Local News

Anan dock design to be re-evaluated, local opposition continues

bearThe U.S. Forest Service is re-evaluating its design for a dock at the Anan Wildlife Observatory because bids on the project exceeded the budget. Meanwhile, Wrangell tour operators continue to oppose the dock.

USFS proposes fee increase for cabins on Tongass, Chugach

cabinThe U.S. Forest Service is proposing increases to cabin rental fees on Alaska’s national forests. Cabin prices have been the same since the 1990s, and now some fees could more than double over the next three years.

Wrangell fishermen plead guilty to Lacey Act violations

halibutA Wrangell father and son have pleaded guilty to federal charges related to Lacey Act violations while commercial halibut fishing in Alaska waters.

Development committee completes initial review of transferred lands

map of land transferWrangell’s Economic Development Committee met Monday to finish its initial review of about 9,000 acres of entitlement lands.

Sanger reflects on three years as hospital CEO

Outgoing Wrangell Medical Center CEO Marla Sanger resigned this summer after about three years of leading the community-owned hospital. In this interview, she reflects on how the hospital has changed since 2012.

At fiscal future presentation, Wrangell residents try to balance state budget

budgetA representative from the Alaska Department of Administration told a few dozen Wrangell residents Wednesday that budget cuts will not be enough to close the state’s $3 billion budget gap.

Wrangell Medical Center recovers a year after financial crisis

hospitalWrangell Medical Center is in good financial shape after the community-owned hospital almost ran out of cash last year.

School board continues to grapple with communication issues

The Wrangell Public School Board held a work session on communication issues Monday night in response to the concerns of some teachers and parents.

Wrangell to host presentation on Alaska’s budget deficit

A representative from the Alaska Department of Administration will be in Wrangell next week to give a presentation on the state’s fiscal future. Residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the state's budget deficit and talk to their legislator about revenue options.

Borough Assembly picks new property tax due date

city hallThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to change the borough’s property tax due date for the second time this year. Starting in 2016, property taxes will be due by Oct. 15.