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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Assembly adopts budget for FY 2021

After multiple workshops, rewrites, and edits, the borough assembly met Tuesday evening to finally adopt a budget for FY 2021. This budget, overall, barely breaks even between revenues and expenses. H...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Wrangell Emergency Operations Center seeks increased testing

Members of Wrangell's Unified Command reconvened on June 17, through teleconference to consolidate the community COVID-19 response.  Talks were largely focused on recent efforts by the Emergency...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Community shows support for Lewis Family

After suffering a stroke while on vacation, the community has joined to show their support for Wrangellite Dani Lewis and her family. Lewis and her family recently traveled to Florida for a family vacation with her father, according to a GoFundMe...

 

Ketchikan warns virus spread possible after quarantine break

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – A person who didn’t follow quarantine procedures after arriving in Alaska has created the possibility of broad community spread of the coronavirus after going to social gatherings and public places in Ketchikan while awai...

 

Trident Seafoods employee tests positive for COVID-19

PETERSBURG ­– An employee with Trident Seafoods has tested positive for COVID-19 on the individual’s tenth day of quarantine after arriving to the community, according to a press release from the Petersburg Emergency Operations Center. All...

 

Alaska child care providers to receive $10.5M in virus funds

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s government has announced that child care providers will receive an additional $10.5 million from the state’s portion of federal coronavirus relief funds. State Department of Health and Social Services Commissio...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

Wrangell up to three total COVID cases, one recovered

After last week's announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Wrangell, two other cases were confirmed shortly after. Wrangell now has three total cases of the virus. One case has been dec...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

Assembly gives direction on general fund deficit

In one of their final budget workshops for FY 2021, the borough assembly gave guidance to city administration to do as much as they can to close Wrangell's general fund deficit. According to the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

Calls to protect funding for Chamber of Commerce, KSTK heard in public hearing

The Wrangell Borough Assembly hosted a public hearing on next year's budget Tuesday night, June 16. This was an opportunity for members of the public to voice their opinions and concerns regarding FY...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

Lover Bear Candle Co. taking off in Wrangell

Wrangell is home to many locally-owned businesses. One of the community's newest businesses, Lover Bear Candle Co., is really thriving in the locals-supporting-locals environment. "My husband and I...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

Planning and Zoning Commission hear request to purchase city land, discuss Institute rezoning

The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission met last Thursday, June 11. During this meeting, they heard a request to purchase city land, continued their ongoing discussion of rezoning the old Institut...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

EDC workshops local assistance applications

Wrangell's Economic Development Committee met Monday, June 15, to workshop various grant programs to assist Wrangell businesses. The EDC has put together three local grants that businesses could apply...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

City responds to Open Meetings Act question

During the June 9 meeting of the borough assembly, Wrangell resident Ryan Howe was appointed to fill a vacant position. A seat on the assembly was left empty after Drew Larrabee announced his...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

School board approves collaboration agreement with Sealaska, budget revisions

The Wrangell School Board met Monday, June 15, to accept a collaboration agreement with the Sealaska Heritage Institute. They also approved of some budget revisions. According to the collaboration...

 

Alaska residents to get $992 from Permanent Fund dividend

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Permanent Fund dividend was finalized at $992 and distribution is expected to begin early this year because of economic impacts caused by the coronavirus...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

Butter Clams found with PST at Etolin Island

A sample of butter clams from Etolin Island have been found with high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins, the Wrangell Cooperative Association's IGAP Department reports. Kim Wickman, with WCA IGAP,...

 

Alaska company to pay Justice Department $1.3M in fraud case

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A subsidiary of an Alaska Native corporation has agreed to pay $1.3 million in a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice over a fraud scheme allegedly involving a former employee. Manufacturing company Alutiiq...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 11, 2020

Controversial quarantine ordinance killed by assembly

The Wrangell Borough Assembly considered adopting a new emergency ordinance last week, mandating that out of state visitors to Wrangell take a COVID-19 test or quarantine themselves. However, this ord...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 11, 2020

First case of COVID-19 announced in Wrangell

On Sunday evening, June 7, the first positive case of COVID-19 was announced in the community of Wrangell. A joint press release from the city and SEARHC reports that the patient is an unnamed...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 11, 2020

Deficit gap, revenue reductions discussed in budget workshop

The Wrangell Borough assembly held another budget workshop last week, Wednesday, June 3. In this meeting the assembly briefly reviewed a looming budget deficit in the borough's general fund. They...

 

$60,000 MOU approved for cannery worker COVID-19 tests

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met last Wednesday evening, June 3, for a special meeting. City administration was wanting to enter a Memorandum of Understanding with SEARHC to provide COVID-19 testing...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 11, 2020

Culture camp, other projects approved in RAC meeting

The Wrangell-Petersburg-Kake Resource Advisory Committee met last Tuesday evening, June 2, to consider multiple projects to recommend funding for. Among these was a plan for a culture camp, presented...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 11, 2020

Hospital construction ramping up

Construction of the new Wrangell Medical Center is continuing on schedule and on budget, according to an update provided by Sondra Forrester. According to the update, construction is ramping up as...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 11, 2020

Assembly discusses COVID-19 with health experts, approves mill levy rates

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday evening to hear from some Alaskan health experts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. As Wrangell received its first case of the virus over the weekend, assembly...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 11, 2020

CVB discusses marketing plans

The Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau met last Tuesday afternoon, June 9, to workshop various marketing plans. The CVB was looking to put together a list of various ways they could promote Wrange...

 

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