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 By Becca Clark    News    April 3, 2024

Divers start underwater work to install anodes on harbor pilings

Work has begun to install 830 corrosion-preventing anodes on the pilings in Heritage Harbor and the Marine Service Center. The anodes are pieces of oxidizing metal that protect the steel pilings and piers from underwater corrosion. During a routine...

 
 By Iris Samuels    News    April 3, 2024

Murkowski reiterates she cannot get behind Trump for president

Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has made headlines again with comments on her unwillingness to vote for former president Donald Trump, which puts her in an ever-shrinking group of GOP members opposing the party’s presumptive nominee for pr...

 
 By Alaska Beacon    News    April 3, 2024

House passes bill to make church vandalism a felony

Vandalism directed at a church or other property used by a religious organization would become a felony in Alaska if legislation passed by the state House of Representatives becomes law. The House voted 35-5 on March 20 to approve House Bill 238,... Full story

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 3, 2024

Movie about Juneau's secret history coming to Wrangell

A video filmed of the award-winning play “Blue Ticket,” a historical fiction of dark pieces of Juneau history in the 1960s, will show at the Nolan Center at 6:30 p.m. April 15. The author of the play, Maureen “Mo” Longworth, will be present for a d...

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    April 3, 2024

GCI decides not to eliminate email service

Alaska telecommunications company GCI no longer plans to end its longtime email service. The company had said last summer it would end the service and cancel gci.net and alaskan.com accounts sometime in mid-2024. It also launched a new fee for the...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 27, 2024

Presidential disaster declaration will provide WCA with funds to clean landslide tidelands

Presidential approval of a disaster declaration for the Wrangell Cooperative Association will make more than half-a-million dollars available for the tribe to remove hazardous material from the beach covered in debris by the 11-Mile landslide on...

 
 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 Larry Persily    News    March 27, 2024

Crew shortage continues to limit operations at state ferry system

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s ongoing crew shortage has eased up for entry-level steward positions but remains a significant problem in the wheelhouse and for engineers, likely keeping the Kennicott out of service again this summer. As of M...

 

New club raises over $10,000 for student travel, hopes for more by June

The 6-month-old Wrangell Athletic Club has raised more than $10,000 toward its mission of paying for student travel to state competition, with plans to raise a lot more. Meanwhile, the school district has advanced more than $40,000 for student...

 
 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 27, 2024

Ferry ridership still not back to pre-pandemic numbers

The state ferry system carried 181,000 passengers in 2023, still short of the pre-COVID numbers in 2019 and down substantially from almost 340,000 in 2012 and more than 420,000 in 1992. Overall vehicle traffic also is down, from more than 115,000 in...

 

Spring thaw uncovers recurring problem of uncollected dog waste

Problems with dog waste in town, in parks and ballfields are ongoing. While there has been some improvement in recent years, people not picking up after their dogs continues to be a recurring issue, especially with the coming of spring. “With e...

 

Electric school bus for district hits another roadblock

The district’s electric school bus, originally scheduled to arrive in late spring through the federal Clean School Bus program, has been delayed until March 2025 due to a backlog of orders at the bus manufacturer, which could be too late for the term...

 

Almost half of Wrangell school students counted as Alaska Native

Almost half of the students enrolled at the school district are counted as Alaska Native. Schools Superintendent Bill Burr confirmed that out of a total of 270 students enrolled in the district, 122 are registered as Alaska Native, while 13 are...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 27, 2024

Program uses running and exercise to teach children self-respect

Wrangell’s BRAVE has started its running and empowerment program, I Toowú Klatseen (ITK), for kids in third through fifth grades. The program provides free running and exercise activities, lessons in self-respect, community building and healthy de...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 27, 2024

Green thumbs can help beautify Wrangell again this year

This is the second year that Wrangell’s Parks and Recreation Department will host an adopt-a-garden volunteer program to help beautify downtown. Though volunteers have maintained the garden beds in years past, last year was the first year that P...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 27, 2024

Wrangell teens bowl over the competition at state

Five Wrangell teens know their books, chapters and verses better than any other team in Alaska, and for the second year in a row Wrangell won the state title at The Salvation Army’s Bible Bowl competition. The team was so dominant and won by such a...

 
 By James Brooks    News    March 27, 2024

House legislation would allow use of more cell photo data in search of lost people

Under legislation passed March 21 by the Alaska House of Representatives, police searching for a lost hiker could obtain cell phone and satellite phone location data without a warrant. The House approved House Bill 316 by a 38-1 margin after moving... Full story

 
 By Annie Berman    News    March 27, 2024

Research says Alaska teacher salaries below Lower 48 average

Teacher salaries in Alaska are not competitive when compared to much of the Lower 48, according to new research from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research. Alaska teachers are paid below the national a...

 
 By James Brooks    News    March 27, 2024

New federal opinion could put more land under tribal jurisdiction

A new legal opinion by the top attorney at the U.S. Department of the Interior has extended the land jurisdiction of Alaska tribes, upending decades of precedent and offering new opportunities for the state’s 228 federally recognized tribal g... Full story

 
 By Annie Berman    News    March 27, 2024

Research says Alaska teacher salaries below Lower 48 average

Teacher salaries in Alaska are not competitive when compared to much of the Lower 48, according to new research from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research. Alaska teachers are paid below the national a...

 

Federal grant will pay for longliners association effort to save fuel and money

The Alaska Longline Fisherman’s Association says the $514,000 federal grant it received for a feasibility study could lead to lower costs for the fishing fleet and a path to decarbonization of the industry. “This will inform our efforts to dec...

 
 By Claire Stremple    News    March 27, 2024

Governor wants to criminalize unpermitted street protests

Opponents of Gov. Mike Dunleavey’s proposal to criminalize unpermitted street protests and other activities that block passage through public places said it is unconstitutional, too vague and too broad to become law. If Senate Bill 255 or its c... Full story

 
 By Sam Stockbridge    News    March 27, 2024

AP&T selects Ketchikan as corporate headquarters

Alaska Power & Telephone Co. has announced it is designating its offices in Ketchikan as its new corporate headquarters — moving the nameplate from Washington state — the first time it will be headquartered in Alaska. AP&T's current headquarters are...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 20, 2024

WCA hires domestic violence prevention specialist

Kevin Gadsey, hired last month by the Wrangell Cooperative Association to work on domestic violence prevention, said the problem is more traumatic in smaller communities like Wrangell, where...

 

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