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Can Alaska learn from other ferry systems?

The Steamship Authority ferry Eagle sails between Hyannis and Nantucket, southeast of Boston. (Photo courtesy The Steamship Authority)Should the Alaska Marine Highway System be managed differently? That’s a question being asked by ferry advocates as they cope with smaller budgets and reduced schedules.

Rainforest Islands Ferry to Relaunch

ferryThe Rainforest Islands Ferry is in operation again but users in Wrangell and Petersburg will need to call and reserve in advance to ensure pick up in those communities.

Weather played a role in Admiralty plane crash

Rescuers work at the site of a crashed small plane on Admiralty Island on Friday. (Photo courtesy Sitka Mountain Rescue)Weather may have been a factor in the April 8 plane crash on Admiralty Island, which killed the pilot and two passengers and badly injured another person on board.

Wrangell Public Health Center Future Uncertain

Budget cuts could leave Wrangell without a public health nurse. The previous staffer left in March and has not been replaced. Ketchikan based Public Health Nurse Manager Susan Bergmann is filling in for a few days. But she says the state isn’t looking for someone to hire.

Update: NTSB recovers wreckage from crash that killed three

Rescuers work at the site of a crashed small plane on Admiralty Island on Friday. (Photo courtesy Sitka Mountain Rescue)National Transportation Safety Board investigators have begun the work of determining why a Wrangell plane crashed Friday morning on Admiralty Island.

Traveling artists, Wrangell residents share observations of climate change

A group of artists is traveling through Alaska with the Sitka-based Island Institute to explore how people are navigating climate change in Alaska. The Tidelines Ferry Tour arrived in Wrangell on Monday and started a discussion with residents about changes they’ve seen in the natural world.

Analysis of four B.C. mines questions tailings dam safety

The Red Chris Mine in the Stikine River watershed began operations earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of imperialmetals.com)A coalition of environmental groups released a new report last week claiming that four British Columbia mine projects near Southeast Alaska do not follow safety recommendations made by experts after the Mount Polley tailings dam disaster.

Forest Service, Wrangell residents looking for ways to maintain rec sites

cabinFederal funding for recreation programs on the Tongass National Forest has been declining in recent years, and in Wrangell, it has led to reduced Forest Service staff and the loss of some services. Earlier this month, the Wrangell Ranger District held a public meeting to discuss ideas for keeping cabins, trails and campsites maintained in the face of budget cuts.

School board hires principal, talks test scores

The Wrangell Public School Board voted Monday to offer a contract to a new secondary school principal.

Borough Assembly opposes fishing royalty bill

shrimpThe Wrangell Borough Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday to oppose a royalty tax on Alaska’s seafood industry.