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 By Caroleine James    News    November 22, 2023 

Highway reopens for limited hours, restricted use

Workers were able to clear out mud, trees and debris from the landslide zone to allow state and borough officials to reopen Zimovia Highway Tuesday morning for limited use. Initially, the two-lane road will be open for restricted hours: 8 to 8:30... Full story

 By Caroleine James    News    November 22, 2023 

Four dead, two missing after 11-Mile landslide covers homes

A massive landslide 11 miles from town destroyed three homes on Nov. 20 — including one that housed a five-member family — and stranded more than 70 residents who lived south of the slide. Timothy Heller, 44, Beth Heller, 36, Mara Heller, 16, and... Full story

 By Caroleine James    News    November 22, 2023 

Borough proposes auction, lottery system for Alder Top land sale

Borough staff presented their plan for selling the first 20 lots of the Alder Top Village (Keishangita.'aan) subdivision to the Economic Development Board and members of the public at a work session N...

 By Caroleine James    News    November 22, 2023 

Borough accepts grant to update street address system

A nearly $90,000 state grant will help the borough reinvent the community’s address system so that first responders, internet providers and residents are on the same page — or in this case, the same street. At present, Wrangell’s homes and...

 By Caroleine James    News    November 22, 2023 

Angerman to serve on National Environmental Youth Advisory Council

Alexandra Angerman of the Wrangell Cooperative Association is one of 16 young people who will serve on a nationwide committee advising the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on environmental...


Students gather with their favorite adults for Friendsgiving lunch

Tables and seats were organized for students and guests along the walls of the elementary school gym, with "Happy Friendsgiving 2023" coloring pages scattered on the tables, ready for crayons. The...


'Cinderella' ready to put best foot forward Dec. 9-10

As the Nolan Center community theater production of “Cinderella” prepares for shows the weekend of Dec. 9 and 10, director Haley Reeves has been delighted with the performance of cast and crew since rehearsals first began. “We’re miles from...

 By Caroleine James    News    November 22, 2023 

Small rental units near final step of approval process

Residents may soon be allowed to build small apartments on their properties for family members or to use as rentals. The assembly gave its initial approval to an ordinance that would let residents add rental units to their properties at its Nov. 14...


Unoccupied floathouse keels over at Inner Harbor

A vacant floathouse moored behind the Marine Bar at the Inner Harbor keeled over Nov. 14, around noon. An old boat tied up nearby also partially sank. Both belonged to an elderly resident who died...

 By Larry Persily    News    November 22, 2023 

Businesses look at working together to bring more shoppers downtown

Several store owners and managers are talking about the need to form a business association of some kind to work toward drawing more locals to shop downtown. Wrangell residents are spending an increasing amount of their dollars online, ordering from...

 By Caroleine James    News    November 22, 2023 

Borough adjusts Mount Dewey project to fit within budget

Borough officials successfully negotiated down the cost of the Mount Dewey trail extension with the project’s only bidder to keep the work within budget. The assembly approved the contract at its Nov. 14 meeting after staff and the contractor cut...

 By Larry Persily    News    November 22, 2023 

SEARHC provides sign-up help with Affordable Care Act insurance

A SEARHC patient benefits staffer will be in Wrangell Monday through Thursday, Nov. 27-30, to assist people who have questions about health insurance and need help signing up for low-cost coverage through the Affordable Care Act federally operated...

 By Larry Persily    News    November 22, 2023 

Hospice organizes pair of annual holiday events

Groups and individuals can bring their decorated holiday trees to the Nolan Center this weekend for the Hospice of Wrangell annual Christmas Tree Lane fundraiser. The only rules are no real trees — only artificial ones to avoid any fire risk at...

 By Tess Williams    News    November 22, 2023 

Coast Guard crew rescued from crash near Petersburg

The U.S. Coast Guard said two of four crew members injured in a helicopter crash near Petersburg during a search and rescue mission late at night Nov. 13 have been released from the hospital. The...


Sitka assembly uses sales tax revenues to give $300 to every utility customer

The Sitka assembly has approved a one-time payment of $300 to all residential utility customers, spending more than $1 million of the city’s higher-than-expected sales tax haul this past fiscal year. The ordinance passed on a 5-2 vote on Nov. 14....

 By Iris Samuels    News    November 22, 2023 

Lt. Gov. Dahlstrom running for U.S. House against Peltola

Alaska Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom is running for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House, challenging Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola in the 2024 election. In her campaign announcement on Nov. 14, Dahlstrom dubbed herself “a conservative Republican, law...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 22, 2023 

Alaska's minimum wage will go to $11.73 on Jan. 1

Alaska’s minimum wage will increase on Jan. 1 from $10.85 to $11.73 an hour, in accordance with a law put in place by a 2014 citizen initiative, the state Department of Labor announced. The law mandates regular increases in the minimum wage to... Full story

 By Claire Stremple    News    November 22, 2023 

State may lower minimum age for prison guards to 18

The state council that sets and enforces standards for employment, training and certification of law enforcement officers in Alaska has approved a proposal to lower the minimum age of state prison guards from 21 to 18 years old. The proposal requires...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 22, 2023 

State forecasts 2024 Bristol Bay sockeye run to decline from recent record highs

After recent years of record or near-record runs and harvests, Bristol Bay sockeye salmon numbers are expected to return to more average levels next year, according to state biologists. The 2024 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run is expected to total 39... Full story

 By Caroleine James    News    November 22, 2023 

Three dead, three still missing after 11-Mile landslide covers homes

One juvenile female and two adults are confirmed dead after a massive landslide 11 miles from town covered three homes on Monday night. Three people — one adult and two juveniles — were still miss... Full story


Community responds with food, shelter and crisis counseling after landslide tragedy

Multiple resources are responding Tuesday to help people affected by the massive landslide at 11-Mile on Monday night that killed at least one person, with five others still missing. The growing list... Full story

 By Larry Persily    News    November 22, 2023 

State releases names of landslide dead and missing

State officials today released the names of the three people killed and three others still missing from the Monday night landslide at 11-Mile Zimovia Highway. Searchers have found the bodies of Timothy Heller, 44, his wife, Beth Heller, 36, and... Full story


Advisory committee supports proposal to protect commercial king harvest share

Members of the Wrangell Fish and Game Advisory Committee are concerned about the future of commercial salmon fishing as Alaska’s tourism industry continues to expand, bringing in more non-resident fishers on charter trips. The advisory committee...


Lecture shares bombardment history, calls for formal reconciliation

In a livestreamed lecture sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute, ethnohistorian Zachary Jones presented on the U.S. military's 19th century attacks on the Tlingit villages of Kaachxhaan.áak'w,...


Schools will celebrate holidays with concerts, art walk

The Wrangell School District has a packed schedule of events as it heads into the holiday season. On Friday, Nov. 17, Evergreen Elementary School will hold its annual “Friendsgiving” lunch, where students can invite an adult friend to share a...


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