death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis at the hands of police, there have been protests and riots across the country against police brutality. In Wrangell, last Sunday evening, a...

 

The Way We Were

June 3, 1920 Thomas Dalgity last evening received a cablegram from United States Marshall J. M. Tanner appointing him deputy marshal at Wrangell, the appointment to take effect as soon as his oath of office reaches him. Mr. Dalgity has been jailer...

 

Hand sanitizer via city hall

In an effort to help local businesses stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and Borough of Wrangell recently made a bulk order of hand sanitizer to distribute around town. Borough Clerk...

 

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