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Assembly increases cemetery fees and approves water study report


The Wrangell Borough Assembly approved increasing cemetery fees Tuesday. The fee hike is meant to keep up with the cost of services.

The cost of grave plots increased by $130 and space for cremated remains by $95. Burial services were … more

Wrangell Borough Assembly Meeting 9-13-16

City and Borough of Wrangell

Borough Assembly Meeting

AGENDA September

13, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.                          Location: Assembly Chambers, City Hall


a. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE led by Assembly Member Becky Rooney

b.     INVOCATION to be given … more

Earthquake simulator educates Wrangell students


Wrangell elementary students got to experience a 7.1 magnitude earthquake Tuesday. The Alaska Division of Homeland Security is touring Southeast with its earthquake simulator, a big blue box that seats four and shakes back and forth to simulate a quake.… more

U.S.-Canada trade deal creating uncertainty in Southeast timber market

Part of the Tongass National Forest in April 2008. (Creative Commons photo by Xa’at)

The U.S. is in the midst of negotiations with Canada over an agreement on Canadian lumber imports. Many U.S. sawmill owners argue that the Canadian mills receive government subsidies on government-owned lands, making it difficult for the U.S. market to … more

Five Petersburg residents involved in boat accident on Stikine

The Stikine River Delta, as seen from the air. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News.)

The Wrangell Fire Department transported five Petersburg residents to the Wrangell Medical Center Sunday night after a boating accident on the Stikine River. Wrangell Fire Chief Tim Buness said the call came in around 5:23 p.m.

“So we were notified … more

Alaska’s congressional delegation pens letter to State Department on transboundary mining

The Red Chris Mine in the Stikine River watershed began operations earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of

Mining at Red Chris in February 2015. (

Alaska’s congressional delegation released a letter today to Secretary of State John Kerry, reiterating several requests it would like the U.S. State Department to address on transboundary mining in British Columbia.

The … more

Wrangell tribe is now trained to monitor shellfish for toxins

Phytoplankton (courtesy of Wrangell Cooperative Association.)

Phytoplankton (courtesy of Wrangell Cooperative Association.)

The Wrangell Cooperative Association’s shellfish monitoring program is now fully operational. The tribe joined the Southeast Tribal Toxins network – or SEATT – in April. Two WCA staff traveled to Sitka last week to … more

Founder of Beijing non-profit with ties to Southeast dies at 26

Sam Cornthwaite (photo from Go Fund Me page)

Sam Cornthwaite (photo from Go Fund Me page.)

Co-founder of a Beijing non-profit with ties to Southeast Alaska died Sept. 6. Sam Cornthwaite, 26, was the co-founder of GoodWorks Coffee & Tea.

Cornthwaite became ill last week and was moved … more

Green crab invade farther north on B.C. coast

European green crab. (courtesy of Washington Sea Grant.)

European green crab. (courtesy of Washington Sea Grant.)

Last week, an invasive species known as the European green crab was found in Puget Sound. The marine-focused environmental group that found the crab, Washington Sea Grant, is still trying to find … more

Former Wrangellite releases Garnet Ledge book

Garnet Ledge

Garnet Ledge near Wrangell is a well-known spot for locals and tourists, but little is known about its long history, most notably the all-women cooperation that operated the mine in the early 1900s. A former Wrangellite has brought the history … more