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 By Sarah Aslam    News    December 23, 2021

Assembly approves money to drill into upper dam to figure out a fix

Wrangell’s water reservoir dams need fixing, and the borough assembly last week approved spending $100,000 to help determine the best options. The state dam safety engineer at the Department of Natural Resources has identified Wrangell’s upper...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 23, 2021

Wrangell receives 200 at-home COVID test kits, with promise of more

Two hundred at-home COVID-19 test kits were delivered to Wrangell’s emergency operations center last Friday, and more will soon be on the way. Capt. Dorianne Sprehe, of the EOC, said the fire department received the kits via SEARHC, and is making...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 23, 2021

Community supports organizations helping others

Fundraising efforts are a year-round task for most organizations, but during the holidays those efforts are increased. People in Wrangell are willing to give their time, energy and money to support...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    December 23, 2021

Health care providers prescribe recreation; SEARHC helps pay the bill

Eat your fruits and veggies, move around plenty and drink lots of water – a combination of these recommendations have come from health care providers for generations. Doctors have always told patien...

 

The Way We Were

Dec. 22, 1921 A live Chamber of Commerce for Wrangell promises to be a reality. Last week, half a dozen citizens who styled themselves organizers sent out invitations to the business and professional men of the town to attend a meeting in the...

 

Governor's budget relies on high oil prices, federal aid

Gov. Mike Dunleavy last week outlined what he called a responsible budget proposal that doesn’t dip into savings, bolsters law enforcement and calls for direct payments of about $3,700 to residents amid an unsettled dispute with lawmakers over the...

 

SEARHC continues free COVID testing under state contract

SEARHC soon will move into its second year of providing free COVID-19 testing for Wrangell residents and visitors to the community. The testing is covered under a state contract that had been scheduled to stop Dec. 31 but which has been extended to...

 

Children show adults the holiday spirit

Maybe we need to pay more attention to what kids are saying. Especially around the holidays, when adults can get wrapped up in ribbons and bows and sometimes forget it is the thought, not the gift that really matters. Youth and innocence make for...

 

Give the holiday gift of a healthy life

If the almost 5.5 million deaths from COVID-19 worldwide seem remote and irrelevant in Wrangell; if you feel a safe distance from the 805,000 deaths across the United States; and if the 946 deaths reported in Alaska as of Monday don’t touch anyone...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    December 23, 2021

Borough will need to replace barge ramp

The out-of-commission barge ramp where Wrangell usually unloads its freight needs to be replaced. Until that happens, repairs will suffice. A 2011 condition assessment of the barge ramp estimated it had another 10 to 15 years of useful life...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    December 23, 2021

Freight rate study shows 4.5% average annual cost increase

The results of a $7,300 study the borough commissioned in October to take a closer look at the cost of shipping goods by barge to Wrangell shows the average annual increase in marine freight costs from Seattle to Southeast Alaska from 2006 to 2021 wa...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    December 23, 2021

Borough settling scope of work for inspecting former Institute property

The contractor hired by the borough for survey and design work of the former Institute property has signed up a subcontractor to advise on historical and archaeological ground searches, which are required before the borough can move ahead with...

 

Giving it their best shots

The annual Elks Hoop Shoot was held last Saturday at the community gym. A total of 32 kids turned out to compete in the annual event, with burgers and awards at the Elks after the basketball shots....

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    December 23, 2021

Wrestlers return with two state champions

The Wolves returned to Wrangell a pack victorious. Two state champions added another title to their high school wrestling careers and others chalked up second- and third-place wins after last...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    December 23, 2021

Boys' basketball ready to take on competition

The squeak of shoes on hardwood. The familiar thump thump thump of a ball on the court. The swish of the net. All of it signals the return of boys' basketball season to Wrangell. And these guys are...

 

Alaskan wins Miss America - first time ever

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Emma Broyles, of Anchorage, was crowned Miss America at an event Dec. 16, marking the competition’s 100th anniversary and the first time an Alaskan has won the award. Broyles, 20, won the centennial crown and a $100,000...

 

Police report

Monday, Dec. 13 Citizen assist. Domestic violence order violation: Unfounded. Hit and run. Arrest for probation violation. Agency assist: Line crew. Tuesday, Dec. 14 Agency assist: Building maintenance. Agency assist: Elks. Agency assist: Nolan...

 

State medical officer says COVID 'not done with us'

Greater access to COVID-19 home testing kits, changes to the state statistics dashboard, and the arrival of the Omicron variant in Alaska were among the topics covered by Dr. Anne Zink in a report to the Sitka Assembly on Dec. 14. “I know the last...

 

Chuck Helland leaves 38 years of Wrangell family and friends

Clarence "Chuck" E. Helland died Dec. 6 at Wrangell Medical Center. He was 82 years old. "Cancer came back and it took over quickly," the family wrote. He was born April 28, 1939, to Joseph and Leah... Full story

 

Avid gardener Leona Davidson dies at 86

Leona Kohler Davidson, a 15-year resident of Wrangell, died Nov. 22, at age 86. She was born May 30, 1935, to Leo James Kohler and Delia Nikolai, in Talkeetna. Davidson moved to Wrangell in 2006... Full story

 

Rare sea eagle spotted a long way from home

TAUNTON RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Far away from its home in Asia, a rare Steller’s sea eagle was spotted by 200 bird watchers around Taunton River, Massachusetts on Dec. 20. The eagle is reportedly the same one that went off course a year ago and has...

 

Former resident Warren Powers dies at 85

Former Wrangell resident Warren Deville Powers Jr., 85, passed away Dec. 3 in Azle, Texas. Powers was born in Seattle on Dec. 4, 1935, to Warren D. and Isabelle Powers Sr. He grew up in Wrangell,... Full story

 

Processors boost prices paid for sockeye salmon

Strong global and U.S. demand for sockeye salmon has 2021 pushed prices to near record highs and boosted fishermen’s paychecks. Both Silver Bay and Peter Pan Seafoods a few weeks ago increased their base prices to fishermen to $1.45 per pound, a...

 

Fisheries Council votes to limit trawl fleet bycatch of halibut

Halibut bycatch by the Bering Sea trawl fleet could be reduced by up to one-third following a vote by the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. After days of deliberation and public testimony at the online council meeting, the members voted...

 

Dear Santa letters from Wrangell children

Letters from Matt Nore’s kindergarten/first grade class Isaac wrote: “I would like the Avengers tool box, a remote control swim car for my brother, a new phone for my dad, and a makeup kit for my mom.” Rosslyn: “I would like an easel for...

 

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