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Pool improvements top assembly’s budget request list

city hallThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Wednesday to approve a capital budget request list for the upcoming fiscal year. Fixing the swimming pool is the first priority, followed by boat yard improvements, a sewer pump replacement, and funding for a new hospital.

Green Dot campaign teaches bystanders to prevent violence

A campaign to prevent violence culminated in bystander intervention training in Wrangell Saturday. The Green Dot campaign is based on the premise that anyone can make the choice to help prevent violence in the community by intervening in situations that could lead to interpersonal, sexual or partner violence.

Port Commission reviews Mariner’s Memorial design

mariners memorialThe Wrangell Port Commission Thursday reviewed a nearly complete design for the Mariner’s Memorial. The commission also discussed harbor parking lot policies after receiving a written complaint about the lack of long-term parking options.

Ferry system limits solo travel by kids, teenagers

A marine highway staffer watches as passengers and dogs reboard the ferry Matanuska before departing Wrangell Jan. 16, 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway System will no longer allow children and teenagers under 18 to travel solo. The current rules place no restrictions on 16- and 17-year-olds.

Wrangell back on hydroelectric power after outage

Power was out in Wrangell, Petersburg and Ketchikan after Wednesday night’s storm coated a Ketchikan power plant in salt.

House District 36 race too close to call

With all precincts reporting, non-affiliated candidate Dan Ortiz led Republican Chere Klein by 19 votes. The race will not be called until absentee and early ballots are counted.

General election 2014 preliminary results

IMG_0920.JPGPreliminary election results with 94% of precincts reporting. Updated 12:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Recycling plan presented to Wrangell

A waste management consultant was in Wrangell recently to present a potential recycling plan to the community. Project Manager Richard Herztberg said Wrangell should move forward with commingled recycling.

Salard no longer employed by AICS

Salard102814bWrangell doctor Greg Salard is no longer employed by Alaska Island Community Services. Salard is facing two federal felony charges for possession and distribution of child pornography.

Wrangell assembly to intervene in timber sale lawsuit

big thorneThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to intervene in a lawsuit supporting the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island. Assembly members said they want to support this timber sale because of its potential to affect future sales.