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Articles from the December 31, 2020 edition

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WCA building smokehouses

Over the past few days, people have been hard at work in and around the WCA carving shed on Front Street, constructing smokehouses. These smokehouses are part of the cooperative association's...

 

Hot dog lunch

The Wrangell Parks and Recreation Department, and other city employees, celebrated the holiday season with a free hot dog lunch to the community last Wednesday afternoon. Despite rainy weather,...

 

Polar Bear Plunge happening tomorrow

The year has come to a close, and a new one looms. Many are likely happy to see 2020 go, just as many are also likely eager to see what 2021 has to offer. In either case, this Friday afternoon offers...

 

The Way We Were

January 6, 1921 The entertainment by the Sisters and Brothers society on New Year’s night was well attended, and proved to be a most enjoyable affair. Early in the evening there was a masked parade up Front street which was the beginning of the...

 

Progress made on Mariners' Memorial walls

Groundwork for the Wrangell Mariners' Memorial has come to a halt for winter, but progress has still been made recently. Jenn Miller-Yancey, with the Mariners' Memorial board, reported that work is be...

 

Police report

December 21 Agency Assist: Ambulance. Agency Assist: Traffic Stop. Fireworks Complaint. December 22 Agency Assist: Hoonah Police Department. December 23 Welfare Check: Person is fine, vehicle broke down out at Shoemaker. Agency Assist: Ambulance....

 

School News

Kayla Hay was named to the Dean’s List at Montana State University in Bozeman....

 

Hospital construction in final stages

Construction of the new Wrangell Medical Center, ongoing since a groundbreaking ceremony in May of 2019, is nearing completion. According to a Dec. 22 press release from the Southeast Alaska Regional...

 

Moderna vaccines arrive within SEARHC care network

On December 22, the first allocations of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination arrived in the communities of Wrangell, Klawock, Haines, Hoonah, Kake, and Angoon. SouthEast Alaska Regional Health...

 

Obituary: Sig and Helen Decker

Siguard Vernon Decker (March 3, 1999 – July 27, 2020) and Helen Francis Decker (May 10, 2001 – July 27, 2020) packed more living into their short lives than most others do. While their lives... Full story

 

State's commercial fisheries set to get breather from fund swapping rather than lawmakers' largess

As Alaska faces its toughest budget squeeze ever, the state’s commercial fisheries are set to get a bit of a breather. But it is due more to fund swapping than lawmakers’ largess. For the commercial fisheries division, the largest within the Alas...

 

Congress allocates $3.62 million for U.S./B.C. transboundary rivers, strengthens State Department involvement

Led by the Alaska Congressional Delegation, the U.S. Congress has approved more than $3.62 million for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to continue baseline water quality monitoring at the international border for Southeast Alaska’s transboundary...

 

Misty Mountains

A snowy mountaintop peeking out from the clouds, taken on Dec. 27....

 

Alaska Airlines to purchase 68 new Boeing 737 MAX planes

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Airlines has said it intends to purchase 68 new Boeing 737 MAX planes despite the model having been grounded in 2019 after a pair of high-profile crashes that killed 346 people. The company said in a statement Tuesday t...

 

Coast Guard reports hydraulic oil spill off coast of Alaska

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – The Coast Guard has said it responded to a report of an oil spill from one of its own ships off the coast of Alaska. The Coast Guard said in a statement on Sunday that the 180-foot (55-meter) buoy tender boat started to...

 

Family Christmas

The holiday season is a time for family. Pictured here are four generations of the Powell family, gathered together to celebrate Christmas (left to right): David Powell, Chet Powell, Daniel Powell,...

 

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