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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 25, 2019

Part 2: Food fight between SE fishermen and sea otters

Sea otters are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, a federal law that prohibits the harvesting of marine mammals. However, this law does allow for some exceptions. Under section 101 of the...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 25, 2019

State trooper Freeberg seeking increased local collaboration

State Wildlife Trooper Kyle Freeberg moved to Wrangell back in April. As a state trooper, Freeberg's job includes patrolling old logging roads during the hunting season, and watching the commercial an...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 25, 2019

Tickets available for coho and halibut derbies

August is just around the corner, meaning it is almost time for Wrangell's annual fishing derby. Fishing derbies have been a longstanding tradition in Wrangell, and for many years the king salmon...


Stikine River Federal subsistence Sockeye Salmon fishery closed

Wrangell District Ranger Clint Kolarich, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, is closing the June 21 – July 31, 2019 Federal subsistence Sockeye Salmon fishery in the Stikine...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 25, 2019

SafeTALK training gives people tips for helping those contemplating suicide

Suicide is an important topic in Alaska, as the state has one of the highest suicide rates per capita in the country. According to the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, in 2014 there were 22.3 suicides per 100,000 people across Alaska. As such,...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 25, 2019

Southeast Alaska of the 19th century revealed in new Nolan Center exhibit

The Nolan Center hosted a grand opening presentation for its most recent exhibit last Tuesday, July 16: "Muybridge in Alaska: 1868." The exhibit has been traveling around the state this year, first being shown in the Alaska Native Heritage Museum in...


Nonresident King Salmon Retention Prohibited August 1 Through September 15

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced July 22, nonresident anglers may not retain king salmon from August 1 through September 15 in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat marine waters, except in...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 25, 2019

Community members coming together in support of the senior center

As the debates over the state budget and Governor Mike Dunleavy's vetoes continue, many Alaskans are left to worry about how they will be affected. In a Facebook post on July 22, Mayor Steve Prysunka...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 25, 2019

Assembly considers rate stabilization fund, rejects pursuing further SEAPA reimbursement

The borough assembly held a second reading of a proposed amendment to Wrangell's municipal code during their meeting Tuesday. The amendment would be to chapter 15.12, Electricity, and would add a sect...


Strike threatened: Ferry workers vote on Governor Dunleavy's contract proposal

JUNEAU – Hundreds of public ferry workers who operate Alaska's vital Marine Highway conducted a vote this week – and decided by a margin of 86% to reject the package of harsh measures proposed by...


Hundreds of Alaska ferry workers go on strike

Juneau, Alaska (AP) - A spokesman for a union representing workers for the Alaska ferry system says the union has gone on strike. Hundreds of ferry workers went on strike Wednesday after failing to... Full story

 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...


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