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 By Larry Persily    News    June 12, 2024 

Draft budget calls for 2 layoffs at police department

The draft budget before the borough assembly includes eliminating two positions from Wrangell’s seven-member force of certified police officers. The spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1, Borough Manager Mason Villarma said, is c...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 12, 2024 

Pessimism shows up in survey of Wrangell businesses

Wrangell is among the more pessimistic towns in this year’s annual business survey conducted of Southeast communities. About half of the 35 Wrangell business leaders who responded to the survey had a negative view of the town’s economic outlook, and...

 

Our old town needs new money

Wrangell has a lot of positives. It’s a caring community that can pull together a potluck and fill the tables to overflow. Residents support each other in times of loss without needing to be asked. People truly believe in helping their neighbors, reg...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 12, 2024 

Assembly may stop donations to radio, chamber, senior center

In addition to focusing on big-dollar issues, assembly members at last week’s budget work session discussed a collective $50,000 question: Whether the borough should contribute money to KSTK radio, the chamber of commerce and the senior center. T...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 5, 2024

Assembly sets property tax rate at same as last year

As Wrangell’s population continues to age, the total value of senior citizen-owned homes exempt from property taxes continues to grow. About 27% of Wrangell’s population was 65 years or older last year (551 of 2,039 residents), according to Ala...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 5, 2024

Borough pitches 6-Mile mill site to Huna Totem for cruise port

As part of the borough’s quest for a long-term, economic development opportunity at the 6-Mile mill property, officials met last month with officers of Huna Totem Corp., which operates a cruise port at Icy Strait Point near Hoonah and is d...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 5, 2024

Assembly will take up mandatory boat insurance proposal

Assembly members have directed borough staff to come back with a revised ordinance setting requirements for boat owners to carry insurance on their vessels moored in Wrangell harbors. The assembly in March questioned several aspects of a proposed...

 

Community needs long-term plan for school funding

The assembly’s decision to take away any benefit to the school district of the Legislature’s one-year increase in state education funding for next year makes sense from the perspective of the borough’s own finances. However, there are more persp...

 

Ortiz will not seek reelection; three candidates file for seat

Rep. Dan Ortiz, the Ketchikan independent who has represented southern Southeast communities since January 2015, including Wrangell, has decided to withdraw as a candidate for reelection, citing health and family considerations. Ortiz had filed in...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 5, 2024

Public Safety Building could get new roof if federal money comes through

If Sen. Lisa Murkowski is successful in her request for a congressional appropriation for $2 million in federal grant money to help repair Wrangell’s Public Safety Building, the borough might be able to replace the roof and damaged siding next y...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 22, 2024

Borough contribution to schools depends on what the state pays

The borough assembly has approved a local contribution to the school district that could cancel out a pending increase in state funding. The assembly on May 14 approved a local contribution of $1.3 million to the school district for the 2024-2025 sch...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 22, 2024

Union petitions to add police to borough contract

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1547 has filed a petition with the state for Wrangell Police Department employees to vote on joining the union bargaining unit that represents other borough employees. The borough...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 15, 2024

Chamber lacks royalty candidates for 4th fundraising

Next year’s Fourth of July celebration, Wrangell’s most popular holiday, may be in jeopardy – the May 1 deadline to turn in paperwork yielded zero royalty candidates. It takes a village to put on the fireworks and countless other festivities for t...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Borough assembly, school board discuss local funding

The borough assembly and school board met April 23 in a joint work session to discuss local funding for the school district for the 2024-2025 school year. The school district has requested $1.75 million from the borough, which is the maximum local...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Borough looking at sales tax changes to raise revenue - but not the rate

Assembly members expressed interest — but also caution — in what borough staff can come with to change the sales tax code to possibly raise more revenue without raising the actual tax rate. Raising more money from sales tax would allow the bor...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 24, 2024

Assembly approves longer-term lease at former mill site

The borough assembly has approved a longer-term lease with Channel Construction at the former 6-Mile mill site where the company plans to build two 3,200-square-foot shop buildings. Under terms of the agreement approved April 9, Channel would store e...

 

School district requests increase in borough funding

The school district is requesting $1.75 million from the borough for the 2024-2025 school year budget, an increase from the $1.6 million contribution of the past two years. Even with the increase, the budget will draw down more than half of the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 24, 2024

Borough holds pre-season tourism meeting Thursday morning

The first small tour boat of the summer is due May 9, with the first large cruise ship scheduled for May 16, and it’s time for the borough’s annual pre-season informational meeting for businesses and anyone else involved in the tourism industry. The...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 17, 2024

Assembly approves Villarma's borough manager contract

The borough assembly on April 9 approved Mason Villarma’s contract as borough manager. The assembly vote was unanimous. Villarma went to work as finance director in September 2021 and has been serving as both finance director and interim borough mana...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 17, 2024

Forest Service hosts public workshop for management plan revision

After more than a quarter-century, the nation’s largest national forest is getting a new management plan. On April 22, Wrangell community members will get a chance to learn about the proposed revisions to the forest plan and share their thoughts. A...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 27, 2024

Assembly hires Villarma, who talks of growth and prosperity for borough

Mason Villarma, the interim borough manager since November, is no longer interim: The assembly has agreed to offer him the job. In an executive session March 19, the assembly interviewed three...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 27, 2024

Property tax assessment values similar to last year

After last year’s comprehensive review of every piece of property in Wrangell pushed up the borough’s total taxable assessed valuation by more than 50%, this year’s assessment notices are tame. Property tax assessments were sent out March 20, and i...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 20, 2024

Legislature falls short in override of governor's school funding veto

Alaska lawmakers fell one vote short Monday in an attempt to override the governor’s veto of a comprehensive school funding bill, which included a permanent increase in the state funding formula for K-12 education and which could have provided an add...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 20, 2024

Borough assembly narrows down candidates for manager

The borough assembly narrowed down the field of seven applicants for the borough manager job; a special meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, to interview the three finalists. The finalists include current interim borough manager and finance...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 20, 2024

Police keep a camera eye on illegal trash dumping

Illegal dumping of trash, appliances and whatever else people don’t want to take to the waste transfer station has long been a problem in town. “It’s not just a Wrangell issue,” Police Chief Tom Radke said last week. Radke, who spent almost 26 years...

 

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