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Wrangell’s water shortage causes borough to declare local disaster

Sand filter at Wrangell water plant. (KSTK News, Aaron Bolton)Wrangell is in a water crisis. Between two fish processors and the public, demand is exceeding the water treatment system’s ability to produce clean water. The assembly and borough manager declared a local emergency disaster Tuesday and are asking the public to cut water consumption 30 to 50 percent.

Wrangell’s Assembly address timber sale concerns

Wrangell Timber DEIS

Wrangell’s assembly is supporting a potential 5,000-acre timber sale on the island. But, in a letter released Monday to the Forest Service, the assembly says it has concerns about how the sale will benefit the community.

The letter addressed many … more

Wrangell’s water plant strained by demand


Wrangell is experiencing a water shortage. The borough posted on a community Facebook page this week asking residents and businesses to conserve.

Water was shut off to all harbor facilities last week and the community pool schedule has been tentative. … more

Admiralty plane crash survivor’s recovery moves forward

Morgan Enright as pictured on Caring Bridge website.The lone survivor of a plane crash in Southeast Alaska is moving forward in her recovery. Morgan Enright of Ketchikan continues to improve, according to her Caring Bridge website. Posts describe her using a walker and briefly walking on her own earlier this month.

New boarding school stirs bad memories for one family

Jim LaBelle and his granddaughter Lilani. (courtesy of Marleah LaBelle)Wrangell’s School Board, Borough Assembly and tribal government have all shown support for building a 400-bed boarding school on the former Wrangell Institute property in Southeast Alaska. For one family, the project is stirring up bad memories of the Institute, an earlier boarding school with a history of abusing students.

Nancy Murkowski christens a sentimental boat in Wrangell.

Nancy Murkowski, Dave Swenson and Frank Roppel before christening the Rainbow. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)Former Gov. Frank Murkowski and his wife Nancy Murkowski were in Wrangell to christen a boat Sunday. Wrangell resident Frank Roppel went to Ketchikan high school with the Murkowskis and wanted Nancy to break the bottle on his brand new 25-foot Svendsen fishing boat.

Age restrictions put on public health services due to state budget cuts.


Wrangell’s public health services are receiving additional changes for the new fiscal year. There will now be age restrictions on some services.

Southeast Public Health Nurse Manager Sarah Hargrave said the cuts were made due to $5.4 million in budget … more

Anan’s bears show up for visitor’s last chance at a free visit.

Anan trail head plan. Courtesy of the U.S. Forest ServiceVisitors at the Anan Wildlife Observatory hoping to get a free look at bears before permits are required are getting their wish as bear activity picks up a little faster than usual. The observatory is about 30 miles south of Wrangell on the mainland. The Wrangell Ranger district maintains that facility, and it’s beginning work this year that will keep those visitors safe.

Wrangell Borough Assembly takes small step towards ANSEP boarding school.

City-HallWrangell’s Borough Assembly took a small step towards a potential 400-bed boarding school in Wrangell June 28. The assembly also made changes to borough employee’s health care premiums. The assembly passed a resolution in support of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program – or ANSEP, an accelerated learning program based on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.

Wrangell public and assembly get closer look at possible timber sale.

timber mapWrangell’s Ranger District held two public meetings this week allowing the public and Wrangell’s Borough Assembly to get a better look at a potential 5,000 acre timber sale on Wrangell Island.