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Ferry workers' strike brings travel disruptions

With approximately 400 members of the Inlandboatmen's Union going on strike last Wednesday, July 24, the Alaska Marine Highway System came to a halt. Without ferry services, many people across the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 1, 2019

SEARHC hosts culture camp during Bearfest

SEARHC hosted an Alaska Native culture camp during Wrangell's annual Bearfest this past week. Running from July 24 to 28, the camp invited anybody interested to come together to make paddles and...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 1, 2019

Bear observatories and conservation challenges discussed in symposium

One of the central parts of the annual Bearfest celebration are the symposiums. Experts on bears and bear-related subjects are invited to come speak in Wrangell each year. This year saw several such...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 1, 2019

Cooperative Association to pass out backpacks in back-to-school program

The Wrangell Cooperative Association, once again, is helping out with the Tlingit and Haida Central Council's back to school backpack event. Tribal Administrator Esther Ashton said that the WCA...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 1, 2019

Amy Gulick talks salmon at Bearfest presentation of new book

Author and photographer Amy Gulick visited Wrangell this past week for Bearfest. Gulick last visited Wrangell about four years ago, she said, while doing research for her latest book. Now that said...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 1, 2019

Bear safety workshop covers the importance of respect for bears

A bear safety workshop was held at the gun range on Spur Road last Wednesday, July 24, as one of the first events scheduled for Wrangell's annual Bearfest. Wrangell resident Robert Johnson led the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 1, 2019

Wrangell dancers preparing to lead the way at Celebration 2020

Celebration is a large, biennial cultural event for all Southeast Alaskan tribes across the region. For four days in June, according to the Sealaska Heritage Institute's website, tribal citizens from...

 

Legislature funds capital budget, restores university scholarships and other programs

The Alaska House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 2002 on Monday, July 29. S.B. 2002 funds the capital budget, which allows Alaska’s private sector to access $1 billion in federal funds for highway and construction projects. The...

 

Ferry workers meet with federal mediator: "a very positive and constructive meeting"

Elected union leaders representing 400 public ferry workers who operate Alaska’s Marine Highway System are describing their meeting over the weekend with federal mediator Beth Schindler as “very positive and constructive.” “There were...

 

Ferry workers explain failure by governor's negotiators that led to strike

Four hundred public ferry workers who operate Alaska’s Marine Highway System are providing a “behind-the-scenes” look at the events which led up to a strike that began Wednesday afternoon, July 24. The strike is ongoing, although union...

 

Golf roundup

Muskeg Meadows Golf Course hosted the annual Bearfest golf tournament last Saturday, July 27 with 22 participants. First place went to a team consisting of Kitty Evers, Tammy Davison, Jacci Spry, and Terrie Cerny, with a net score of 16 and a team...

 

The Way We Were

July 31, 1919 Those who have had large caches of liquor which they are selling at enormous profits have no just claim for mercy. They are not in the same position as those saloon men who had on hand, when they were out of business, wet goods the...

 

Police report

July 22, 2019 Motor vehicle accident. Citizen assist: 1000 gallon water tanks in roadway. Owner cleared them out of roadway. Agency assist: Fire department. July 23, 2019 Disorderly conduct. Summons service. Hit and run. Suspicious phone calls....

 

Court report

July 2: Dustin Lee Haviland was found guilty of reckless driving. Judge Kevin Miller sentenced him to 30 days imprisonment, with 30 suspended, and he was fined a total of $1,150, and must complete 24 hours of community service. July 9: James Linden...

 

Reflections

Recently I took a small survey "What do you like best about Wrangell?" The universal response was "the people." Because I personally felt something of the spirit among us weakened, I questioned some s...

 

Editorial: IBU strike benefits Gov. Dunleavy

The strike called for by the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific (IBU) this week defies all logic. Talk about giving the governor exactly what he wants at a most expeditious time - the script...

 

Obituary: Michael Patrick Nash, 68

Michael Patrick Nash, 68, of Wrangell, Alaska passed away on July 11, 2019 in a plane crash on Judy Hill near Ketchikan, Alaska. Michael was born to Albert and Priscilla Nash and grew up in Friday... Full story

 

Story time at the library

Smokey Bear made a special appearance at the Irene Ingle Library last Saturday morning for story time. Pictured here is Smokey (left) and Forest Service Intern Kelsie Alling (right) answering...

 

Community Orchestra gives Bearfest performance

The Wrangell Community Orchestra gave a performance for Bearfest on Sunday, July 28. Pictured here is Michael Bania on the cello....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 1, 2019

Alaska commercial fisheries dodged bullet that would have removed millions of dollars from its budget

As Alaska lawmakers continue their struggle to keep the state afloat, commercial fisheries dodged a bullet that would have removed millions of dollars from its budget. An obscure procedural action within the capital budget called a ‘reverse...

 

A night out at the Stikine Inn

The Chameleon Brotherhood was in Wrangell last week. Pictured here is the band performing at the Stikine Inn during the Bearfest dinner and fundraiser auction....

 

AMHS Will Resume Service

The State and the Inland Boatmens Union have reached a tentative agreement. AMHS is resuming service, to see the new schedule click link below: https://www.dot.state.ak.us/oars/res...

 

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