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 By Larry Persily    News    January 17, 2024

Wrangell goes after $25 million grant to rebuild harbor floats

The borough will spend about $80,000 for an engineering report, cost estimates and conceptual drawings in hopes of winning a $25 million federal grant to rebuild the Inner Harbor, Reliance and Standard Oil floats. The grant application is due by...

 

Resident florist moves business to brick-and-mortar shop

Since Artha DeRuyter arrived in town three years ago with her husband, clinical psychologist and current school board member John DeRuyter, she has provided flowers and floral arrangements for...

 

KSTK news director tries Alaska after Michigan and Colorado

A year and a half ago, Colette Czarnecki, the new news director at public radio KSTK, had been a trainee in NPR's Next Gen Radio, a five-day, audio-focused journalism project which finds, coaches and...

 

Salvation Army food pantry better stocked than usual after holidays

Typically, at this time of year, The Salvation Army food pantry, the only regular food pantry in Wrangell, is running low on items coming out of the holiday crush. Last year, the food pantry gave out 130 baskets for Thanksgiving and 200 for...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 17, 2024

New owner wants to expand Wrangell seafood sales

A Pacific Northwest seafood business owner, whose family has been active in commercial fishing in Alaska since 1981, plans to buy and expand the operations of Fathom Seafoods in Wrangell. Peninsula Seafoods has applied to the borough for transfer of...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 17, 2024

Assembly raises rates for lightering cruise passengers to shore

Cruise ship operators that lighter their passengers to shore will pay higher port fees starting this summer in Wrangell. The borough assembly unanimously approved the new rate structure Jan. 9, following a port commission recommendation. The rates...

 

Assembly adopts $300 fine for illegal tree cutting

The borough assembly on Jan. 9 unanimously adopted an ordinance to institute a $300 fine for illegally cutting down trees on borough land. No one from the public spoke on the ordinance at the public hearing held before the assembly vote. In addition...

 

Outer Coast educational program pulls in former Wrangell residents

When Lillian "Jing" O'Brien graduated from Wrangell High School in 2020, COVID-19 had taken over the nation and she had enrolled in Loyola University in Chicago with tentative plans to study pre-law...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 10, 2024

Application period open for 43rd year of Permanent Fund dividends

Almost 110,000 Alaskans applied for the fall 2024 Permanent Fund dividend in the first eight days after the application period opened on Jan. 1. Applications close in 11 weeks, on March 31. Last year’s dividend was $1,312. This year’s amount...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 10, 2024

Middle Ridge Road closed 'for the foreseeable future'

Middle Ridge Road, heavily damaged and blocked in several places by a 3,400-foot-long landslide Nov. 20, will be out of service until the U.S. Forest Service can come up with a repair plan and funding...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 10, 2024

Port commission recommends mandatory insurance for boat owners

The port commission has recommended to the borough assembly approval of an ordinance that would require owners who moor their vessels at a reserved spot in Wrangell harbors to either provide proof of marine insurance or pay a monthly surcharge on...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 10, 2024

State goes to bid for rockfall-prevention work past 6-Mile

The Alaska Department of Transportation is seeking bids for rockfall-prevention work just past 6-Mile Zimovia Highway in an area known as The Bluffs and prone to rocks breaking off from the hillside and landing in the right of way. The work is...

 

Borough steps up and drives a good deal for golf course

The borough and the Alaska Department of Transportation have found an answer to preserve the Wrangell Golf Club’s low-cost use of 33 acres of state land on Ishiyama Drive for the nine-hole Muskeg Meadows course. When the state last year determined...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 10, 2024

Borough ramps up marketing plan to attract more independent travelers

The intent is to promote Wrangell’s unique attractions, its wildlife, culture and history, aiming to attract more independent travelers to town. “Our goal is to establish a steady stream of visitors,” Kate Thomas, the borough’s economic...

 

Contractor on the job to install harbor security cameras

Installation of security cameras at eight port and harbor sites has started. “Chatham just showed up today,” Harbormaster Steve Miller said on Jan. 2, referring to Juneau-based Chatham Electric, which has a $495,000 borough contract for the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 10, 2024

Energy relief 'bonus' dividend looking smaller

This fall’s energy relief payment, which would go out along with the annual Permanent Fund dividend, is looking smaller than expected several months ago. The “bonus” on the 2024 dividend would come from state revenues in excess of what is...

 

Legion member urges proper care of U.S. flags

After this year's Fourth of July celebration, resident and military veteran Liz Roundtree was troubled by the state of U.S. flags that had been turned in for disposal at the American Legion where...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 3, 2024

School district counts on state funding increase

It’s been eight years since the state last increased its per-student funding formula for public schools — a 0.5% nudge that year — and years of stagnant funding have caught up with districts statewide, including Wrangell. “We have to count...

 

Murkowski will push for federal aid to help with hillside monitoring

Alaska's senior senator, Lisa Murkowski, told community leaders she will push for federal funding to bolster monitoring efforts of hillsides out the road. "What we need to have is greater monitoring...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 3, 2024

Borough sees interest in former hospital property

After sitting vacant for almost three years — spending about half that time on the market — the borough is finally seeing interest from private parties in buying the former hospital property on Bennett Street. Three parties have expressed interes...

 

Southeast lives with risk of landslides - and more in the future

Over the past decade, landslides have cost Southeast Alaska communities in both death and destruction - 11 deaths and tens of millions of dollars in property and infrastructure damage. Now...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 3, 2024

Wrangell far down on state-funded school repairs list

Wrangell is No. 16 on the statewide priority list and unlikely to receive any school repair money this year from the state’s Major Maintenance Grant Fund. The list, prepared each year by the Alaska Department of Education after reviewing...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 3, 2024

State postpones Zimovia Highway concrete repaving work to spring

Though the state Department of Transportation had hoped and planned to pave the rebuilt section of Zimovia Highway in the landslide area by early this month, the weather did not cooperate and the concrete work has been postponed to at least March....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 3, 2024

Assembly next stop for residential subdivision land sale

The Economic Development Board has recommended to the borough assembly that it put up half of the 20 lots at the Alder Top Village (Keishangita.’aan) subdivision in an online auction to the highest bidders, with the other half going on sale by...

 

Fourth grader and mom share passion for Pokémon

When 9-year-old Syler Webster isn't busy with his fourth grade class, extracurricular activities or chores at home, he and his mom are keeping track of his growing Pokémon collection. For Syler's mot...

 

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