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Wrangell’s draft budget trims spending, not basic services

city hallWrangell borough officials released their draft budget Tuesday for the upcoming fiscal year 2016. Although major budget cuts are being made at the state level, Wrangell residents will not see significant changes in municipal services.

Gov. Walker proposes larger ferry budget

Students protest cuts in the marine highway system budget at the Kake ferry terminal in March. (Photo courtesy Adam Davis/Sustainable Southeast Partnership)Gov. Bill Walker says the state ferry system needs more money to avoid “crippling cuts” during the next fiscal year

School board keeps food service in budget

The Wrangell Public School Board approved its budget for Fiscal Year 2016 Monday and narrowly avoided eliminating the district’s school lunch program.

Red Chris Mine gets closer to full production

The Red Chris Mine's first shipment of copper concentrate was sent out April 11, 2015. (www.imperialmetals.com)A British Columbia mine upriver from Wrangell and Petersburg is one step closer to full production after reaching a benefits agreement with a First Nation group last weekend.

Borough moves forward with Stikine Inn expansion plan

stikine innThe Wrangell Borough Assembly decided last week to move forward with the Stikine Inn's request to purchase tidelands as part of a plan to expand its lodging space and provide retail space for artists.

Some ferry cuts restored, but impacts unclear

A marine highway staffer watches as passengers and dogs reboard the ferry Matanuska before departing Wrangell Jan. 16, 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)State budget-writers have reversed one of cuts made to the Alaska Marine Highway. But officials say it's too early to say how much service will be restored.

Public media cuts could end local programming

Wrangell's KSTK is among public broadcasters facing deep cuts that could change  programming. (File photo)Some Alaska public broadcasters would have to give up local programming if the state Senate’s budget cuts go through.

Assembly approves changes to firearm ordinance

city hallThe Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday approved changes to local firearm laws and made them less restrictive.

Wrangell teachers implement iPads in elementary school classrooms

ipadThe Wrangell School District brought its elementary school up to a one-to-one student-to-computer ratio last month by giving each student an iPad to use in class. Wrangell second-graders got to start using their new iPads by creating multimedia books about weather.

Deeper cuts to education budget worry Wrangell school officials

Wrangell school officials were caught off guard recently when the Alaska Senate Finance Committee proposed an additional cut to education funding. The budget amendment would cut $47.5 million from public schools statewide.