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SEARHC acquires Wrangell based AICS


The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announced Wednesday that it would be acquiring Wrangell based Alaska Island Community Services.

AICS CEO Mark Walker said the Wrangell operation will retain its name and continue operating out of its existing locations.

“All … more

Wrangell Assembly passes pot zoning codes


The Wrangell Borough Assembly unanimously passed modifications to zoning ordinances to make way for marijuana businesses Tuesday. The ordinance lays out rules for all four types of marijuana licenses, growing, manufacturing, retail and testing.

Wrangell Economic Development Director, Carol Rushmore, … more

Ferry system’s proposed Summer 2017 schedule released

The fast ferry Fairweather sails in Chatham Strait in 2010. It and the Chenega will be tied up for most of the fall, winter and spring. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

The Alaska Marine Highway System Tuesday released a proposed schedule for next summer.

Ferry system spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said it doesn’t show much of a decline compared to summer 2016. But he said the system will see about 10 fewer … more

Wrangell Assembly member and mayor retake oaths

Jack Swear in

A Wrangell Assembly member and Wrangell’s mayor were sworn in today. Assembly member Julie Decker and Mayor David Jack were both reelected and took their oaths at a special assembly meeting.

New assembly member Patty Gilbert will also take her … more

Scholarship in name of Wrangell historian awarded for first time

Patricia Roppel ( Photo courtesy of Roppel family)

A scholarship in the name of a deceased Wrangell historian, Patricia Roppel, was awarded to its first recipient this summer.

The Tongass Historical Society announced the recipient of the THS Patricia Roppel Memorial Scholarship Fund last week. The scholarship is … more

Official Wrangell election results


Wrangell held its municipal elections Tuesday. The results were made official Thursday afternoon.

Wrangell’s Mayor David Jack was reelected for the second time by a wide margin. Opponent Kipha Valvoda received just 13 percent of the vote.

Jack was appointed … more

Your budget-gap solution might be more complicated than you think

Estimated jobs lost for various potential fiscal solutions. (Graph couresy of Muhcine Guettabi)

With the state’s fiscal woes looming over the next legislative session, there is a lot of talk about how to fill its multi-billion-dollar budget gap. Among the many suggestions are taxes, and communities are weighing several options. One suggestion is … more

Preliminary local election results


Wrangell held its local elections Tuesday, and the preliminary results are in.

Mayor David Jack was reelected for the second time Tuesday. In unofficial results, Jack received 321 votes. Opponent Kipha Valvoda received just 49.

Jack was appointed mayor in … more

Southeast Watershed Coalition works to build local food market

Meredith Pochardt teaches about local foods in Angoon. (courtesy of Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition)

Southeast food producers and fisherman may be able to expand their markets in the near future. The Southeast Watershed Coalition is working to set up a system to sell and distribute local foods throughout the region over the next three … more

Wrangell Medical Center sees uptick in flu vacinations


Flu season is about to be upon Wrangell, and last week, Wrangell Medical Center had 183 patients walk through the doors at its annual adult flu clinic.

Kristen Reed is WMC’s development coordinator. She said more people came to this … more