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 By Sarah Aslam    News    January 13, 2022

Assembly could make borough manager decision this week

The assembly could decide this week on a new borough manager. The three finalists were scheduled for interviews at a special assembly meeting Wednesday afternoon, and assembly members could take action in public after talking with the candidates in p...

 

Alaska Airlines says reductions will not affect Wrangell flights

Alaska Airlines said last week it would trim its flight schedule by about 10% for the rest of January as it deals with “unprecedented” numbers of employees calling in sick during the COVID-19 surge. Service to Wrangell — Flight 65 northbound in...

 

Legislators should focus on fiscal problems

Every year, before the Legislature convenes in Juneau, lawmakers submit their “pre-file bills,” a chance to tell the public which important issues they want to work on during the session. Just as cities and boroughs statewide submit their annual...

 

Moose don't like winter any more than we do

The deep snow and strong winds are making the moose in Alaska’s Interior cranky. Who can blame them. More than four feet of snow fell in Fairbanks in December, with over six feet in Denali National Park. Moose have long, strong legs, but those...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 13, 2022

School district hires new business manager to work remotely

After about 10 candidates applied for the position of business manager with Wrangell Public Schools, a hiring committee chose Tammy Stromberg, of Anchorage, to fill the job. Citing the scarcity of...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    January 13, 2022

Wrangell works to obtain state aid for windstorm expenses

The governor has issued a disaster declaration for Wrangell after a windstorm took down power poles and disrupted services on Nov. 30, though it appears most of what the borough has requested is not eligible for state aid. The borough estimated its...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 13, 2022

Art program seeks to raise confidence, bolster curriculum through creativity

A schoolwide art program at Evergreen Elementary began at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year by drawing out confidence in the student body. Developed over the summer by Tawney Crowley, the soc...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    January 13, 2022

Wrangell now has enough money for Mt. Dewey trail extension

A second federal grant of $450,000 has given the borough enough money to start work and complete the long-planned extension of the popular Mt. Dewey Trail. Construction likely will begin this year, according to Parks and Recreation Director Kate Thom...

 

Willy Eyon, who helped build Wrangell, dies at 91

Willy Eyon passed away on Oct. 31, 2021, at the Wrangell Medical Center long-term care facility at the age of 91. Born in Wrangell on Sept. 27, 1930, Willy would go on to graduate from Wrangell High... Full story

 

Ed Rasmuson's banking career took him through Wrangell

Ed Rasmuson, a banker and philanthropist who led Alaska's largest philanthropic organization, died Jan. 4 at age 81. He managed the Wrangell branch of the National Bank of Alaska in the late 1960s.... Full story

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 13, 2022

Garbage baler could take time to show savings

In order to stay compliant with shipping requirements, Wrangell Public Works began using a trash baler last October. The machine also could save money for the borough. Because open-top trash containers with lose garbage are being phased out by...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    January 13, 2022

Magnolia raises the bar on Wrangell's beauty needs

Darian Burley's Magnolia Beauty Bar serves comfort and grooming care with a lush pedicure massage chair, salon chair and mirror, a nail care table, and hair care items for sale. Burley offers...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    January 13, 2022

Lady Wolves lose to alumni in hard fought game

From the start, the Wrangell High School girls basketball game against alumni players was fierce. It was evident from the moment the starting buzzer sounded last Friday that the alumni team came...

 

Classified ads

JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the multiple positions. All positions are open until filled. Migrant/Library Paraprofessional: This is a full-time, nine-month position with benefits, working with students...

 

Helgesons have new granddaughter

Stella Lindell Helgeson was born Dec. 6, 2021, to Andrew and Lauren Helgeson of Camas, Washington. Maternal grandparents are Drs. Duke Simpson and Lynne Dawson of Vancouver, Washington. Paternal...

 

College students sue to maintain designated Alaska scholarship fund

Four students have sued to force the state to maintain a designated fund that provides university scholarships, challenging a decision by the administration of Gov. Mike Dunleavy that emptied Alaska’s $410 million higher education trust fund last...

 

Petersburg Pilot sold to former employee

Former Petersburg Pilot employee Orin Pierson has purchased the newspaper from Ron and Anne Loesch, who have owned the operation since the mid-1970s. Pierson took over ownership on Jan. 1. The Loesches also owned the Wrangell Sentinel for 17 years...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 13, 2022

SEARHC closes Crossings in Wrangell, expands operation in Sitka

Posted Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 12 Alaska Crossings, a program that helps at-risk teens and takes them on guided wilderness expeditions throughout Southeast, is closing its Wrangell base of operations and moving to Sitka. Crossings has been based... Full story

 

The Way We Were

Jan. 5, 1922 The Civic Improvement Club held its regular monthly meeting at City Hall on Saturday afternoon. The principal activity of the club at the present time is maintenance of the library and reading room which was opened two months ago. The...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 6, 2022

Annual icy dip draws brave crowd to Shoemaker Harbor

For about 20 years on New Year's Day, some of the bravest in the community gather to prove their mettle by wading into the frigid water of Shoemaker Harbor for the aptly named Polar Plunge. This year...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    January 6, 2022

Assembly will consider increase in electricity rates

Ratepayers will have a chance to weigh in next Tuesday on the borough’s proposed increase in electricity rates for residential and commercial customers. If approved, the rate hike would increase the kilowatt-hour charge by 7.5% to 9% for most resid...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 6, 2022

State advertises for fill-in private ferry service; gives bidders 7 days to respond

With the Matanuska out of service longer than expected for more repair work, and the state uncertain whether it can bring an idled ferry out of a cost-saving lay-up, the Alaska Marine Highway System is seeking bids from private vessel operators to...

 

Tlingit & Haida will start wireless internet pilot project in Wrangell

Wrangell has been selected for the initial start-up of Tidal Network, a newly formed enterprise of the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska that will bring wireless broadband internet service to underserved areas. The new se...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 6, 2022

State will stop paying for walk-up COVID testing at end of month

The state has decided to stop offering walk-up COVID-19 testing at Alaska’s larger airports, and to stop paying for similar free testing operations in communities statewide, including Wrangell, effective Jan. 31. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Healt...

 

It's been a wintery start to the new year statewide

High winds, deep snow, below-zero temperatures, frozen pipes, canceled flights and ice-covered everything - it was not a merry Christmas or a happy new year for many Alaskans. Ketchikan endured its...

 

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