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Assembly swears in new officials

With the final votes tallied by the canvass board earlier that morning, the Wrangell Borough Assembly met last Thursday, Oct. 3, to confirm this year's local election. There were several positions...

 

80,000 minute goal for Evergreen Elementary Read-A-Thon

Kicking off last Monday, Oct. 7, Evergreen Elementary School has begun a Read-A-Thon to see if their student body can spend a total of 80,000 minutes reading. This would be roughly 55 and a half days...

 

The Way We Were

October 9, 1919 The Town of Wrangell now owns the float at the rear of the Wrangell hotel. A year ago the council took an option for one year on the float, paying Mr. Grant $50, which amount was to apply on the purchase price of $500 in case the...

 

Police report

September 30 Welfare check: All was good Citizen assist: Unlocked vehicle October 1 Trespass October 2 Identity theft Traffic complaint October 3 MVA: Pedestrian MVA October 4 Noise complaint Theft: Fraudulent use of credit card October 5 Citizen...

 

Dan's Dispatch

As many of you know, the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) service to the port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia (B.C.) ended on October 1st. Although that ferry route is no longer running, there are ongoing developments in hopes of restoring...

 

Obituary: Stephani Ann Ruks, 77

Stephani Ann Ruks, 77, died on August 16, 2019, in Wrangell, Alaska. Ann was born in Louisville, Kentucky and moved with her family to Wrangell when she was young. She graduated from Wrangell High...

 

Operation Christmas Child this Saturday

This Saturday, Oct. 12, the Wrangell Ministerial Association will be holding an Operation Christmas Child event. The annual program, operated by the Christian organization Samaritan's Purse, sends...

 

Parks and Rec discusses commercial trail use, begin brainstorming HOP event

The Wrangell Parks and Recreation Advisory Board met last Wednesday, Oct. 2, to discuss the increasing use of trails and parks by tour groups, as well as beginning to lay the groundwork for the next...

 

Wrangell girls take fourth at cross country state championship

After a season that has seen constant improvement, as Coach Drew Larrabee said in several interviews, Wrangell's cross country season has come to a close. Last Saturday, Oct. 5, the ASAA State...

 

Swim team makes 27 new personal best times

The Wrangell High School swim team competed in the Ketchikan Invitational Swim Meet this past weekend, Oct. 4 and 5. In a newsletter to the high school, Coach Jamie Roberts pointed out that this was t...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 10, 2019

Tyee Lake 60' above year-ago water levels

The water level at Tyee Lake was at 1,344.9 feet on Sept. 30, which is roughly 60 feet higher than it was this time last year. As part of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency, Tyee Lake dedicates its...

 

Bones of beached whale collected

Monday, Oct. 7, members of the Forest Service and high school oceanography students, boated over to the east side of Wrangell, near Channel Island, to retrieve the remains of a gray whale that washed...

 

New monitors aim to help detect landslides in Alaska town

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – New technology distributed in an Alaska community is expected to help detect and study conditions that lead to landslides, a researcher said. The landslide detection system in Sitka will monitor soil moisture levels and help...

 

Yellow cedar trees denied for US threatened species listing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A federal agency has rejected an iconic Alaska tree for listing as a threatened species due to climate warming. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Halibut catches fluctuate based on the ups and downs of the stock from California to the farthest reaches of the Bering Sea. If the numbers decline, so do the catches of commercial and sport fishermen. But similar reductions don’t apply to the...

 

Alaska alcohol control board takes step to oust director

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s alcohol regulatory board has voted to oust its director, though the law also gives the state’s marijuana regulatory board a say. The boards share Erika McConnell as director. The Marijuana Control Board this...

 

Body of missing man found

The body of a hunter who went missing this morning after his skiff capsized in Duncan Canal has been found, according Amanda Norcross, a spokesperson with the United States Coast Guard. The man was... Full story

 

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