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Water watch comes to an end

Thanks to several days of rainy weather, and lessening demand for water from Wrangell's seafood processors, city officials declared the Stage I water watch over. Both of the city's reservoirs are...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 29, 2019

Four residents become U.S. citizens

In the past year, at least four citizens from Petersburg and Wrangell have sought and gained their U.S. citizenship to be with their families and for peace of mind. Elisa Teodori originates from...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 22, 2019

National Guard recruiter visits Wrangell

Sgt. Mario Morales visited Wrangell last week. As a recruiter for the Army National Guard, he said that he and his office partner are responsible for a wide range of Southeast Alaska, from Prince of...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 22, 2019

Communication and caring for technology emphasized in school orientation

With the new school year less than a week away, parents and students were invited to the Wrangell High School commons for a short orientation. Largely led by secondary school principal David Macri,...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 22, 2019

New hires and resignations covered in school board meeting

Several new hires and resignations in the school district were a big topic of discussion in the Wrangell School Board's last meeting on Monday, Aug. 19. One such hire was Tawney Crowley, who will...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 22, 2019

New hospital construction on track

Construction of Wrangell's new hospital is on track, according to Hospital Administrator Leatha Merculieff. Construction began back in April, as land next to the AICS Clinic was cleared of trees and...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 22, 2019

Mariners' Memorial fish fry this Friday

The Wrangell Mariners' Memorial Board will be hosting a fish fry at the future memorial site, by Heritage Harbor, this Friday at 5 p.m. The fish fry is one of the memorial's bigger fundraisers,...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 22, 2019

New playground games fully funded in 24 hours

Thanks to the generosity of several Wrangell residents, and support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a fundraiser for new games for the Evergreen Elementary School playground was fully fund...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 15, 2019

P&Z meeting postponed due to lack of quorum

A planning and zoning commission meeting, scheduled for Aug. 8, was postponed due to a lack of quorum. Of the five members of the commission, only Commissioner Kate Hein was able to attend. The others were unavailable due to unspecified personal...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 15, 2019

School budget/finance committee discusses walk-through with city officials, updates to accounting software

The Wrangell School District's budget/finance committee held a brief meeting last Wednesday, Aug. 7. One of the topics covered related to infrastructure and capital improvements. Capital improvement p...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 15, 2019

"Wonderfulness Parade" this weekend

Anny Newport, locally known as the "Free Toy Fairy" by some around town, has organized a parade for this weekend. The "Wonderfulness Parade," as it is called, is a tradition that has travelled with...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 15, 2019

Shoemaker renovations 95 percent complete

Renovations to Shoemaker Harbor are about 95 percent complete, according to Wrangell Capital Facilities Director Amber Al-Haddad. The project was originally planned to be finished in June, but renovat...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 15, 2019

Bennett Street work continues

Renovations to Bennett Street and the Airport loop road, which began last May, are still ongoing. Workers with SECON have been doing a complete rehab of Bennett Street. This includes repaving the...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 15, 2019

Water levels in Tyee Lake below six-year average

As the dry weather persists though the summer, Tyee Lake water levels continue to be below the normal levels for early August. As part of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency, Tyee Lake dedicates its...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 8, 2019

Stikine River rally highlights mining concerns

It was a perfect day to be outdoors last Sunday, Aug. 4. The sun was shining, the water was smooth, and the temperature was warm. Besides the nice weather, concerned locals also spent the day...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 8, 2019

Rally for cancer care tournaments this weekend

This coming weekend, Muskeg Meadows Golf Course will host the annual Rally for Cancer Care tournaments. The rally has become a longstanding and popular tradition for people in Wrangell and...



In last week’s photograph of the Wrangell Community Orchestra’s Bearfest performance, we misidentified Bonnie Demerjian as Michael Bania.... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 8, 2019

NOAA releases annual report of US fisheries

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration held an online press conference last Friday, Aug. 2, to announce the release of their annual report to Congress on the state of the country's fisher...

 By Dan Ortiz    News    August 8, 2019

Dan's Dispatch

As the District 36 Representative, my primary assignment now in the Legislature is to serve as the Vice-Chair on the House Finance Committee. In that duty, I traveled to Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, and Fairbanks between July 15-18 in order to hear...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 8, 2019

Almost 500 responses to community prioritization survey

Closing on July 19 last month, the Wrangell Community Prioritization Survey garnered what Ruby McMurren called a surprising number of responses. A total of 482 people responded to the survey, she said...


Ferry workers' strike brings travel disruptions

With approximately 400 members of the Inlandboatmen's Union going on strike last Wednesday, July 24, the Alaska Marine Highway System came to a halt. Without ferry services, many people across the...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 1, 2019

SEARHC hosts culture camp during Bearfest

SEARHC hosted an Alaska Native culture camp during Wrangell's annual Bearfest this past week. Running from July 24 to 28, the camp invited anybody interested to come together to make paddles and...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 1, 2019

Bear observatories and conservation challenges discussed in symposium

One of the central parts of the annual Bearfest celebration are the symposiums. Experts on bears and bear-related subjects are invited to come speak in Wrangell each year. This year saw several such...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 1, 2019

Cooperative Association to pass out backpacks in back-to-school program

The Wrangell Cooperative Association, once again, is helping out with the Tlingit and Haida Central Council's back to school backpack event. Tribal Administrator Esther Ashton said that the WCA...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 1, 2019

Amy Gulick talks salmon at Bearfest presentation of new book

Author and photographer Amy Gulick visited Wrangell this past week for Bearfest. Gulick last visited Wrangell about four years ago, she said, while doing research for her latest book. Now that said...


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