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 By Caroleine James    News    December 7, 2022 

Borough moves toward price cut for former hospital property

The borough assembly is moving toward lowering the asking price for the former Wrangell hospital by almost half and hiring a real estate agent to sell the property. The assembly at its Nov. 22 meeting accepted an ordinance to reduce the asking price...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    December 7, 2022 

Point Baker resident survives 24 hours on rock after boating accident

After a boating accident near Point Baker last week, former Wrangell resident Kelsey Leak spent 24 hours on West Rock before being rescued by a fishing boat. Her boyfriend, 27-year-old Arne Dahl has n...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 7, 2022 

WCA member households eligible for $2,000 in pandemic aid

Tribal members of the Wrangell Cooperative Association are eligible to receive funding from another round of COVID-19 federal pandemic relief under the American Rescue Plan Act. The WCA is accepting applications through Dec. 16 to distribute $2,000...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 7, 2022 

Senior repairs the bears from all the wear and tear

Cassady Cowan had a grand plan for her senior project to bring some vibrancy to Wrangell. Although her original plan didn't float, her backup plan bears repeating. When Cowan, 17, was trying to...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    December 7, 2022 

Federal money will help expand tribal broadband network in Southeast

Next year, Wrangell will become the first community with access to Tidal Network, the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s new broadband internet service. And thanks to a recent influx of federal funding, other...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    December 7, 2022 

Transboundary river protectors seek recognition by British Columbia

A Southeast advocacy group dedicated to protecting the transboundary rivers that flow from Canada through Alaska to the sea want the British Columbia government to work with Alaska Indigenous people on mine permits the same as tribal members on the...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    December 7, 2022 

No congressional earmarks proposed for Wrangell in federal budget

Sen. Lisa Murkowski has requested $490 million for more than 130 Alaska projects in congressional appropriations bills under consideration in Congress. None of the money would be headed to Wrangell, though the community could benefit indirectly from...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    December 7, 2022 

Organizers bring back holiday potluck after pandemic hiatus

Residents will gather for a “Christ-moose” potluck at the Nolan Center at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 to celebrate the holiday season through food and fellowship. All are welcome to the free event, which will feature moose meat prepared by Jake Harris of...

 

Economic report says Wrangell's future could go either way

Readers can find both an optimistic view and gloomy numbers in the borough’s annual economic conditions report, issued last month. “With some of the lowest electrical rates in Alaska, the highest school district test scores, the potential to...

 

One safe and one missing after boat accident near Point Baker

Former Wrangell residents Kelsey Leak and Arne Dahl were involved in a boating accident late Sunday afternoon. By mid-afternoon Monday, Leak had been picked up by a nearby fishing vessel. As of... Full story

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 30, 2022

Wrangell students score higher than state average on assessment tests

Statewide assessment test scores have been released by the Alaska Department of Education, and the results are not good. In English language arts, 70% of students tested were not proficient. In math, 77% were not proficient. In science, 62% were not...

 

WCA to offer free food preservation classes in early December

Next month, Sarah Lewis of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Extension Service will help Wrangell residents develop the skills they need to ride out the dark winter days, from preserving delicious foods to reducing those shocking seasonal energy...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 30, 2022

Trip energizes T3 Alliance students to make a difference at home and across the country

Three students traveled to Boise, Idaho, earlier this month for a gathering of young minds that could shape not only their futures but the future of Wrangell and beyond. Members of the Teaching...

 

SEARHC plans COVID booster vaccination clinics for Dec. 9 and 16

Residents are invited to reserve a spot at the Wrangell Medical Center’s COVID-19 booster vaccination clinics planned for Dec. 9 and 16. Though infection rates in Wrangell and across Alaska have declined this fall, health officials are advising...

 

Local vessel operators willing to contract with borough for shuttle service

Wrangell vessel owners who already shuttle passengers and freight around southern Southeast said they would be willing to contract with the borough for service to Petersburg and Coffman Cove, rather than see the borough subsidize a return of the more...

 

Audit suggests borough adopt rate evaluation plan for future utility expenses

Despite recent rate hikes, the borough’s user fees are still insufficient to fully cover future big-ticket infrastructure costs, according to the audit of last year’s municipal finances. At a Nov. 15 assembly work session, Finance Director Mason...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 30, 2022

District launches STOPit reporting system to combat bullying

The Wrangell School District has taken another step toward curbing harassment by using modern technology. Earlier this month, the district installed the STOPit system on electronic devices to make it easier for students and staff to anonymously...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 30, 2022

Students create ornaments for downtown Christmas tree

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, thanks to Evergreen Elementary School students. Last Wednesday, students in every grade level had an opportunity to create ornaments for this year's commun...

 

Theater returns

Top photo, from left: Kastle Powers, Silje Morse, Brogan Booker, Alana Harrison, Clara Carney, Amura Roaher and Mariah Carney, as the Von Trapp children, listen to Sarah Scambler, playing Maria, as...

 

The fun before the feast

Rolland Wimberley has a bear of a time running the Wrangell Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Wimberley, along with many others, ran and walked the Volunteer Park Nature Trail loop three times to...

 

School districts hope for more state funding next year

School districts statewide, including Wrangell, will be looking to the Legislature next year for an increase in state funding, but any boost in the state’s per-pupil formula likely will depend in large part on oil revenues and also Permanent Fund...

 

Borough will install additional public restrooms downtown next spring

Next year, Wrangell will be home to a hot new tourist attraction — public restrooms. Portable facilities will appear downtown in the late spring to meet tourist demand and to reduce the strain on area businesses. “We’re looking at doing some...

 

Borough to seek community input on 6-Mile mill site development

In the Oct. 4 municipal election, Wrangell voters authorized the borough to sell or lease the 6-Mile mill site, a 39-acre parcel of land on Zimovia Highway. As they explore options for developing the land, borough officials will seek community...

 

Rushmore to retire as borough economic development director

Soon after Carol Rushmore stepped into her role as economic development director in 1993, Wrangell’s economic landscape changed forever. The sawmill, which had been the borough’s economic mainstay since the mid-1950s, shut down, setting off a...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 23, 2022

Silver Liningz to close next month after nearly six years

On Dec. 17, a downtown shop will turn off the open sign for good. Silver Liningz Boutique is closing after nearly six years in business, leaving customers to find their sassy fashions somewhere else....

 

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