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 By Dan Rudy    News    December 22, 2016

School district preparing for slimmer budget

The Wrangell Public School Board will get a first look at its budget next month for the upcoming year, which begins July 1, 2017. At its December 14 meeting, school superintendent Patrick Mayer reported the year’s budget would be reflecting...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 22, 2016

Garden site to provide space for cementary expansion

At its December monthly meeting, the City and Borough Assembly approved future expansion of Memorial Cemetery. Located near Heritage Harbor and City Park, Memorial is one of two public cemeteries managed by the city, the other being Sunset Gardens...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 22, 2016

Another apartment goes smoke-free in Wrangell

Another housing unit has officially gone smoke-free, according to Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s local health promotion department. This fall the new owners of the Stikine Native Organization building on Front Street – colloquially...

 

Correction:

In last week’s front page picture caption, organizers for the Standing Rock support gathering had been the Alaska Native Sisterhood Association (ANSA), a similarly-named but separate organization from the Alaska Native Sisterhoo...

 

Police reports

Monday, December 12 Agency Assist. Domestic/Title 47: 12 hour hold on Jyzzyka Gage, 21. Tuesday, December 13 Report of Suspicious Circumstance. Wednesday, December 14 Citations issued to Kenneth Pete, 28, for Driving While License Suspended/Revoked...

 

Assembly roundup

In its meeting December 13, the City and Borough Assembly approved issuance of a new sewer revenue bond. Amounting to $91,000, the 40-year bond will finance a portion of the cost to acquire, construct and install additions to two of the borough’s...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 22, 2016

Weather outside frightful over weekend

An alternating drop of snow and freezing rain over the weekend put a damper on holiday festivities in Wrangell, and caused problems for drivers and pedestrians both as late as Monday morning. The...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    December 22, 2016

Wrestlers take 3rd for State 2A, 8th overall

Wrangell’s high school wrestlers took eighth overall out of 52 teams competing in the ASAA/First National Bank 123A State Championships in Anchorage over the weekend. Among 2A division schools, the Wolves placed third with 64 team points. Caleb...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 22, 2016

Shoemaker money in governor's budget draft

Things are looking up for possible project financing needed to replace float facilities at Shoemaker Bay Harbor. In a budget draft released by Gov. Bill Walker last week, the Department of Transportation and Public Facility’s harbor maintenance...

 

Fish Factor

Giving to the less fortunate is the true meaning of the Christmas season, and giving Alaska seafood has never been easier. A single dollar donated to Sea Share translates to eight seafood dinners for hungry Americans from the nation’s food bank...

 

Citing finances, Walker halts work on Juneau road extension

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A project to improve access to Alaska’s capital has come to a stop. Citing the state’s multi-billion dollar fiscal crisis, Gov. Bill Walker announced Thursday he has decided not to build a 50-mile road extension north...

 

Walker budget plan pitches job cuts, using nest-egg earnings

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Bill Walker has proposed cutting hundreds more state jobs as part of a budget plan that includes the use of earnings from Alaska’s oil-wealth nest egg and ultimately tripling state motor fuels taxes. Walker’s budget...

 

Juneau homeless shelter seeks $59,000 to keep doors open

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Glory Hole, Juneau’s homeless shelter and soup kitchen, is facing closure as it remains short of its $180,000 fundraising goal this year. Alaska Native organizations are holding the 2nd Annual Glory Hole Fundraiser on...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 22, 2016

Settlement conference set in city-union dispute

Representatives between the city and its public employees union met in court in Ketchikan Tuesday for a scheduled settlement conference, as part of an ongoing arbitration dispute between Wrangell and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Worker...

 

Mr. Nore's Kindergarten Class

Dear Santa, For Christmas I would like a toy boat, a bike and a white computer. Well that’s it. Thoses things I wanted for years. Brayden Cartwright Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. I would a Barbie Doll and a horse and a minecraft le...

 

Mrs. Miller's 3rd Grade Wishes for the World and Why Wrangell is Special

What I wish for the world is that if people are rich, they give some to the poor. Trash should not be left in areas that have life. Towns like Wrangell should recycle instead. Homeless people should get material to build houses. This is what I want...

 

Reflections:A time of bonding

As people here may know, I travel a lot, but usually not as a tourist. Recently I made a trip to London. This time was different - my first visit (other than stopovers at the airport) to this richly endowed city of historical and cultural renown....

 

Reflections: The seasons of island life

When I moved to Wrangell the first of July, my experience of seasons was limited: spring, summer, fall and winter. When I graduated from seminary I added the seasons of the Lutheran church, including Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and the...

 

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