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Planning process starts for former Wrangell Institute site

institute planPreliminary designs for the former site of the Wrangell Institute combine different types of housing, senior assisted living, retail space and an education center to meet current and future community needs.

Alcohol & Marijuana Control director says commercial pot possible in Wrangell

marijuanaThe director of Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office was in Wrangell Tuesday to give a presentation on commercial marijuana regulations.

BC officials introduce mine law changes in response to Mount Polley

This aerial image shows the Aug. 5, 2014, Mount Polley Mine tailings dam break and some of the damage downstream. The mine just won permission to reopen on a limited basis. (Photo courtesy Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre)British Columbia officials introduced law changes last week that would strengthen its ability to enforce mining laws in response to the Mount Polley tailings dam disaster of 2014. But critics in Alaska aren’t convinced the B.C. government would use those penalties to protect watersheds in Southeast.

Evergreen Ave. construction delayed another year

Evergreen Avenue in WrangellThe paving of Evergreen Avenue between Wrangell’s ferry terminal and airport will be delayed another year.

Alcohol & Marijuana Control director to talk commercial pot in Wrangell

marijuanaThe director of Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office will be in Wrangell next Tuesday to give a public presentation on commercial marijuana regulations.

Wrangell school board takes first look at 2016-2017 budget

New playgroundThe Wrangell School Board held a public hearing on its proposed budget last week. The numbers for next school year do not look very different from this year’s, but that will change if the legislature cuts education funding.

Port Commission renews boat yard leases, debates rate changes

marine service centerThe Wrangell Port Commission voted to renew three boat yard leases Thursday after a long discussion about possible changes to those leases.

Open house kicks off Wrangell’s plan to repurpose old mill for marine industry

millAs Wrangell continues to focus on marine trades as an economic driver, the borough is considering purchasing a former mill site six miles south of town to provide more room for the marine services industry.

Port Commission talks moorage fees

harborThe Wrangell Port Commission met for a workshop Tuesday to discuss raising moorage rates.

SEAPA’s Swan Lake expansion on track for completion this fall

swan lake spillwayThe Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) is on track to complete an expansion of its hydro storage capacity by October 2016.