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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    December 13, 2018 

City welcomes holiday season with Midnight Madness

It was cold, the evening of Dec. 7, and at times rainy. That did not deter many Wrangell residents from coming out for Midnight Madness, however. Midnight Madness has been a Wrangell tradition for...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    December 13, 2018 

City goes dark during brief power outage

The City of Wrangell was thrown into darkness for about forty-five minutes the evening of Nov. 6. At about 4:45 p.m., power to the city went out. Several buildings were able to keep their lights on...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    December 13, 2018 

Parks and Rec board discusses ping-pong, strategic planning workshop

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board met on the evening of Wed., Dec. 5. It was the first meeting for two new members of the board, Annya Ritchie and Keeleigh Morelli. One of the first items on...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    December 13, 2018 

Assembly workshops legislative priorities, discusses drug abuse

It was a busy night for the Wrangell Borough Assembly Wednesday. State Representative Dan Ortiz came to town to be a part of a workshop with city leaders over what Wrangell’s legislative priorities for 2019 would be. A draft document was provided...

 

REAL ID compliance coming soon

The Alaska DMV is working to reach compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s website, the act sets a minimum standard for identifying documents, such as a driver’s license or a passport. Marla...

 

Christmas Tree Lane raising funds for the Wrangell Hospice

Anybody who has visited the Nolan Center in the past few weeks has seen all of its holiday decorations. While the numerous lights and other decorations are nice to look at, what may stand out to most...

 

Earthquake-weary Alaskans still grappling with damage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Life was beginning to return to normal Monday in Alaska following the powerful earthquake near Anchorage, but people nervous about aftershocks were still grappling with damage that closed public buildings and schools, clogg...

 

Poetry and stories at second Riverflats open mic night

The Nolan Center hosted its second Riverflats Open Mic Night last Thursday. The event, organized by Community Roots, is meant to be a place for Wrangell residents to enjoy poetry, music, stories, or any talent they feel like sharing. It was a...

 

Elks hosting annual Hoop Shoot this Saturday

The Hoop Shoot, a children’s basketball free throw contest hosted by the Elks, will be hosted at the community gym this Saturday. Jeff Jabusch, local director of the contest, said that the annual event was started in the 1940s for younger children...

 

Native stories at Baby Raven Reads this Saturday

Baby Raven Reads is a program sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute giving native children an opportunity to learn about their history and culture through stories, activities, and music,...

 

Cheerleaders help SEARHC clean up cigarettes

Several high school cheerleaders and their coach, Stephanie Cartwright, helped SEARHC Health Educator Tammi Meissner clean cigarette butts off of Front Street last week for the Great American...

 

New Nolan Center logo first step in larger revamping

The Nolan Center recently unveiled their new logo. Cyni Crary, director of the Nolan Center, said that when she took the job she wanted to work on some rebranding. She said she wanted a more modern,...

 

Signup for Christmas baskets ends this week

The Wrangell Salvation Army has been handing out Christmas baskets since its inception in the 1960s, according to Maj. Jennifer Bates. She knows for a fact they have done them for the past three...

 

Jessica Whitaker, coach of the Lady Wolves, to retire

Jessica Whitaker started playing volleyball in the sixth grade. She fell out of the sport after graduating from Wrangell High School in 2003, she attended college in Colorado, but came back to...

 

Assembly votes to remove invocation, proposes alternative

A little over a month ago, the Alaska Supreme Court made a ruling that found a part of the municipal code of the Borough of Kenai Peninsula to be unconstitutional. The code required an invocation be given before an assembly meeting could take place....

 

Thanksgiving dinner hosted at Harbor Light Church

Harbor Light Church was filled with people and the smell of turkey last Sunday night. The church hosted a Thanksgiving dinner that was free and open to the public. Thanksgiving dinners at the church...

 

School board discusses summit, index score, school security policy

The Wrangell school board met last Thursday, Nov. 15 to discuss various policy updates and to hear reports from various board members and staff about a school health and wellbeing summit in Anchorage, which was held this past September. The...

 

Salvation Army prepares for 2018 Christmas Kettle

Red Salvation Army Christmas kettles are almost as iconic of Christmas as trees or carolers. Every winter, around shops and street corners across America, volunteers will stand in the cold with a red...

 

BRAVE shows "Resilience" at high school

Wrangell organization BRAVE held a film screening of "Resilience" at the high school last Saturday night. "Resilience" is a sequel to "Paper Tigers," another documentary shown by BRAVE on the subject...

 

UAS literary journal calls for submissions from Southeast Alaskans

The University of Alaska Southeast has called for all residents of Southeast Alaska to submit their creative talents to this year’s edition of “Tidal Echoes,” the college’s literary and art journal. The journal seeks to showcase and support...

 

HONOR ROLL

WRANGELL HIGH SCHOOL – 1st Quarter Principal’s Honor Roll (4.0) Jacob Allen, Abigail Armstrong, Elizabeth Armstrong, Jimmy Baggen, Madison Blackburn, Riley Blatchley, Liana Carney, Aria Chase, Helen Decker, Kaylyn Easterly, Abigail Gerald, Jacob...

 

Governor's Christmas tree coming from the Wrangell Forest Service District

Students at Evergreen Elementary School have spent the past few days making Christmas ornaments. Some students drew pictures of Alaskan wildlife, others made miniature wreaths, and another class made...

 

Tlingit language changing as new words coined for modern era

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ The Tlingit language is still changing, as new words are coined for the modern, technological age. The Capital City Weekly reports that newly coined words need to be spread and catch on to be widely used. Often, words are...

 

Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving

The Turkey Trot has been a Wrangell tradition for seven years, according to Lucy Robinson with Southeast Beasts. She said that it’s a fun way of starting off Thanksgiving day, and to get the...

 

Department seeks to adapt amid climate change in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP)­– The Alaska transportation department is changing how it maintains roads as the state feels the effects of climate change. Alaska’s Energy Desk reports climate change has made it harder and more expensive to keep up. There...

 

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