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Wrangell turns out for 2020 election

With polls closing at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, preliminary numbers show Wrangell had a large turnout for the 2020 election. Sarah Whittlesley-Merrit, Legislative Information Officer, told media that over...

 

New COVID-19 case announced on November 3

Wrangell's Unified Command announced a new case of COVID-19 the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 3. This is Wrangell's twenty-first total case, and at the time of writing the only active one. According to...

 

City responds to threats made against EOC member

A local member of Wrangell's Emergency Operations Center recently received threats on social media, according to city officials. The COVID-19 pandemic, and governments' response to it, has been a...

 

Coast Guard makes rescue south of Wrangell

The Coast Guard pulled a man out of the water last Sunday evening, Nov. 1. The incident occurred in Union Bay, near Meyers Chuck, south of Wrangell. Petty Officer Janessa Warschkow, with the Coast Gua...

 

Mariners' Memorial construction update

More progress has been made on the Wrangell Mariners' Memorial, but several aspects of the project have been put on hold as winter begins. Jenn Miller-Yancey, with the Wrangell Mariners' Memorial...

 

Rain Coast Data reports on economic conditions

Last Tuesday evening, in the agenda packet for the borough assembly's meeting, was a report on Wrangell's economic conditions. The report, by Rain Coast Data, was updated this past October, and looks...

 

Court report

Aug. 31: Victor James Stead was arraigned on two charges of sexual assault, assault 2, assault 3, and burglary. He entered a not guilty plea. An omnibus hearing was scheduled for Oct. 6. A calendar call was scheduled for Dec. 14. A trial was...

 

Police report

Monday, Oct. 26 Agency Assist: Department of Transportation. Citizen Assist: Vehicle Unlock. Traffic Stop: Alexandra McMurren, 30, Citation issued for Failure to Stop at Stop Sign. Tuesday, Oct. 27 Agency Assist: Paper Service. Agency Assist....

 

Obituary: David Leroy Cummings, 73

Dave Leroy Cummings, 73 passed away at home with his family on Oct. 16, 2020. Dave had inoperable/untreatable cancer. Born in Tacoma, Washington on Sept. 8, 1947, he was the second child of Albert... Full story

 

Obituary: Harriet Ann Bangs, 63

Harriet Ann Bangs age 63, left this earth surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington. She was born March 23, 1956 in Sitka, Alaska. She... Full story

 

Plug-in Wrangell: Advantages of electric vehicles (EVs) in small communities

Southeast Alaskan electrical vehicle owners are hosting a one-hour knowledge sharing session outlining the economic and environmental advantages of EV ownership, including saving money, supporting...

 

Guest Editorial

Last week, the Alaska Marine Highway Reshaping Group released a report it had been working on for several months throughout the pandemic. Even though this group has finished it’s task, I will continue to work to find ways to increase ferry service...

 

Hospital construction nearly complete

Construction of the new Wrangell Medical Center is nearly done, according to a press release from the SouthEast Alaska Health Consortium. They are about 85 percent complete with the project, the...

 

USDA exempts Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today [Oct. 28] announced a final Alaska Roadless Rule that exempts the Tongass National Forest from the 2001 provision that prohibited road construction,...

 

U.S. Coast Guard ship assigned to Arctic instead of Antarctic

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has assigned its icebreaker Polar Star to the Arctic in December instead of its normal role in supporting Antarctic affairs. The Polar Star’s change in deployment was due to concerns stemming from the...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

After a salmon season that successfully fished its way through a pandemic and upturned markets, the value of Alaska salmon permits is ticking up in two regions while toppling in others. Permit values are derived by the state Commercial Fisheries...

 

Wrangell falls in close games against Klawock

The Wrangell Lady Wolves travelled to Klawock this past weekend for a set of volleyball games against the Chieftains. The three games were hard-fought and all were close, but they all went to Klawock. The first game started with both teams...

 

Kake turns to biomass heating for public buildings

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska island village plans to use an advanced version of an ancient renewable energy system to lower its high energy costs. The village of Kake wants to build a biomass district heating system to warm its public buildings...

 

Alaska to require masks and COVID-19 screens at Capitol

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Legislative Council approved a measure that requires lawmakers, employees and reporters to be screened for the coronavirus when entering the Capitol and to wear masks or face coverings in the building and other...

 

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