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Members appointed to Mariner’s Memorial committee

mariner's memorial

Part of Mariner’s Memorial design.

The Port Commission appointed two community members to a special committee to oversee a Mariner’s Memorial intended for Heritage Harbor Thursday. Brennan Eagle and Gig Decker, both commercial fishermen, were appointed to the committee.

It … more

Deed to AICS clinic in question as it merges with SEARHC


There are still some unanswered questions in the merger between a Wrangell medical provider and Sitka-based Southeast Regional Health Consortium. SEARHC announced that it would be taking over Alaska Island Community Services or AICS in October. AICS will retain its … more

Sourdough Lodge to be assisted-living facility

The former Old Sourdough Lodge is planned to become a assisted living facility (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

The former Old Sourdough Lodge will become a assisted living facility (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Wrangell may see a new senior and assisted living facility come to fruition this year. The 16-bedroom Old Sourdough Lodge, a 36-year-old bed and breakfast, … more

A year in review: Wrangell’s biggest stories of 2016

Wrangell Island

2016 took a somber tone early on with an Angoon plane crash killing three Wrangellites. The pilot of the Cessna 206, David Galla, and passengers Greg Scheff and Thomas Siekawtich died in the April crash.

Survivor Morgan Enright went through … more

Alaska, B.C. detail transboundary mine pact


Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott opens the first teleconferenced meeting of a bilateral working group on transboundary mines Dec. 16. Shown are, from the left, Meghan Topkok, First Alaskans Institute; Barbara Blake, senior advisor to Mallott; Mallott; and David Rogers and


Five Wrangell wrestlers place in state tournament

Wrangell wrestling takes top spot at regionals  in 2A division (Photo courtesy of Julie Decker)

Five Wrangell wrestlers placed in the state tournament this weekend.  Nine Wolves

Wrangell wrestling takes 2A division title in Southeast (Photo courtesy of Julie Decker)

qualified for state matches.

Caleb Groshong took home third place in the 220-pound weight class, … more

Gov. Walker proposes stable Fish and Game budget


Gov. Bill Walker proposed cutting about 45 positions and $3.5 million from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s 2018 budget last week, significantly smaller than the $11.5 million in cuts over the past two years. But, Walker’s proposal calls … more

Funding for Shoemaker Harbor project included in Gov. Walker’s budget

Unusable dock at Shoemaker Bay Harbor

Wrangell received good news regarding the Shoemaker Bay Harbor project Thursday. Gov. Bill Walker proposed to appropriate $5 million for the state’s 50/50 harbor matching grant fund, just enough to cover Wrangell’s request.

The borough has been working to replace … more

Wrangell School Board expects decrease in 2018 budget

Elementary school

The Wrangell School Board discussed its budget for the upcoming fiscal year Wednesday. Superintendent Patrick Mayer explained that student enrollment is expected to be static at about 270 students, and health insurance costs are expected to increase by 10 percent. … more

Assembly approves raises for two union workers in legal dispute


Union employees involved in a dispute with the Wrangell Borough are getting retroactive pay increases.

The Wrangell Borough Assembly approved raises for lead positions at the water treatment and waste sites Tuesday. Job descriptions for those positions also expanded. Borough … more