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

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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

Homeowners Karen Ellingstad and Fred Triem took down the home at 1011 Wrangell Avenue in 2014.

The legal battle continues over a demolished home on Wrangell Avenue in Petersburg. The structure was taken down in 2014 after the borough declared it a dangerous home. The owners of the home are appealing last year’s court ruling in favor of the Petersburg borough and have filed another suit challenging borough staff visits to the property in preparation for demolition. more

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Five-o-clock Thursday was the deadline for local candidates to file for city and borough office. Here's a wrap-up on who is running for which seats. more

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Without any challenger for his seat this October, Petersburg borough mayor Mark Jensen will be continuing on in that role for another three years. The 60-year-old welder and commercial fisherman has been mayor of the borough since the start of the new expanded municipality in January of 2013. Before that he served on the council for the city of Petersburg and filled in for as city mayor when needed. more

Statewide News

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, August 25, 2016

Following hold on previous administrative order, CFEC to keep most of its functions; report ponders future of University of Alaska athletics; former Bethel PO Andrew Reid sentenced; victim's sister speaks up about lasting trauma; grounded by fog, would-be travelers watch Huna Tribal House festivities from afar; Kenai Borough Assembly keeps invocation, hears from deeply divided residents; police funding concerns intertwine with Fairbanks mayoral race; Alaska State Fair kicks off its 80th birthday in Palmer Listen now More

Following hold on previous administrative order, CFEC to keep most of its functions

The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission will keep most of its functions for now, after commission supporters fought to protect it from losing certain duties to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Listen now More

Grounded by fog, would-be travelers watch Huna Tribal House festivities from afar

Hundreds of people gathered Thursday at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to celebrate the opening of a newly completed Huna Tribal House and the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. 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

LISTEN: Maine's Governor Unleashes Obscenities On Lawmaker Who Criticized Him

Maine Rep. Drew Gattine said it was unhelpful when Gov. Paul LePage made "racially charged" statements. In response, LePage told Gattine, "I am after you" — along with much more vulgar remarks. More

Judge In Stanford Sex Assault Case Is Transferring To Civil Court

Judge Aaron Persky's controversial six-month jail sentence for a former Stanford student convicted of sexual assaulting an unconscious woman continues to cast a shadow over his deliberations. More

Guess How Many Zika Cases Showed Up At The Olympics?

Before the games, computer scientists weren't worried about the spread of Zika. But some public health experts were. What does the data show? More