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WMC’s cash supply drops, board discusses equipment purchases

The Wrangell Medical Center Board of Directors met Wednesday and heard that the hospital’s cash supply is declining again because of delayed Medicaid reimbursements.

USFS open house looks at Tongass transition to young-growth logging

Fall StumpThe U.S. Forest Service held an open house in Wrangell Wednesday about its plan to transition the Tongass National Forest from old-growth to young-growth logging in about 15 years.

Borough Assembly postpones boat yard lease renewal

city hallIn a 4-2 vote on Tuesday, the Wrangell Borough Assembly postponed a boat yard lease extension so the Port Commission can first decide if it wants to change its lease rates.

Port Commission to consider rate increases

harborThe Wrangell Port Commission decided last week that it will again consider increases to harbor and boat yard rates.

Rep. Oritz talks budget issues ahead of legislative session

dan ortizState lawmakers are heading to Juneau for the legislative session that starts Jan. 19. House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz visited Wrangell last week to talk to constituents before the session starts.

WHS teams head to Petersburg to kick off basketball season

The Wrangell High School basketball teams are heading to Petersburg this week to kick off the 2016 basketball season.

Wrangell father and son get fines, probation for Lacey Act violations

halibutA Wrangell father and son were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to Lacey Act violations while commercial halibut fishing in Alaska waters.

Ferry fares rise 5 percent for most routes

The ferry Malaspina awaits passengers at Juneau's Auke Bay ferry terminal. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska.Ferry fares went up 5 percent for most routes Jan. 1. The hike comes on the heels of a 4.5 percent increase that began in May.

Wrangell F&G committee seeks to change moose antler definition

IMG_1321The Wrangell Fish and Game Advisory Committee met Monday night and discussed its continuing effort to change a moose antler regulation affecting local hunters.

Salard sentencing set for February

greg salardThe former Wrangell doctor convicted on child pornography charges had his request for a new trial denied and will be sentenced next month.