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School board meets new maintenance director, reviews policy on standing committees

The Wrangell school board held a meeting on Monday, Jan. 21, to meet with the district’s new maintenance director. Josh Blatchley came before the board to introduce himself, and to relate to the board some of the things he feels need attention, in...

 

Joint Boards nominate Vincent-Lang for top ADFG post

The State of Alaska Joint Boards of Fisheries and Game last night unanimously voted to nominate Doug Vincent-Lang as Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game. Vincent-Lang, who has more than 34 years of experience with the department, has...

 

Legal services proposals discussed at Assembly workshop

Over the recent holiday season, the city and borough of Wrangell issued a RFP, or “request for proposal” for municipal legal services. Borough Clerk Kim Lane explained that the borough assembly, by majority, opted to see what other legal...

 

Assembly discusses low water levels, police statistics

Water levels in Swan and Tyee lakes were a hot topic at Tuesday night’s assembly meeting. Mayor Steve Prysunka gave a presentation to the borough assembly, informing them that Wrangell might be facing power supply issues in the future. He explained...

 

Assembly approves tail insurance policies for medical center

The borough assembly held a short special meeting last Friday night, Jan. 11. The purpose of the meeting was to approve of two tail insurance policies for the Wrangell Medical Center. Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen explained that tail insurance is...

 

City meets to discuss priorities for future cruise seasons

The 2019 cruise season is just around the corner. Starting in April and ending in October, about 57 cruise ships are scheduled to stop at the city dock. To get ahead of the upcoming busy season, city officials and businessmen all came together on...

 

Planning and Zoning Commission approve "Curleyville" replat

Wrangell’s planning and zoning commission met last Thursday evening to review and approve of the rezoning of several lots owned by Armstrong Rents, LLC. Robert Armstrong came before the commission to give some history on the lots, which are located...

 

Borough assembly hears hospital update, approves legislative priorities

The Wrangell borough assembly met last Tuesday night to hear an update on the transition of the Wrangell Medical Center to SEARHC control. The regional healthcare consortium took over the medical center late last year and is in the process of...

 

Alaska's population declines for second consecutive year

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s population has declined for a second consecutive year, dropping by 1,608 people to a total of 736,239, according to a state report. A report released Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Developme...

 

Blood Bank of Alaska opens permanent facility in Juneau

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Blood Bank of Alaska has opened a permanent center in Juneau. The Juneau Empire reports the facility has operated for a week and plans a grand opening Jan. 17. Blood Bank of Alaska chairman Chris Mello says organization...

 

2018: A year in review, Part 2

April The Department of Transportation is finally able to get started on a major Wrangell road repaving project. Perforated by potholes, the borough’s Evergreen Avenue will be resurfaced and repaired, with pedestrian improvements and other fixes....

 

Snowy Days in Wrangell

Wrangell got quite a bit of snow last week. Here, Hannah Buness and Vincent Mitchell can be seen building a snowman outside of Stikine Middle School....

 

Kiteboarding is a Southeast recreation option

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The two objects were unmistakable from the Egan Drive traffic. Large kites, similar in appearance to the ones used by paragliders in the summer, sailed gently above Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge on a rainy December...

 

Board upholds termination of art teacher

In an 8 ½ hour meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Wrangell School Board upheld the firing of first year art teacher Shanna Mall. Starting at 4 p.m., the school board held a public hearing on the potential termination of a high school art teacher well past...

 

2018: A year in review, Part 1

The past year has been a busy one for the community of Wrangell, and also one full of changes. Elections have come and gone, the school district saw a new superintendent and two new principals, a high school swimming and diving team was organized,...

 

Town comes together to remember local centenarian

Lawrence Bahovec was a longtime resident of Wrangell, one of the oldest on the island. He was born on Jan. 4, 1917 in the city of Chicago, Illinois, but his family moved to Wrangell early in his...

 

Rod Rhoades keeping the lights on in Wrangell

With over two decades of experience handling the electrical infrastructure for Alyeska Pipeline Services, Rod Rhoades said his new job as superintendent of electrical utilities is challenging and...

 

Wrangell LIO PFD information

Permanent Fund Dividend paper applications are available at the Legislative Information Office, located upstairs in the Kadin Building next to the Fish and Game Office. The LIO can also help file online, no computer skills needed, and can certify...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 3, 2019

Vivian Faith Prescott named judge of annual statewide poetry contest

The Fairbanks Arts Association opened their 24th annual statewide poetry contest for submissions this December. Each year, the association picks a new judge for the contest. This year will be judged by Wrangell resident Vivian Faith Prescott. Bahr sa...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 3, 2019

Parks and Recreation department offering lifeguard training

The Wrangell Parks and Recreation department is offering lifeguard training, starting on Jan. 10. The courses are open to all eligible candidates over the age of 16. Those wishing to participate must pass a few tests. The first test is a 300 yard...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 3, 2019

Petersburg Borough approves $600,000 for new baler in first reading

PETERSBURG – The borough assembly passed ordinance 2018-21 on Dec.17 in its first reading which allocates $400,000 from the sanitation fund and $200,000 from the Motor Pool to replace the borough’s baler. Last month, the assembly had voted to...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 3, 2019

High school softball team being reorganized

Softball is a popular pastime across many small towns in the United States. However, in Wrangell, both softball and baseball have had low participation in recent memory. The most recent mention of a...

 

Small turnout for boat parade, winners announced for holiday decorating contest

The Doc Davenport Christmas Boat Parade has been a Wrangell tradition since the 1970s, when it was started by Wayne "Doc" Davenport. Fishermen and boat owners of Wrangell, traditionally, deck out...

 

Wrangell school district marks last day of school, first semester for new leadership

With snow falling all through town, the last day of school for the Wrangell school district was made just that much more special. After a long semester starting last August, students in elementary, middle, and high school now have a few weeks to...

 

Polar Bear Plunge coming this New Year

As many people in Wrangell are surely aware, Alaska is cold in the winter. While others may bundle up or drink lots of coffee to fight the cold, there is another group that embraces it. The Wrangell Polar Bear Club will be holding their annual...

 

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