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Ferry, education cuts featured in Wrangell’s finance committee testimony

The ferry Aurora docks in Gustavus in 2010. Rough weather kept the ship from sailing its Lynn Canal routes twice this week. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities)Five Wrangell residents testified Wednesday at a House Finance Committee hearing on the state’s proposed operating budget. Several speakers expressed concerns about proposed cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System and to educational programs.

Salard trial delayed until May

Salard102814bThe jury trial of Wrangell doctor Greg Salard, accused of possessing and distributing child pornography, has been delayed another three months. Assistant Federal Defender Cara McNamara requested more time to prepare her defense.

Feds turning Tongass acreage over to Sealaska

sealaska plaza, 12-09The federal Bureau of Land Management will sign paperwork Friday turning over 70,000 acres of Tongass National Forest to Sealaska Corp.

Otter hide sewing is first class held in Wrangell’s carving facility

sewing otter skinWrangell’s new carving facility hosted its first Alaska Native craft class last weekend, and about 20 residents signed up to learn the basics of sewing otter skins.

Wrangell officials discuss local impact of state budget cuts

As state officials decide where to make cuts in the face of a major budget deficit, Wrangell officials are trying to figure out how to cope with what is sure to be a huge drop in state funding. Wrangell Borough Assembly members discussed the looming budget cuts Tuesday at their regular meeting.

Waterfront draft plan includes boat storage, fishing pier

waterfront master planAfter several public meetings and community votes, a team of designers presented a nearly complete Waterfront Master Plan Wednesday for the space between Wrangell's City Dock and the Marine Service Center.

Assembly approves Bay Co. request to buy city-owned land

city hallThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to approve The Bay Company's request to purchase a city-owned alley adjacent to its property. The request to vacate the alley between The Bay Company and the Marine Service Center has been in the works since August.

Wrangell waterfront planners return with new designs

waterfront meetingA team of architects and engineers tasked with creating a master plan for Wrangell’s downtown waterfront returned Monday with three refined design concepts. The design team also produced cost estimates for the proposed plans.

Wrangell F&G committee keeps pushing moose antler proposal

IMG_1321Wrangell’s Fish and Game Advisory Committee is continuing its effort to alter a moose antler regulation affecting local hunters. Committee members will rewrite their proposal to change how "points" are defined for forked moose antlers.

Wrangell Assembly waits for state to develop pot regulations

MarijuanaPossession of marijuana for personal use will become legal in Alaska Tuesday, but the Wrangell Borough Assembly has not started a formal discussion regarding consumption and sales in the borough. Assembly members agree it is too early to consider any pot ordinances.