As new school year begins, Wrangell schools absorb $51,000 in cuts As new school year begins, Wrangell schools absorb $51,000 in cuts

As new school year begins, Wrangell schools absorb $51,000 in cuts

Thursday begins a new school year in Wrangell, and as it begins, the Wrangell school district is absorbing $51,000 in education cuts. Gov. Bill Walker made $48 million in cuts to education funding earlier this year, resulting in a $51,000 loss for the Wrangell school district. Superintendent Patrick Mayer said the school budgeted for the $33,000 cut to base student allocati … more

Tax-free days remain and hospital moves forward on housing grant Tax-free days remain and hospital moves forward on housing grant

Tax-free days remain and hospital moves forward on housing grant

Wrangell will continue to have two tax-free days this fiscal year. The Wrangell Assembly voted down an ordinance that would have eliminated one of two tax-free days at its regular meeting Tuesday. Assembly member Mark Mitchell said merchants have expressed concern over losing one of Wrangell’s busiest shopping days and losing more business to internet retailers as a result … more

Few declare candidacy for local elections Few declare candidacy for local elections

Few declare candidacy for local elections

The window to declare candidacy in Wrangell’s local elections is coming to a close in 13 days, and some open seats have no candidates. The Wrangell Borough Assembly and Port Commission have two three-year terms open. No candidates are running for those seats. Mayor David L. Jack is up for reelection and is running unopposed. Two hospital board seat candidates, Barbara Conine, and Wrangell school … more

Wrangell’s marine service center, 10 years of success Wrangell’s marine service center, 10 years of success

Wrangell's marine service center, 10 years of success

Wrangell has been reinventing itself as a maritime community since the collapse of the timber industry in the early ‘90s. In November 2006, the community’s marine service center lifted its first boat out of the water. Now, 10 years later, more than 2,000 boats have been hauled out, and Wrangell’s boatyard keeps piling on the reasons for its success. document.createElement('audio'); htt … more

WCA and Tlingit Haida Central Council’s backpack giveaway readies kids for school year WCA and Tlingit Haida Central Council’s backpack giveaway readies kids for school year

WCA and Tlingit Haida Central Council's backpack giveaway readies kids for school year

The Wrangell Cooperative Association and Tlingit Haida Central Council have partnered for another year of backpack giveaways for families in need. The Council’s program serves 16 communities throughout Southeast Alaska, giving away about 2,000 backpacks. WCA partnered with the Council to give away a portion of those backpacks in Wrangell. Tribal Admini … more

Local News

As new school year begins, Wrangell schools absorb $51,000 in cuts

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Thursday begins a new school year in Wrangell, and as it begins, the Wrangell school district is absorbing $51,000 in education cuts. Gov. Bill Walker made $48 million in cuts to education funding earlier this year, resulting in a $51,000 … more
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Tax-free days remain and hospital moves forward on housing grant

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Wrangell will continue to have two tax-free days this fiscal year. The Wrangell Assembly voted down an ordinance that would have eliminated one of two tax-free days at its regular meeting Tuesday. Assembly member Mark Mitchell said merchants have expressed … more
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Tribal assistance, job programs lose funds

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Southeast Alaska’s regional tribal government is temporarily ending programs that provide food, clothing and shelter to its most needy clients. more
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Borough Assembly Meeting

Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting 8-23-16

City and Borough of Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting AGENDA August 23, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.            Location: Assembly Chambers, City Hall 1. CALL TO ORDER a. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE led by Assembly Member David Powell b. … more
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Southeast News

Two Sitkans were indicted last Friday (8-19-16) on felony charges involving weapons. 32-year old Brandon D. Ledbetter was charged for stabbing a man in the leg in a bar fight. 32-year old Walter Boyd allegedly stole a handgun from a boat in Sealing Cove Harbor. more

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)

The Alaska Mental Health Trust took its first step toward logging Ketchikan’s iconic Deer Mountain, along with a parcel in Petersburg. more

Bob Kindred

Jazz saxophonist Bob Kindred died August 15th in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 76. Kindred was well known in the Ketchikan jazz community, performing at First City Players Jazz and Cabaret Festival for more than a dozen years. more

Statewide News

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Consultant: Alaska LNG project not feasible without major changes; three votes separate candidates in Arctic House race; municipal sales tax could dive due to Walker’s PFD veto; crews begin efforts to protect Butte, Old Glenn Highway; paratroopers dot the skies over Fort Richardson; several new species of snailfish discovered on Bering seafloor; tribal leader optimistic after State Department, EPA meeting; Kenai marijuana operations in hands of the assembly; weather balloons help solve climate puzzle in Alaska; Barry Zevan: My Life Among the Giants Listen now More

Several new species of snailfish discovered on Bering seafloor

While trawling the floor of the Bering Sea and the Aleutian region, scientists have discovered several new species of fish – snailfish. Some were only named last year. Researchers were not looking for them, the trawl was a part of a yearly stock assessment by the federal government that help set quotas for fisheries. Listen now More

Municipal sales tax could dive due to Walker’s PFD veto

Local governments in Alaska that charge a sales tax could have millions of dollars less in revenue this year. Listen now More

Community Focused Programming

Wrangell’s Recreation and Road Report

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Each week Corree Delabrue from the Wrangell Ranger District provides information on road conditions, logging traffic, recreational reminders, nature observations and more. This is Wrangell's Recreation and Road Report for August 23rd through 30th. more
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Wrangell’s Tlingit Phrase of the Week

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Tlingit Phrase of the Week is a project launched to help with the survival and renewal of the Tlingit language in Wrangell. Each phrase speaks to Wrangell's seasons and the Tlingit way of life. In the month of August, we're seining for cohos. more
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National News

All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds?

The share of multiracial children in America has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years. It's a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans like me. More

FARC Rebels, Colombian Government Sign Historic Peace Treaty

The guerrilla war between Marxist rebels and Colombia's government has stretched on for more than half a century. Now the two sides have met in Havana to sign a peace agreement. More

Parsing The 'Free' In Free Community College

A new report shows that covering tuition for community college means very different things in different states. More