A new business is poised to open in Wrangell and this one is for the ladies. It's a place to be pampered, polished, and preened. Located in the Stikine Inn, this new business looks out towards the summer float - a perfect place to sit back, relax, and let someone else do the work. KSTK's Lisa Phu went down to the new shop, where finishing touches are still ongoing, and spoke to the woman behind the business.
Wrangell Medical Center CEO Noel Rae has been actively looking for potential sites for a new health care center. The site would house all the health care available in Wrangell, including all the facilities of the Wrangell Medical Center and Alaska Island Community Services. At least five acres will be needed for space requirements as well as room for expansion. The search was narrowed down to four sites and a recent study presented to the borough assembly Tuesday night reveals which one is best suited for development.
Despite some strong objections from a couple of members, the Wrangell borough assembly moved forward Tuesday night and agreed to sign the non-disclosure, non-circumvention agreement with private company Cascade Creek, LLC.
Tlingit artist Doug Chilton recently finished carving a traditional red cedar canoe in April, and last week skippered it down the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Commissioned by the Sealaska Heritage Institute for the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Chilton's canoe will hang in the soon-to-be-opened Ocean Hall.
As part of the Fourth of July events, Wrangellites can once again look forward to gravity car races taking place on Tuesday, July 1. This is an event to show of craftsmanship, creativity, and most importantly, speed.
The Appraisal Company of Alaska has a big job coming up this summer around Wrangell. They've been tasked with the duty of assessing what could be up to 500 properties that are now considered part of the Wrangell borough. The job does not include revaluation of properties in the original city boundary area. This is one of the many steps Wrangell has to take as the transition into boroughhood unfolds.
Twenty to twenty-five of Wrangell's youth spend their weekday afternoons and Saturday evenings at Wrangells Boys and Girls Club of America. The Boys and Girls Club offers a safe alternative for kids who are home alone, have no adult supervision or are just plain bored during the summer months.
Tax-free day in Wrangell is this Saturday. This means that all day Saturday, Wrangell businesses will not be charging the city's retail sales tax of 7%.
The Empress of the North has recently announced the cancellation of their last seven sailings in southeast due to soft advanced bookings. While this will undoubtedly impact all the southeast towns it visits, Wrangell will be among the hardest hit. The Empress of the North is Wrangell's only consistent visiting cruise ship.
GCI is currently implementing a new $30-million fiber optic network in southeast. 754 miles of fiber optic cable will connect Wrangell, Petersburg, Ketchikan, Sitka, and Angoon to the Alaska United line, which currently connects Alaska to the lower 48.