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 By Marc Lutz    News    May 24, 2023

Awards, scholarships ceremony highlights student achievements throughout year

As the school year wraps up and learning winds down, students were recognized for their outstanding achievements. The annual academic and scholarship award ceremony held on May 16 in the Wrangell...


Wizard of a performance

Malachi Harrison, left, as Scarecrow, talks to as Dorothy (Erika Jabusch) and Tin Man (Derek Heller) in the May 16 production of "The Wizard of Oz" at Evergreen Elementary. Students staged the...


Slip, sliding away from class

Senior Devlyn Campbell slips down a makeshift soapy water slide on May 17 on the lawn at the high school courtyard. The class of 2023 took advantage of the warm weather by inviting their classmates...

 By Larry Persily    News    May 17, 2023

Legislators likely headed into overtime, unable to agree on PFD

Alaska lawmakers have been spending the final days of the 121-day legislative session disagreeing over the amount of this fall’s Permanent Fund dividend. As of Monday afternoon, the House and Senate appeared unable to agree on state spending for th...

 By Caroleine James    News    May 17, 2023

Wrangell trollers criticize court ruling that could close king salmon fishery

Like other trollers in the region, Wrangell fishermen are critical of a Seattle-based federal judge’s ruling that could shut down the Southeast commercial king salmon fishery, which supports about 40 trollers in town. Brian Merritt is a troller...

 By Caroleine James    News    May 17, 2023

WCA prepares for tourism season, hires coordinator

As the first cruise ship of the season arrived in town last Thursday, the Wrangell Cooperative Association's new tourism coordinator, Brooke Leslie, gave visitors an informative presentation inside th...

 By Caroleine James    News    May 17, 2023

Toothbrushes and toilet seats tools of the trade for gardeners

Southeast Alaska's near-constant blanket of clouds and its frequent rains that wash nutrients from the soil make gardening in the region notoriously difficult, even for people with the greenest of...

 By Sophia Carlisle    News    May 17, 2023

Alaska's newest 737 takes Indigenous art to new heights

Alaska Airlines last week unveiled a new design that replaced the popular Salmon Thirty Salmon jet. The new art still features salmon, but this time from an Indigenous perspective. Crystal Kaakeeyáa... Full story

 By Caroleine James    News    May 17, 2023

Board of Equalization settles final property assessment appeals

The borough completed its unprecedented mass review of all property values on the road system last week, with only seven of the initial 179 assessment appeals going to a formal hearing before the Board of Equalization. All the other cases were...

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 17, 2023

Lack of child care remains problem for working parents in Wrangell

Parents looking for someone to watch their children so they can earn a living may have to keep looking for the time being. Efforts to find solutions to a lack of child care locally and statewide continue to move forward, but providing the service is...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    May 17, 2023

EPA focused on new wastewater discharge requirements throughout Southeast

Alaska’s coastal communities are home to more than a third of the U.S. wastewater plants still allowed to treat their sewage at the lowest and most basic level. But six cities in Southeast Alaska, including Wrangell, may soon have to invest in impr... Full story

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 17, 2023

Elementary school kids dig nature on Sea Day, literally

How many times can you tell your kid to go play in the ocean and mean it? At least once a year for U.S. Forest Service and school staff. On May 9, teachers, parents and Forest Service employees...

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 17, 2023

Cardinell resigns from jet boat association, trains Galla as replacement

Since 2019, Caitlin Cardinell has worked as the liaison between members of the Stikine River Jet Boat Association and cruise lines to schedule tours and advocate for the organization. After 10 years...

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 17, 2023

High school graduation marks new beginnings for senior class

After 12 years of studying, paying attention, taking notes, playing sports and, in some cases, goofing off, Wrangell High School's senior class will receive their diplomas on Friday night. The final...

 By Larry Persily    News    May 17, 2023

Wrangell grad Stacey Wayne named to state high school hall of fame

Stacey Wayne, Wrangell High School class of 1982, said it was an honor and a blessing to work as drama and debate coach with Sitka students for a quarter-century. The Alaska School Activities...


Wrangell High and Montana State grad Kayla Hay earns Fulbright to teach in Germany

Wrangell High School graduate Kayla Hay was always interested in learning German. Her great-grandparents emigrated from Austria to Alaska in the 1920s, she said, and she was intrigued by different...

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 17, 2023

Wyoming visit, competition welds senior's decision to pursue trade school

One thing Ethan Blatchley did not want to do for another four years was sit at a desk to earn a degree. A recent trip to Western Welding Academy in Gillette, Wyoming, reaffirmed the graduating high school senior’s choice to pursue a welding...

 By Gene Johnson    News    May 10, 2023

Judge's ruling could shut down summer troll king salmon season

SEATTLE (AP) — A ruling from a federal judge in Seattle could effectively shut down commercial king salmon trolling in Southeast Alaska — a valuable industry that supports some 1,500 fishermen — after a Washington state-based conservation...

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 10, 2023

Field trip up Stikine teaches lifelong lessons for elementary students

A simple 30-minute trip by jet boat could be the outing of a lifetime for many Wrangell and Petersburg youths, and if they pay attention, it could mean extending that lifetime. On May 2, a mix of...

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 10, 2023

Wrangell lands on Flight Simulator map in new add-on

Want to fly in and out of Wrangell but don't feel like dealing with TSA, long lines and checking baggage? Now you can from the comfort of your home cockpit (aka, couch). Northern Sky Studio, a...

 By Caroleine James    News    May 10, 2023

Borough to assess school buildings, pursue state repair grant

At its special meeting May 1, the borough assembly unanimously approved $266,920 for engineers to assess the condition of Wrangell’s three school buildings, in hopes of making the list for millions of dollars in state funding to repair and...

 By Caroleine James    News    May 10, 2023

Chamber brings raffle into compliance as it works on its finances

After the chamber of commerce received an anonymous tip two weeks ago that elements of its ongoing $10,000 raffle were against state law, the organization is taking steps to bring the fundraiser into compliance. The chamber held an emergency meeting...

 By Larry Persily    News    May 10, 2023

Borough installs new seasonal public restrooms downtown

The first cruise ship of the season is scheduled to tie up in Wrangell on Thursday, and borough crews have been working to get new restrooms ready for visitors — and locals — who need another option while walking around downtown. The borough has...

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 10, 2023

Seeing sites and crooning tunes are part of Close Up trip to D.C.

Learning about politics, visiting memorials and even singing for Sen. Lisa Murkowski were all part of a recent trip four Wrangell students took to Washington, D.C. The yearly Close Up program took...

 By Caroleine James    News    May 10, 2023

Tlingit & Haida distributes herring eggs to tribal citizens

Tribal citizens lined up outside the WCA carving shed on the sunny afternoon of May 2 to collect boxes of herring eggs from the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. The Tlingit and Haida Traditional Food Security program...


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