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Wrangell Assembly approves harbor rate increases, but tables budget.

City-HallWrangell’s Borough Assembly held its regular meeting June 14. The assembly approved harbor rate and fee increases and recommendations on where to allow marijuana businesses, but decided to defer approving the borough’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Elks Lodge honors the stars and stripes for Flag Day.

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Wrangell’s Elk Lodge celebrated Flag Day June 14. The holiday started back in 1777 to celebrate the adoption of the U.S. flag.

Exalted Ruler Randy Oliver kicked off the celebration.

“This service is to honor our precious flag and to … more

ANSEP and new design plans presented for Wrangell Institute property.

The public examines possible Wrangell Institute property plans.Wrangell residents were able to take a look at three new design plans for the former Wrangell Institute property Monday evening. The community also got its first look at plans for a possible 400-bed boarding school.

Southeast Conference takes first step towards ferry system overhaul.

SEC Logo Southeast ConferenceThe Southeast Conference took their first step towards revamping the Alaska Marine Highway System June 10. The Conference is seeking firms to evaluate how the ferry system can be managed and operated differently to sustain itself for the next 25 years.

Wrangell’s public health services could see restrictions.

kadinPublic Health services in Wrangell could see changes in the wake of a $3.4 million budget cut for the coming fiscal year. Services might start implementing age restrictions on vaccine and family planning services.

Former Wrangell mill site in good condition and could see boat yard expansion.

millWrangell’s former mill site could serve as an expansion of the downtown boatyard along with many other commercial uses. The environmental firm in charge of evaluating the site six miles south of town presented some of those potential uses and the property's condition to borough officials June8.

U.S. Forest Service seeks public comment on proposed Wrangell Timber Sale.

U.S. Forest Service's preferred alternative for Wrangell timber sale.The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public comment on a proposed timber sale on Wrangell Island. The project could result in the harvest of 65 million board feet of old-growth timber from over 5,000 acres.

Blessed 2 Bless basketball camp kicked off this week.

Kids at the camp run drills.Former Boston Celtics player Damen Bell-Holter kicked off his 4-day Blessed 2 Bless basketball camp at the Wrangell high school June 5.

Port Commission addressed safety concerns in boat yard.

marine service centerThe Port Commission addressed safety concerns in the boat yard at its regular meeting on June 2. The Commission is concerned about tour busses accessing the boat yard. Tour operators say it’s one of their main attractions.

Senate bill could give five Southeast “landless” Native groups land.

murkowskiA U.S. Senate bill introduced last week could allow Alaska Natives in five Southeast communities to form urban corporations. Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Tenakee, and Wrangell each stand to gain about 23,000 acres of land if the bill passes. But, the legislation does not come without controversy.