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 By Becca Clark    News    May 15, 2024

New online dictionary helps teach Native languages

There’s a new way to learn Native languages: Sealaska Heritage Institute has created an online searchable dictionary with accompanying audio. The online dictionary allows users to search words and phrases in English or Lingít (Tlingit language), Xaad...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 8, 2024

Paddlers prepare for weeklong journey to Celebration

On May 29, a 39-foot canoe of Wrangell paddlers will start the week-long, 150-nautical-mile journey to Juneau for Celebration, the biennial Native culture festival. This year marks the first time...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 8, 2024

More state money possible for school budget and building repairs

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has indicated he is willing to accept a one-year increase in state money for schools as legislators work toward a $175 million addition to the funding formula before their scheduled adjournment deadline May 15. The increase would...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 8, 2024

Forest Service asks public comment on fees for new cabins

The U.S. Forest Service plans to build six new cabins and a new campground in Southeast Alaska and wants to hear from the public on proposed fees for the facilities. One of the new cabins will be constructed at Little Lakes, on a former logging road...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 8, 2024

Workshop this weekend will teach sea otter pelt sewing

"Wear sea otter, save a crab!" says Jeremiah James. James will teach a sea otter skin sewing class in Wrangell Thursday through Sunday, May 9-12, at the Wrangell Cooperative Association cultural...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 8, 2024

Class will teach sustainable cedar bark harvesting

As the art of cedar weaving continues to grow in popularity, so does the need for a supply of cedar bark. Deborah Head of Craig will teach a class in Wrangell to harvest cedar bark sustainably, without harming the trees. The sessions will run...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 8, 2024

Zimovia Highway rockfall mitigation work to begin this month

The Alaska Department of Transportation has contracted Hiex Construction of Haines to conduct rockfall mitigation and slope stabilization work between 5.5 and 8.5 Mile Zimovia Highway. The work will likely begin just before Memorial Day, Hiex...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    May 8, 2024

Student film festival May 14 features life in Wrangell

A film festival featuring student-created documentaries about different facets of Wrangell life will be held at the Nolan Center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. Admission is free. Middle school science...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 8, 2024

Free disposal offered again for old vehicles, scrap metal

Channel Construction, which runs the scrap metal recycling operation at the former 6-Mile mill site, has resumed accepting unusable vehicles and large appliances from the public — and it’s free. The company collects scrap metal from throughout Sou...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    May 8, 2024

Parks and Rec hosts bike mechanic from Petersburg

With some coordinating help from Parks and Recreation, bike mechanic Pat Blair with Wheelhouse Bikes in Petersburg will be in Wrangell Monday through Wednesday, June 3-5. Anyone with a bicycle in...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 1, 2024

State awaits report, cost estimate on repairing Matanuska

The Alaska Marine Highway System is waiting for the prognosis after a full-body scan of the state ferry Matanuska, looking for rusted steel — the equivalent of a cancer scan of the 61-year-old ship. The Matanuska has been out of service for 18 m...

 

State expects pink salmon harvest less than half last year

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported April 25 that commercial fishermen caught a total of 66.6 million salmon in Southeast Alaska during 2023, including wild runs and hatchery-produced fish. For this year, the department is predicting...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    May 1, 2024

Roller rink reopens, with first public skate Friday

The nondenominational TouchPoint Alaska Ministries has reopened the roller rink on Bennett Street, with the first public skate night set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3. Georgianna and Richard...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Borough assembly, school board discuss local funding

The borough assembly and school board met April 23 in a joint work session to discuss local funding for the school district for the 2024-2025 school year. The school district has requested $1.75 million from the borough, which is the maximum local...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Borough looking at sales tax changes to raise revenue - but not the rate

Assembly members expressed interest — but also caution — in what borough staff can come with to change the sales tax code to possibly raise more revenue without raising the actual tax rate. Raising more money from sales tax would allow the bor...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Borough to conduct random sales tax audits of businesses

The borough will conduct sales tax audits periodically over the next year. Ten businesses will be selected at a time, covering various categories of business types, Borough Manager Mason Villarma said April 24. The audits are an effort to preserve...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Borough increases rates and fees to cover for inflation

The borough will raise some of its rates and fees for things like the Nolan Center, port and harbors and light and power to account for inflation, effective July 1. Among the more notable increases are for space rentals for commercial or private...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 1, 2024

Several dozen households apply for state, federal disaster aid

The state had paid out more than $167,000 in disaster relief aid to 11 Wrangell households as of last month, with more than two dozen applications waiting on review for federal assistance. State and federal disaster declarations opened the door for...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    May 1, 2024

Students will perform spring concert May 7

Student bands and choirs will present the annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the high school gym. The event is free but donations are welcome. The concert will feature performances from the high school band, middle school band, jazz...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    May 1, 2024

Author presents workshop for the shortest of short stories

A free creative writing workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Irene Ingle Public Library. Children's book author and artist Michael Bania will help participants create "micro-...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Prize-winning reporter will talk about rural public safety at remembrance day event

Kyle Hopkins, an award-winning journalist for his reporting work on sexual assault in Alaska, will be the keynote speaker at an event for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Awareness Day at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Shakes Tribal House....

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Radke retires after 4 years as police chief

Wrangell Police Chief Tom Radke retired April 5 after four years in the job. He started in Wrangell at the beginning of 2020 after moving from Minnesota, where he worked in the field for almost 30 years. “Wrangell is a great town,” he said, “an...

 
 By David Reamer    News    May 1, 2024

Zarembo Island mineral water had a short life a century ago

It began with a bottle, not in the usual way as a tragedy, but a mystery. Tinted blue and clearly old, the heavy glass bottle is imperfect with numerous bubbles frozen forever in the medium. It had...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 1, 2024

Borough awarded $50,000 grant for cybersecurity

The borough received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to put together a comprehensive cybersecurity plan. Developing a cybersecurity plan entails contracting a consulting team to help the borough conduct risk assessments...

 

High schoolers work with Forest Service to install livestreaming at Anan

The U.S. Forest Service is working with the high school tech club on a five-year project to install and operate three cameras to provide livestreaming from the Anan Wildlife Observatory. “The goal is to have more access and be able to share this a...

 

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