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 By Larry Persily    News    June 29, 2022 

Loss of construction, Crossings and Trident jobs adds up for Wrangell

Two key economic indicators are falling in Wrangell—the unemployment rate, and the number of people in the labor force. Combined, the two datapoints help explain the ongoing worker shortage in the community, stressing out business owners who have...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 22, 2022

SEARHC could receive vaccines for children this week

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has placed its order with the state for COVID-19 vaccination doses for children as young as 6 months old, and could start distributing them to its facilities across the region this week. The U.S....

 

Borough is checking off long-standing to-do list

The borough is making progress on its long and expensive to-do list. The decisions are not easy and several are costly. Many have been around a long time. That’s not because anyone did anything wrong. Rather, it takes time to confront hard decision...

 

Pies needed for annual teddy bear fundraiser

Did you know that when a child goes to the emergency room at our hospital or their family suffers a house fire or a boating accident, that they can be given a beautiful, comforting teddy bear to snuggle with? These bears are provided by the Beta...

 

COVID testing company will shut down its last sites in Alaska

One of Alaska’s largest private COVID-19 testing providers plans to close its public testing sites in the state by the end of June. The decision by the private company will not affect SEARHC’s continuation of testing services in Wrangell. The dec...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 15, 2022

Hospital conducts casualty drill to test itself and learn

A mass casualty exercise June 7 was the first one held at the Wrangell Medical Center in its 16-month-old facility. The drill, which simulated a plane crash, was used to see where improvements could...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 8, 2022

Borough lists old hospital for auction

The borough has listed the former Wrangell Medical Center for sale to the highest bidder until June 30, at a minimum bid of $830,000, the value assigned by an April appraisal. The hospital has been va...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 1, 2022

Property tax rate unchanged from last year

At the assembly’s May 24 meeting, members unanimously approved a resolution setting the property tax levy for this year at 12.75 mills, which is $1,275 on every $100,000 in assessed value, the same rate as last year. The tax rate is 4 mills for...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022

SEARHC, borough settle on 10 years of annual $45,000 payments

The borough assembly and SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium have come to an agreement of voluntary payments by SEARHC of $45,000 per year for 10 years on property owned by the nonprofit health care provider in town. In negotiations that...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022

SEARHC to add four rooms at long-term care facility

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium plans to break ground in June on a four-room expansion to the 14-bed long-term care facility at Wrangell Medical Center. The 1,800-square-foot expansion was prompted by the community’s need for...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 25, 2022

Medical center in need of volunteer patients for disaster drill

On June 7, Wrangell Medical Center will hold its annual mass casualty exercise to prepare staff for real emergencies. But they need bodies. “We’re looking for up to 10 volunteers that would be a part of the patient base,” said hospital...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

SEARHC negotiated payments in lieu of property taxes back on assembly agenda

The borough assembly was scheduled to hold a special meeting Tuesday evening to consider an agreement for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to make voluntary payments on tax-exempt property it owns in town. A draft agreement had been on...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022

Borough, SEARHC negotiating payment in lieu of property taxes

The borough assembly on Tuesday was to consider a draft agreement for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to make voluntary payments of $45,000 per year for 10 years on property owned by the nonprofit health care provider in town. The...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 4, 2022

Assembly postpones decision for auction of old hospital

The borough assembly on April 26 postponed a vote to put the old hospital building up for online auction after assembly members raised the question if the $830,000 starting bid went up to or beyond the $1 million limit in the law for selling...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 27, 2022

COVID cases on the rise; Alaska fourth-highest rate in nation

Just as other communities, Wrangell is enduring a springtime bloom of COVID-19 cases. As of April 20, the state health department reported 79 new cases in the community in the past 30 days. Most of those were reported to the state in late March and...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 27, 2022

Borough may auction off former hospital building

The borough assembly may put the old hospital building up for online auction next month, at a starting bid of $830,000, the value deemed by a recent commercial appraisal. A Florida-based substance abuse treatment center that had expressed interest...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 27, 2022

Drill readies emergency responders for real events

Bodies were strewn throughout the rocks north of the Wrangell Airport, the site of a grisly airplane wreck. Cries for help could be heard here and there. Bloodied victims wandered aimlessly. Every...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 20, 2022

Alaska Seaplanes will start Sitka-Wrangell service next month

Juneau-based Alaska Seaplanes will add Wrangell to its route map starting May 26. The company, which operates a fleet of 14 single-engine aircraft, mostly nine-passenger planes, will run a daily flight from Sitka to Petersburg to Wrangell and back...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 6, 2022

COVID 'still here, still making people sick,' says state chief medical officer

It’s been more than two years since “coronavirus” became a household word, and though case numbers have subsided from last summer’s surge and record highs this past winter, the disease is still in town. Wrangell recorded about 10% of its...

 

David Jack family says thank you for all the help

The family of David and Sue Jack would like to thank the staff at Wrangell Medical Center, especially the nursing staff, who attended to the needs of our parents while they were in the hospital. They were professional in every way, and made the best...

 

State reports 54 COVID cases in Wrangell in past 14 days

Posted 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 The state health department website reported Friday that there have been 54 COVID-19 cases in Wrangell in the past 14 days, with 28 of those in the past seven days and nine in the past two days. The case counts... Full story

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    March 23, 2022

Few requests for at-home test kits; borough stops reporting new COVID cases

With 1,153 boxes of two tests each piled up at the fire hall, there were enough COVID-19 self-tests available as of last Friday for more than the entire population of Wrangell to check for the virus at home. The tests are still available for free,...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    March 2, 2022

Subsidies discussed as possible child care center solutions

Public officials, community leaders and businesspeople from Wrangell and Juneau met online Feb. 11 to discuss possible solutions to Wrangell’s lack of child care options. Representatives of the Wrangell Cooperative Association, Central Council of...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 16, 2022

SEARHC and fire department both providing free COVID-19 self-test kits

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is providing free COVID-19 at-home test kits on a first come, first served basis. A Feb. 7 post on SEARHC's Facebook page said it is providing two...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 9, 2022

More at-home test kits on the way

The fire department is continuing to hand out free, at-home COVID-19 test kits as the community’s level of new cases declines after a record-breaking January. Starting Dec. 30 and continuing through Jan. 30, the borough reported 185 cases in the...

 

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