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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 10, 2019 

Assembly swears in new officials

With the final votes tallied by the canvass board earlier that morning, the Wrangell Borough Assembly met last Thursday, Oct. 3, to confirm this year's local election. There were several positions...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 10, 2019 

80,000 minute goal for Evergreen Elementary Read-A-Thon

Kicking off last Monday, Oct. 7, Evergreen Elementary School has begun a Read-A-Thon to see if their student body can spend a total of 80,000 minutes reading. This would be roughly 55 and a half days...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 10, 2019 

Operation Christmas Child this Saturday

This Saturday, Oct. 12, the Wrangell Ministerial Association will be holding an Operation Christmas Child event. The annual program, operated by the Christian organization Samaritan's Purse, sends...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 10, 2019 

Parks and Rec discusses commercial trail use, begin brainstorming HOP event

The Wrangell Parks and Recreation Advisory Board met last Wednesday, Oct. 2, to discuss the increasing use of trails and parks by tour groups, as well as beginning to lay the groundwork for the next...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 10, 2019 

Tyee Lake 60' above year-ago water levels

The water level at Tyee Lake was at 1,344.9 feet on Sept. 30, which is roughly 60 feet higher than it was this time last year. As part of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency, Tyee Lake dedicates its...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 10, 2019 

Bones of beached whale collected

Monday, Oct. 7, members of the Forest Service and high school oceanography students, boated over to the east side of Wrangell, near Channel Island, to retrieve the remains of a gray whale that washed...

 

New monitors aim to help detect landslides in Alaska town

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – New technology distributed in an Alaska community is expected to help detect and study conditions that lead to landslides, a researcher said. The landslide detection system in Sitka will monitor soil moisture levels and help...

 

Yellow cedar trees denied for US threatened species listing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A federal agency has rejected an iconic Alaska tree for listing as a threatened species due to climate warming. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that...

 

Alaska alcohol control board takes step to oust director

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s alcohol regulatory board has voted to oust its director, though the law also gives the state’s marijuana regulatory board a say. The boards share Erika McConnell as director. The Marijuana Control Board this...

 

Body of missing man found

The body of a hunter who went missing this morning after his skiff capsized in Duncan Canal has been found, according Amanda Norcross, a spokesperson with the United States Coast Guard. The man was... Full story

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 3, 2019

SE Conference sets future priorities, plans to visit Wrangell in 2021

Southeast Conference, a regional organization consisting of 185 member organizations and people, was founded in 1958 to help promote the creation of the Alaska Marine Highway. On top of promoting the...

 

Preliminary election results

A total of 365 ballots were cast on Wrangell's election day, Oct.1, plus an additional 40 absentee ballots. There were several positions up for election on the borough assembly, school board and port...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 3, 2019

Changes made to Washington state sales tax exemptions for Alaskans

For many years, Alaskans have enjoyed a special sales tax exemption in the state of Washington. One Petersburg resident explained that when traveling in Washington, Alaska residents could show their...

 

Moose numbers above five-year average

This year's moose harvest looks to be above the five- year average with the moose count at 64 just 17 days into the season. Between 2014 and 2018, the average moose count for this time of the season w...

 

Correction

In last week’s edition, we reported that Wrangell’s two new generators were purchased from the city of Nome. According to Assembly Member Jim DeBord, the generators were given to the borough. Wrangell only paid for shipping and... Full story

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 3, 2019

Deteriorating batteries at Tyee facility to be replaced

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency Board approved $97,750 to replace the backup battery bank at the Tyee Lake hydro facility at a regular board meeting last Thursday. Early last month, Petersburg and...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 3, 2019

PACE holds meet and greet in Wrangell last week

PACE, the statewide homeschool program, held a meet and greet at the Stikine Inn last Wednesday, Sept. 25. Jen Whicker, a contact teacher for PACE, said that the program has been around since 2001...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 3, 2019

WCA hands out "Healthy Is Here" funding to local organizations

The Wrangell Cooperative Association held an award ceremony at Wrangell High School Monday evening, Sept. 30. Tribal Administrator Esther Ashton, along with several members of the WCA board,...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 3, 2019

Wrangell Medical Center's Cathy Gross honored with quality and safety award

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Wrangell Medical Center’s (WMC) Cathy Gross, Registered Health Information Technician and WMC Performance Improvement Manager, has been named the 2019 winner of the Front-line Staff Outstanding...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 3, 2019

School superintendent shares lessons learned from statewide conference

While the role of superintendent is always busy, it has been especially so for Debbe Lancaster this past week. Lancaster, superintendent of the Wrangell Public School District, recently attended the...

 

New generator moved into power plant

The Wrangell Municipal Light & Power Department spent most of their day last Thursday, Sept. 19, moving one of their new generators into the power plant. Wrangell recently purchased two...

 

Assembly considers joining tax authority, discusses overpaid property tax refund

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a work session on top of their regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 24. The work session was to discuss the Alaska Municipal Sales Tax Authority, a statewide entity that...

 

Wrangell supports its newest resident

Sabina Schlotzhauer, at one month old, is one of Wrangell's newest residents. Born to Kassee and Curtis Schlotzhauer, Sabina is facing some medical issues. Kassee said in a Facebook message that...

 

Meet the Candidates:

The City and Borough Assembly: Three Year Tearm Julie Decker is seeking re-election to the Wrangell Borough Assembly for a three-year term. There are several reasons she wants to sit for another term...

 

School board reviews PEAKS test results, ponders on changes to grade scale

The Wrangell School Board met early Monday evening, Sept. 23, to hold a work session on the results of the recent PEAKS tests. The Performance Evaluation for Alaska's Schools is an annual test that,...

 

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