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Landless Natives bill gets hearing in Senate committee

murkowskiA bill that would create corporations for five “landless” Native communities in Southeast Alaska had its first hearing in the U.S. Senate Thursday.

Alaska Native Sisterhood celebrates 100th anniversary

ANS president speaksThe Alaska Native Sisterhood is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week in Wrangell—where it was founded—in conjunction with the Alaska Native Brotherhood and sisterhood Grand Camp annual convention. The Native rights group is honoring its past while contemplating its future.

Wrangell election maintains status quo in local government

voteAll incumbent candidates were re-elected to their positions in Tuesday's local election. Preliminary results show that proposition two narrowly passed, which makes Wrangell elected officials exempt from state financial disclosure laws.

USFS moving forward with Anan dock despite concerns

anan trailA controversial dock project at a popular bear observatory near Wrangell and Ketchikan is moving forward, despite continued opposition from tour operators and a lack of contractors interested in the work. The money for the dock was originally requested by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and her spokesman now says the U.S. Forest Service’s dock plan is not consistent with its original intent.

Port Commission talks new ferry, boat yard security

marine service centerThe Wrangell Port Commission Thursday discussed finding a new docking location for the Rainforest Islands Ferry. The new ferry is trying to get permission to dock at the airport.

Jamieson files as write-in candidate for borough assembly

Becky Rooney and David Powell are on the ballot for re-election to the Borough Assembly, but Christie Jamieson recently filed as a write-in candidate.

A month after starting up, new ferry tries to smooth out service

ferryA new independent ferry connecting Wrangell, Petersburg and Prince of Wales Island’s Coffman Cove started up a month ago, and it’s still trying to work out some kinks. Wrangell officials are working with the Rainforest Islands Ferry to solve its biggest problem—the lack of a suitable place to load vehicles in Wrangell.

Wrangell ballot props address financial disclosure law, TBPA

voteWrangell voters will see two propositions on the ballot in the Oct. 6 local elections.

Martin runs unopposed for re-election to Port Commission

John Martin and Clay Hammer are each running for a three-year term on the Port Commission in the Oct. 6 local election.

Comstock runs for unexpired school board seat

Beth Comstock and Pam McCloskey are running for the unexpired seat on the Wrangell Public School Board in the Oct. 6 local election.