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U.S. prosecutors recommend 20 years in prison for Salard

Salard102814bFederal prosecutors are recommending a 20-year prison term followed by a lifetime of supervised release for former Wrangell doctor Greg Salard ahead of his sentencing hearing next week.

Vehicle takes down playground fence

shoemaker fence downA driver lost control of a vehicle in Wrangell Monday morning and took down at least 200 feet of fencing around the Shoemaker Bay playground.

Alaska sends second draft of transboundary agreement to B.C.

red chris mineLt. Gov. Byron Mallott sent the second draft of a Statement of Cooperation to British Columbia officials last week as part of an ongoing effort to preserve water quality and fisheries of the Stikine, Taku, Unuk and Alsek rivers.

Borough Assembly approves capital project list, bumps up new fire truck

Water main breaks on St. Michaels Street - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KSTKThe Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday approved the community’s list of capital budget requests for the next fiscal year and made the need for a new fire truck one of the top priorities.

Borough Assembly approves contract zone for WCA Transportation office

City Hall - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KSTKThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to approve the Wrangell Cooperative Association’s request to build a transportation office on residential land.

High winds cause power outages, damage

trees fell on houseHigh winds downed trees and caused power outages and structural damage throughout Wrangell early Tuesday morning.

Wrangell schools partner with UAS Tech Prep to grow local workforce

university of alaska southeastThe University of Alaska Southeast established a physical presence in Wrangell last year when its regional Tech Prep coordinator moved into an office in the local high school. The school district and the university are working to help students and adults continue their education after high school, while trying to fill the needs of local businesses.

WMC’s cash supply drops, board discusses equipment purchases

The Wrangell Medical Center Board of Directors met Wednesday and heard that the hospital’s cash supply is declining again because of delayed Medicaid reimbursements.

USFS open house looks at Tongass transition to young-growth logging

Fall StumpThe U.S. Forest Service held an open house in Wrangell Wednesday about its plan to transition the Tongass National Forest from old-growth to young-growth logging in about 15 years.

Borough Assembly postpones boat yard lease renewal

city hallIn a 4-2 vote on Tuesday, the Wrangell Borough Assembly postponed a boat yard lease extension so the Port Commission can first decide if it wants to change its lease rates.