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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 11, 2018 

Borough assembly certifies October 2 election

The city and borough assembly of Wrangell held a special meeting last Thursday to certify the election that took place on Oct. 2. The election saw votes cast for a new mayor, several open positions on...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 11, 2018 

Over 200 shoeboxes packed for Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is an annual event put on by Samaritan's Purse, a Christian nonprofit that works to provide "spiritual and physical aid" to people around the world. The operation works to...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 11, 2018 

P&Z commission approves final plats for Wrangell Medical Center, new hospital

The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission held a special meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 3. It was a short meeting, with only two final plats to be approved. The first plat was of the Wrangell Medical Center subdivision. The commission explained that,...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 11, 2018 

School board holds first post-election meeting

The Wrangell School Board held its first meeting since the local election on Oct. 2. The election saw two people, Aaron Angerman and Annya Ritchie, become new members of the board. Board member...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 11, 2018 

Wrestling team holds fundraiser dinner

The Nolan Center was packed last Saturday night as people from all across Wrangell came together to support the high school wrestling team. The team had put together a halibut dinner to raise funds...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 11, 2018 

Family resilience fair brings together local resources for those in need

BRAVE is a Wrangell-based organization that works to connect people with resources to help themselves and their families. Their work was put on display last Tuesday night at the Nolan Center as a...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 11, 2018 

Block grant program, Howell resignation discussed in assembly meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday night for its regularly scheduled meeting. A public hearing was held to discuss the city’s application for funding through the Community Development Block Grant program. Economic Development Director Carol...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 4, 2018

Von Bargen named to Southeast Conference Board

Lisa Von Bargen, Wrangell's city manager, has recently been elected to sit on the board of directors of Southeast Conference. Southeast Conference was originally founded in 1958 as a network of...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 4, 2018

Preliminary election results

With polls closing at 8 p.m. Tuesday night, preliminary results for Wrangell’s city election have come in. The election saw seats open for the positions of mayor, the borough assembly, school board, port commission, and hospital board. Also on the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 4, 2018

A Piece of Kake:

Southeast Conference held its 60th annual meeting last month in Ketchikan. The conference is a gathering of municipalities, businesses, nonprofits, and other interests across Southeast Alaska for the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 4, 2018

Petersburg post office reopens following week long shut down

PETERSBURG ­– After mercury leaked out of a package at the Petersburg Post Office and closed the facility for just over a week, the post office reopened September 28. "[Post office staff] handled it great and they adapted to the changes as...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 4, 2018

Nolan Center takes on new facility manager

Jennie Ridgeway said she fell in love with Wrangell when she came to town while visiting her daughter, who moved to the area. She came up here from Knoxville, Tennessee, where she had lived since 1992...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 4, 2018

Petersburg hospital board votes to invest up to $1.5 million

PETERSBURG – The Petersburg Medical Center board of directors passed a motion on Sept. 19 to invest up to $1.5 million at the CFO and CEO’s discretion in bonds and treasuries. The decision came at the suggestion of hospital CFO Doran Hammett. He...

 

Juneau airport awarded $10M federal grant for improvements

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP)– The Juneau International Airport will receive nearly $10 million in federal transportation grant money that it will use to address “serious life safety hazards.’’ KTOO-FM reports the Juneau airport was one of the 37...

 

Bear, cubs kill an Alaska worker at remote silver mine

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A female bear and her two cubs mauled and killed a young man working at a remote mine site on a southeast Alaska island with one of the highest bear densities in the state,...

 

State wants lawsuit challenging bonding proposal dismissed

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A judge said Monday he wants both sides to submit additional briefs before deciding whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to pay Alaska’s oil and gas tax credit...

 

BRAVE to host Family Resilience Fair on Oct. 9

BRAVE, the Wrangell organization advocating for stronger community relationships, will be hosting a Family Resilience Fair on Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nolan Center. According to volunteer Maleah Wenzel, the fair is meant to provide Wrangell...

 

Alaska Sprouts holds first teen night

Alaska Sprouts Seeds of Change, the Wrangell organization dedicated to the community's youth, held its first "teen night" last Saturday night. The event was held at the old community gym, starting at...

 

"Strength of spirit" boys' program to help build community values

Maleah Wenzel said that she is not a stranger to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Growing up in Wrangell, she said she had an abusive father and a mother with a drug addiction. Her mother...

 

Fatal wreck at 6.5 mile

On the night of Sept. 19, at approximately 8 p.m., a single vehicle on Zimovia Highway was in an accident near 6.5 mile. According to Chief Doug McCloskey, with the Wrangell Police Department, there were two occupants in the vehicle. The wreck was...

 

Elementary classroom receives grant for breakfast food

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as the saying goes. At Evergreen Elementary, thanks in part to a grant from the Alaska Native Sisterhood Association, Mikki Angerman's kindergarten cla...

 

Richard Gilewitz performs at Nolan Center

Richard Gilewitz has been playing guitar for about 44 years, and has been touring for 34. He said that he has been to 49 states and 14 countries. Last Tuesday night Gilewitz made a visit to Alaska...

 

Mya DeLong announces candidacy for borough assembly

Another write-in candidate for the Wrangell borough assembly has announced their candidacy for the Oct. 2 election. Mya DeLong said in an email that she was asked to run by several "concerned...

 

Forest service holds meeting on Roadless Rule

In 2001, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a nationwide regulation on the management of roadless areas in national forests across the country. The “Roadless Rule,” as it’s known, generally prohibits timber harvesting and road...

 

Assembly discusses "Stand With Salmon" ballot measure

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday night to discuss Ballot Measure 1, better known as the “Stand With Salmon” measure. This state measure is on the ballot in Alaska this year, and could have a large effect on Wrangell, as well as many...

 

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