Governor honors Wrangell in State of the State speech


February 7, 2024

Grant Robinson / Office of the Governor

Wrangell Mayor Patty Gilbert was the governor's guest at his State of the State address Jan. 30 in Juneau. Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced Gilbert, who was sitting in the gallery during the joint session of the state House and Senate.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy invited Mayor Patty Gilbert to attend his State of the State speech at the Capitol on Jan. 30, introducing her during his annual address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature.

His remarks follow:

"This past fall, just before Thanksgiving, tough times came to Wrangell. On the evening of Nov. 20, a massive 450-foot-wide landslide engulfed homes, blocked the road and cut off power lines.

"Despite the wind, the rain, the cold and the dark, the community sprang into action. Fishermen maneuvered their boats to cast light onto the disaster area. Volunteers and first respo...

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