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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 18, 2019 

SE Alaska tourists argue for saving the ferry system

It is no secret that Southeast Alaska is a hot tourist destination. Every year, the region is flooded with nature enthusiasts, retirees, and other tourists. According to a calendar from the Cruise...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 18, 2019 

Part 1: Food fight between SE fishermen and sea otters

Sea otters are considered by many people to be an adorable animal, an important part of the ecosystem, and also a nuisance that is threatening other marine life populations in Southeast Alaska. In...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 18, 2019 

Wrangell man killed in plane crash near Ketchikan

Wrangell resident and attorney Michael Nash, 68, passed away in a plane crash near Ketchikan last Thursday. Alaska State Troopers were notified by Ketchikan Flight Service of an overdue aircraft...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 18, 2019 

"The Salmon Way" Author to visit during Bearfest

Amy Gulick is an acclaimed nature photographer and writer. According to her website, amygulick.com, she has 20 years of experience taking pictures and writing about the great outdoors. She...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 18, 2019 

Meet and greet planned for police chief candidate

With the recent retirement of Doug McCloskey, who has been Wrangell's police chief since 2003, the borough has been working hard to find a suitable replacement. City officials have been considering se...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 18, 2019 

Bearfest offers workshops and other activities

Alaska Bearfest is a fun half-week of activities and workshops in Wrangell. Running from July 24 to 28, people can look forward to an art workshop, bear safety courses, bear-themed symposiums, and...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 18, 2019 

Further recon on Southeast Cove fire pending better weather

On June 27, according to a press release by the Forest Service, a lightning strike ignited a fire near Southeast Cove on Wrangell Island. The fire is located less than a mile northeast of the cove on...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 18, 2019 

School board approves various budget amendments

In a special meeting on July 11, the Wrangell School Board adopted various amendments to their FY 2019 budget as well as the recently adopted FY 2020 budget. Superintendent Debbe Lancaster said that the 2019 budget needed to be revised to show the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 18, 2019 

A day at the big wheel races brings a crowd

Pulling in a crowd of close to 200 people, according to a guess by volunteer Tawney Crowley, the big wheel races on July 3 were quite a hit. The races were held at the covered basketball court by...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 18, 2019 

Water conservation and hydropower covered in town hall meeting

A town hall meeting was held at the Nolan Center last Wednesday evening, July 10, to discuss ongoing water issues in Wrangell and the wider Southeast Alaska region. In short, drought conditions...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 11, 2019

How much wood could a Chuck Oliver Logging Show chuck?

The roundabout near City Dock was blocked off July 4, for the 45th Chuck Oliver Logging Show. The logging show has been a staple of Wrangell's Independence Day celebration since it was first...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 11, 2019

Fun times and broken logs at greased pole competition

Wrangell's annual greased pole competition took place last Tuesday, July 2, at the city dock. The event is a popular part of the city's weeklong Fourth of July celebration. The competition is simple,...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 11, 2019

Alaska, 1868: Nolan Center hosts exhibit of first known photographs of life in Southeast Alaska

The Nolan Center, Wrangell's museum, movie theater, and cultural center, is hosting a new exhibit. "Muybridge in Alaska: 1868," is a collection of 16 original stereo views of Southeast Alaska, taken...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 11, 2019

Block party thrown in lieu of fireworks

The annual third of July fireworks show was cancelled this year, according to a press release from the City and Borough of Wrangell. This decision was made after borough officials, members of the poli...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 11, 2019

Fun on the Fourth

The Fourth of July was a hot and sunny day in Wrangell, but that did not stop many people from getting out and having a good time. Like all previous years, this year's fourth was the culmination of a...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 11, 2019

Broken sprinkler causes Nolan Center flood, no damages reported

A call went out on the police scanner around 12:45 p.m., July 8, about the Nolan Center flooding. The Nolan Center is Wrangell’s museum, movie theater, tourist destination, and conference center. The fire department responded to the call quickly,...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 11, 2019

History, talent, and royalty at the Fourth of July talent show

Among the many events occurring the week of the Fourth of July in Wrangell is the annual talent show. The event is a great way for locals and visitors to show off their talents, whatever they may be,...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 11, 2019

Wrangell Community Prioritization Survey closes next Friday

Ruby McMurren, with the Wrangell Cooperative Association and project director of the local Administration for Native Americans grant project, wanted to remind everybody in town that the "Wrangell...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 11, 2019

Dan Ortiz holds teleconference with Wrangell and Ketchikan

State Representative Dan Ortiz (I) held a teleconference with constituents in Ketchikan and Wrangell Monday, July 8, to hear public opinions on the state budget, the PFD, and other items. Monday was...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 11, 2019

Wrangell man killed in plane crash near Ketchikan

Wrangell resident and attorney Michael Nash, 68-years-old passed away in a plane crash near Ketchikan on Thursday, July 11. Alaska State Troopers were notified by Ketchikan Flight Service of an... Full story

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 4, 2019

Color run supports local organizations

City Park was crowded and colorful last Saturday as people came together for the annual Long Term Care Color Run. The event is sponsored by the Wrangell Medical Center and its Long Term Care unit. The...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 4, 2019

Doug McCloskey hangs up badge, ends nearly 40-year career

Wrangell Police Chief Doug McCloskey was recognized for his service to the community at last week's borough assembly meeting. With his recent retirement at the end of June, McCloskey has closed out...

 

Corrections

In last week’s story on the Chuck Oliver Logging Show, we reported that two commemorative prints by Kitty Angerman would be up for auction. These are original art pieces, according to event organizer Randy Oliver, not prints. In last week’s...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 4, 2019

Mariners' Memorial project in progress, receives Rasmuson grant

The Wrangell Mariners' Memorial, an ongoing project to build a memorial to honor Wrangellites who have been lost at sea, has made several big steps forward. Jenn Miller, president of the Mariners'...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 4, 2019

Rep. Dan Ortiz plans teleconference to discuss state budget

According to a press release from the Wrangell Legislative Information Office, State Representative Dan Ortiz will be holding a teleconference on July 8, from 5 to 6 p.m. to receive feedback from the...

 

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