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Articles from the August 13, 2020 edition

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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

100-year anniversary of New York to Nome air expedition

About this time a century ago, eight members of the U.S. Army Air Service reached an important milestone of a long journey. Using DH-4 biplanes, used as bombers during World War I, several members of...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

Church rescinds hiring of new pastor after backlash

Two weeks ago, it was announced that Hope Community Church of God would be hiring a new pastor, William Vorrasi. In a now-deleted post on the Wrangell community Facebook page, he introduced himself...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

Fire alarm at Wrangell Medical Center

At approximately 10:35 a.m. last Wednesday, Aug. 5, the Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department was alerted to a fire alarm at the Wrangell Medical Center. Firefighters and EMS responded to the call...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

Relocation of Forest Service boat discussed in port commission workshop

The Wrangell Port Commission met Thursday evening, Aug. 6, to discuss plans to relocate an old Forest Service vessel. The borough assembly adopted a memorandum with the Forest Service last November,...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

New hospital aiming for December move-in date

The Wrangell Medical Center construction project remains on budget, according to an update from SEARHC. Rainy weather this summer has been a challenge, according to the update, but progress is still...


District to decide on "high" or "medium" risk start to school year on Aug. 24

With a SMART Start plan in place, and a beginning to the year scheduled for Sept. 8, the Wrangell School District is now working to decide what risk level they should operate at for the upcoming...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

More progress made on Mariners' Memorial construction

Work continues on the Wrangell Mariners' Memorial, a project to honor the memory of Wrangell seafarers who have lost their lives. As previously reported in the last construction update, the roof of...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 13, 2020

Alaska behind in 2020 United States Census response

Alaska is ranked last among the 50 states in its response to the 2020 United States Census, as of Tuesday, Aug. 11. Only Puerto Rico is behind Alaska in its response to the census, according to...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

Assembly appointment, mask resolution, ferry authority covered in assembly meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday evening, Aug. 11. During this meeting, they appointed Bob Dalrymple to fill a vacant seat on the assembly. A seat was left empty after the resignation of Mya...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

New reporter for local radio station

After June Leffler left KSTK to move back down south last month, the local radio station has operated without a reporter. Leffler's replacement, Sage Smiley, arrived in town last Sunday. "I'm really e...


The Way We Were

August 12, 1920 Many people in the States seem to have in some way gotten the very erroneous impression that it does nothing but rain in Alaska during the summer. If our friends in the States would simply study the official weather reports for...


Police report

August 3 Theft Citizen Assist: Lockout Two Summons Services Agency Assist: Traffic Two Citizen Assists August 4 Two Subpoena Services Traffic Complaint Deer Complaint August 5 Agency Assist: Fire department Agency Assist: TSA August 6 Traffic stop...


Death Notice

Darrel Gross passed away July 30 of cancer in Wrangell at SEARHC Medical Center. An obituary will follow.... Full story


Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: The controversy rages on how to start school. Some schools are virtual learning only; some favor face-to-face as if things were normal, and some favor a combination of normal contact...


Fish Factor: Alaska communities hit hard by weak salmon returns

Unless you fished for salmon this summer at Bristol Bay, it’s been slim pickings for fishermen in other Alaska regions. Salmon returns have been so poor that communities already are claiming fishery disasters. Cordova’s City Council last week...


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