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Parks and Rec proposes fee changes

Wrangell’s Parks and Recreation Department is proposing a change in facility fees. The last proposal was rejected by the borough assembly.

Car goes through Bobs’ IGA front window

car through bobs igaA Wrangell resident drove a car through the front windows of Bobs' IGA grocery store in Wrangell Thursday. Wrangell Police Chief Doug McCloskey said there were no serious injuries.

Red Chris mine gets final environmental permit

red chris mineThe Red Chris copper and gold mine got final approval last week to discharge wastewater in the Stikine River watershed. Some Alaskans are worried the Red Chris and other British Columbia mines will impact salmon in Southeast.

School board adopts new supplemental school lunch program

school lunchThe Wrangell Public School Board voted Monday to leave the National School Lunch Program and develop its own supplemental school food program.

Borough Assembly wants to opt out of financial disclosure paperwork

city hallThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to opt out of its financial disclosure requirements. The measure will go to a vote of the people in October.

Borough Assembly approves Shoemaker Bay float funding plan

shoemaker bayThe Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday approved a funding plan to replace the deteriorating float system at Shoemaker Bay Harbor.

July Fourth celebration to feature new events

Several competitors hit the water during the greased pole contest Thursday, July 3, 2014.Wrangell’s Fourth of July celebration, themed “Hometown Heroes,” will feature new events this year.

EPA finds lead contamination at former junkyard

Lead levels at the Byford Junkyard at 4 mile Zimovia Highway are high enough to be a threat to human health.

Report lists watersheds, salmon habitat potentially affected by B.C. mines

This map, found in the FNMEC report, shows potential contaminant flow paths from B.C. tailings dams into Southeast Alaska waters.Thousands of miles of salmon habitat and more than 200 communities across Southeast Alaska and British Columbia could be affected if another mine disaster happens near the border. According to a report released this week by a B.C. First Nations group, 35 tailings ponds in the region are drawing more scrutiny after a mine dam collapsed last summer.

Borough Assembly approves waterfront master plan

waterfront master planThe Wrangell Borough Assembly last week approved a plan for developing Wrangell’s downtown waterfront. The Wrangell Waterfront Master Plan would put $14.7 million into improving the waterfront between City Dock and the Marine Service Center.