Monthly Archives: May 2008
The city council of Wrangell may be heading in a different direction than the Thomas Bay Power Authority, the entity which operates Tyee Lake for both Wrangell and Petersburg. The Wrangell council continues to lean towards signing a confidentiality and non-circumvention agreement with private company Cascade Creek. Meanwhile, the Thomas Bay Power Commission wants Petersburg and Wrangell to consider developing a hydropower project on their own.
The city council approved extending Bob Prunella's contract as city manager until June 2009. During an open session of the city manager's evaluation, Prunella and the council discussed job performance and Prunella's future retirement.
Monday was the first day of the summer reading program at the Wrangell Public Library. The program lasts for eight weeks until July 26 and culminates in a pool pizza party. With hundreds of books to choose from and 140 prize drawings to enter, the summer reading program has proven again and again to be a fun way for kids to spend the season.
Representatives from both the city councils of Petersburg and Kake were in Wrangell on Wednesday night to attend the city council workshop on the possible four dam pool divestiture. The visiting representatives are concerned with Wrangell's potential involvement with Cascade Creek and Wrangell's direction on the divestiture.
The school board is holding a special meeting tonight to take action on an initiative that would provide students with laptops. This initiative would be established through a partnership with the Association of Alaska School Boards' Consortium for Digital Learning.
After 38 years of teaching, Wrangell high school teacher Patty Gilbert is retiring.
While Wrangell's Tyee Lake hydroelectric facility is conducting its annual shut down for maintenance, the city has to run on diesel generators. Since getting power from diesel generators is more costly than getting power from Tyee, the city implements a fuel surcharge to cover the difference.
Wrangell resident Clara Haley has been awarded a $5,000 individual artist project grant by the Rasmuson Foundation. The award will allow Haley the freedom to concentrate and develop her artistry as a traditional northwest coast cedar bark weaver.
Republican Gabrielle LeDoux represents Kodiak in the Alaska state legislature, and she's currently campaigning for Don Young's seat in the U.S. congress. In the past, she's spoken out on fisheries issues and benefits for Filipino vets, and she doesn't intend on stopping.
The senior center provides needed services, like rides and lunches, to Wrangell's population of residents age 60 and older. But in order to maintain the best services it can for seniors, the center needs help from the community.