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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 29, 2019

Assembly considers major power plant renovations, voices support for changes to PILT Parity Act payment

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday evening, Aug. 27, for their regularly scheduled meeting. A work session was held prior to the meeting to discuss the potential demolition and replacement of...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 29, 2019

Juneau diocese releases names of seven with sexual misconduct allegations

The Diocese of Juneau released a letter and report last Wednesday, Aug. 21, naming seven people with allegations of sexual misconduct against minors and/or vulnerable adults. The letter, signed by...

 

Wrangell Police arrest suspect in weekend crime spree

On the evening of Friday, August 23, 2019, the Wrangell Police Department began receiving reports of buildings and vehicles being unlawfully entered. The theft of three vehicles were also reported....

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 29, 2019

AP and "Encore" classes providing opportunities for Wrangell students

With the new school year comes a wide variety of new opportunities: To make new friends, to get better grades, to try a new sport, the list goes on. The Wrangell School District is helping provide...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 29, 2019

Economic Development Committee discusses community prioritization survey, Central Tongass Project

Wrangell's Economic Development Committee met for the first time in almost a year last Thursday, Aug. 22, according to EDC Chair Julie Decker. Economic Development Director Carol Rushmore said that the committee is meant to meet quarterly, but that...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 29, 2019

2019-2020 school year kicks off

Wrangell's 2019-2020 school year kicked off early the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 27. The new school year will run until May 21, according to the school calendar, with winter break scheduled from Dec....

 

Water watch comes to an end

Thanks to several days of rainy weather, and lessening demand for water from Wrangell's seafood processors, city officials declared the Stage I water watch over. Both of the city's reservoirs are...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 29, 2019

Four residents become U.S. citizens

In the past year, at least four citizens from Petersburg and Wrangell have sought and gained their U.S. citizenship to be with their families and for peace of mind. Elisa Teodori originates from...

 

Alaska governor cuts $5M in additional ferry service funding

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s governor has vetoed additional funding for the state’s ferry service that was placed in the budget by the Legislature, a report said. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $5 million Monday that was added to the...

 

Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Add salmon to the list of species affected by Alaska’s blistering summer temperatures, including the hottest July on record. Dead salmon have shown up in river systems throughout Alaska, and the mortalities are probably c...

 

Alaska police arrest students for planning school shooting

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska authorities say two middle school students have been arrested after another student overheard their plans to carry out a school shooting, officials said. The Juneau Police Department arrested two 13-year-old students...

 

Swim team bigger and striving for better

The Wrangell High School Swim Team held a parent/student meeting last Wednesday, Aug. 21. Coach Jamie Roberts called everyone together to give them a basic overview of what the upcoming season will look like, and to discuss her expectations from the...

 

Golf roundup

Due to rainy weather, last weekend’s tournaments at Muskeg Meadows Golf Course were cancelled. However, there are three upcoming events for golfers next week. On Saturday, Aug. 31, John Tullis Real Estate will sponsor a nine-hole best ball...

 

The Way We Were

August 28, 1919 For the first time in the history of the Alaska Customs district the number of vessels documented in Alaska has passed the 1,000 mark. The close of the fiscal year, June 30 found 1,018 vessels of all sizes and classes registered with...

 

Telephone pole replacement along Church Street

A section of Church Street was closed off Tuesday morning, Aug. 27, to allow Wrangell Municipal Light & Power to erect a new telephone pole. According to Rod Rhoades, with the light & power...

 

Police report

August 19 Nothing to report August 20 Disturbance. Vehicle Check. August 21 Citizen assist: Unlock vehicle. Probation violation/DUI/Refusal: Arrested Aaron Young, 23. Suspicious Activity. August 22 Parking complaint. Illegal dumping. Traffic:...

 

Fish fry draws crowds and funds

The Mariners' Memorial fish fry was a success, according to board president Jenn Miller-Yancey. Despite rainy weather forcing the event to relocate from Heritage Harbor to the downtown pavilion, many...

 

Alaskans applied for over 2,000 acres of new or expanding undersea farms

Underwater and out of sight are the makings of a major Alaska industry with two anchor crops that clean the planet while pumping out lots of cash: shellfish and seaweed. Alaskans have now applied for over 2,000 acres of new or expanding undersea...

 

WCA backpack drive

Cheryl and Cynthia Karras wearing their brand new backpacks, which they received as part of the Wrangell Cooperative Association's back to school backpack drive. The WCA received over 130 backpacks...

 

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