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2015: Wrangell’s year in review

A protest in Wrangell on Sunday, August 2, 2015. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)One of the top stories here in 2015 was the opening of a large gold and copper mine up the Stikine River in British Columbia. And a new ferry started running between Wrangell, Petersburg and Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island.

Magpie & Squid sets up shop for one month

magpie and squid shopA Wrangell artist who creates fused glass artwork and jewelry has been a fixture at community markets and bazaars in town. But this December, Magpie and Squid owner Kris Reed decided to open a store for just one month to sell her artwork and teach art classes.

WMC looks for solution to slow cash flow

Wrangell Medical Center board members heard Wednesday that the hospital’s cash flow is slowing down. But Wrangell Medical Center is in far better financial shape than it was at this time last year.

City Park gets a new log carving

city parkOn the beach at City Park, a large log with “Wrangell” carved into it has become a favorite spot for family photos. And the chainsaw carver who made that sign returned to Wrangell this week, and carved “Alaska” into a smaller log to go along with it.

Lower state test scores reflect more rigorous standards

amp logoWrangell parents recently received their children’s test scores from a new state assessment called the Alaska Measures of Progress.

P&Z continues initial review of transferred lands

map of land transferWrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission met Thursday and came close to finishing its initial review of 9,000 acres of entitlement lands.

Petersburg-Wrangell priest dies after heart attack

weiseA Catholic priest who served parishes in Wrangell and Petersburg died Sunday night, 10 days after suffering a heart attack.

TAC ends series of meetings with review of forest plan proposal

tongassThe Tongass Advisory Committee ended a 16-month series of meetings Thursday, formally completing its effort to advise the Tongass National Forest in a transition from old to young growth logging.

Middle Ridge reopens after repairs

middle ridgeA popular U.S. Forest Service cabin near Wrangell reopened Friday after damage due to vandalism forced its closure.

Port Commission receives completed Mariner’s Memorial design

A sketch of the memorial walls planned for the Mariner's Memorial.Wrangell Port Commissioners were pleased to receive a completed design for the Mariner’s Memorial Thursday after more than three years of work.