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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020 

City issues shelter in place order, effective immediately

The City and Borough of Wrangell held a special meeting via teleconference last Sunday afternoon, March 22, to issue an emergency "shelter in place" order. The assembly recently granted the mayor and...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020 

Census packets delayed by COVID-19, responses still expected

While many events have been postponed or cancelled in response to the spread of COVID-19, in Alaska and across the world, Economic Development Director Carol Rushmore said that a high response rate...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020 

Senior Center temporarily stopping congregate meals, continuing necessary services

As many readers are aware, the COVID-19 virus is continuing to spread around the globe. A relative handful of cases have been confirmed in Alaska, but many people and organizations around the state...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020 

Planning and Zoning Commission holds four public hearings

Wrangell's Planning and Zoning Commission met last Tuesday evening, March 17, to hold a series of public hearings on several permit requests and agreement modifications. The first hearing was on a...

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

SEARHC Introduces Alternative Testing Sites in Five Communities

To expedite the COVID-19 testing process and eliminate unnecessary contamination of primary care clinics, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) recently opened alternative testing...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020 

School district taking steps to provide education during closure

Due to the spread of COVID-19 through Alaska, many people and organizations have had to suddenly alter their schedules and day-to-day operations. The Wrangell School District, for example, is looking...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020 

Hospital construction nears end of first year of work

Despite concerns of COVID-19, construction of the new Wrangell Medical Center has continued largely unhindered. Work on the new hospital began back in April of 2019, with an official groundbreaking ce...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Assembly cancels nonessential meetings, declares emergency in special meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a special meeting on Tuesday afternoon, March 17. In response to the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which recently reached Alaska, the assembly...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Recall effort gathers 66 signatures in Wrangell

The Recall Dunleavy movement, an ongoing effort to oust Governor Mike Dunleavy from office, has entered into its second round of signature gathering. The group successfully gathered about 49,000 signa...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Basics of budgeting covered by Salvation Army and TFCU

The Salvation Army and Tongass Federal Credit Union have partnered together to host a series of financial workshops. These monthly programs are scheduled to cover the basics of finances, from...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Wrangell takes precautionary steps for coronavirus

With the ongoing spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, many communities across the nation are doing their best to be prepared. This is also true in Alaska. There are only a few confirmed...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

School board adopts budget, approves transportation contract and resignation incentives

The Wrangell School board held a somewhat unique meeting Monday evening, March 16. Due to concerns about the coronavirus, though there have been no confirmed cases in Southeast Alaska as of this...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Gardening tips shared at first chautauqua of the season

Local gardeners met at the Nolan Center Thursday evening, March 12, to share advice in Wrangell's first chautauqua event of the season. The name "chautauqua" comes from a movement that began in the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 12, 2020

Trident Seafoods plant to remain closed for salmon season

Trident Seafoods, one of the two main seafood processors in Wrangell, has decided not to operate during the upcoming salmon season. Stefanie Moreland, vice president of government relations, seafood s...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 12, 2020

Unattended candle may have caused house fire

A Wrangell home caught fire last week, and firefighters suspect a candle is to blame. The fire occurred around 3:45 p.m. last Thursday. The residence, home to Jim "Bear" Jenkins and his son Josh...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 12, 2020

Assembly holds workshop on school district budget, approves tax refund

Members of the Wrangell Borough Assembly and the Wrangell School District met Tuesday evening, March 10, to hold a work session on the district's newest budget. Both the borough and school district...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 12, 2020

Wrangell man collects 35 years of rainfall data

As any resident of Southeast Alaska knows, rain is a common occurrence. This is no different for Wrangell. One Wrangell resident, Bill Messmer, has made a hobby out of tracking the amount of rainfall...

 

Wrangell organizations collaborate in coronavirus preparedness

The City and Borough of Wrangell (CBW), the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and local leadership met last Wednesday in the first weekly meeting to collaborate and prepare a local...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 12, 2020

Policy Committee workshops budget policy, disposal procedures

Wrangell School District's policy committee met last Thursday afternoon, March 5, to review policies regarding the district's budget practices and disposal procedures. On the budget policy, many of...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 12, 2020

Port Commission continues workshopping cruise ship fee changes, jet boat fees

The Wrangell Port Commission continued its discussion of increasing the fees they gather from visiting cruise ships last week, March 5. This has been an ongoing topic of discussion for the commission...

 

Basketball state tournament postponed

The Alaska School Activities Association announced on Wednesday that Alaska's state high school basketball and cheer championships have been postponed until further notice due to concerns over the... Full story

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 5, 2020

Alaska Crossings preparing for another year of helping youth

Alaska Crossings, the behavioral health program, is gearing up for another season of helping kids in need. The program is geared towards teenagers who have struggles in their home life, or at school...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 5, 2020

Assembly holds follow-up on staffing questions, repeals fee schedule

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday, Feb. 25, to have a follow-up work session on staffing issues at the Irene Ingle Public Library and the Nolan Center. As covered in a Feb. 13 article of the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 5, 2020

Census, "Financial Cent$'' and home maintenance covered in THRHA workshop

The Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority held a workshop at the Nolan Center last week, to cover a variety of topics. The group brought together members of Wrangell's native community, and...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 5, 2020

Ideas for saving money tossed around in school budget workshop

The Wrangell School Board held a work session Monday night to discuss next year's budget. The district is currently undergoing its budget season, looking at the financial year for 2021. The current...

 

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