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Wrangell starts second attempt at building new hospital

Wrangell Medical Center held open meetings Thursday to start a second attempt at building a new community hospital after the first attempt stalled in 2012.

Port Commission proposes Meyers Chuck moorage fees

meyers chuck dockThe Wrangell Port Commission Thursday approved new moorage rates for Meyers Chuck and a new storage reservation fee for the Marine Service Center. The new fees still need to be approved by the borough assembly.

Health fair to feature 45 information booths

Wrangell’s Health Fair is coming up Saturday at the Nolan Center, and its format has changed since last year.

Regional watershed group aims to focus wetland mitigation funds on restoration

pats lakeThe Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition has a plan in the works to keep wetland mitigation funds closer to home, and the group is asking Southeast communities to submit ideas for wetland and stream improvements.

School, borough officials discuss Wrangell Public Schools budget

New playgroundThe Wrangell School Board met with the Wrangell Borough Assembly last week to discuss the school district’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the potential shortfall it is facing from a loss of state and federal funding.

SEAPA moves forward with plans for Swan Lake expansion

seapa boardA power agency that supplies electricity to three Southeast communities is moving forward with plans to expand its hydro storage capacity by selling bonds.

WMC slowly recovering from financial crisis

WMC logoThe Wrangell Medical Center is slowly recovering from a financial crisis that became apparent at the end of last year, but its financial problems aren’t over yet. That’s what Wrangell Medical Center CEO Marla Sanger told the hospital’s board of directors and the Borough Assembly this week.

Nevada man dies at Zarembo Island logging site

A Nevada man was found dead this week at a logging site 12 miles west of Wrangell. Alaska State Troopers say the cause of death is unknown.

Wrangell Assembly adopts pot ordinance

marijuanaThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt an ordinance banning the public consumption of marijuana in the borough.

Wolves take fourth place at 2A state basketball tournament

basketballThe Wrangell Wolves took fourth place in the 2A state basketball tournament last week in Anchorage. They also came home with awards for having the highest grade point average in the state and for good sportsmanship.