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National Park Service helps parks & rec design new trails

trail design workshopTrail planning consultants came to Wrangell this month to help Parks and Recreation staff move forward with the community’s Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Plan. The group flagged trail corridors that would extend and connect existing trails.

Wrangell beaches tested for water quality

Petroglyph Beach in Wrangell. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)City Park and Petroglyph Beach are undergoing weekly water quality testing this summer. The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition is monitoring the water for bacteria that could be harmful to beachgoers.

New recycling program tackles illegal dumping of fishing nets

Nets have been brought to the new recycling bin at the Wrangell landfill. (Trevor Kellar/WCA)A new recycling initiative aims to curb illegal dumping of fishing nets in Wrangell, and send the old nets to Slovenia to be melted down for re-use.

Headlights required on Zimovia Highway at all times

Drivers are now required to keep their headlights on at all times on a long stretch of Zimovia Highway. The Alaska Department of Transportation noted in a press release the new rule is intended to increase safety.

Film student directs movie in Wrangell

Student/director Haley Reed (right) checks the framing of a shot while working on her film, "Vigil," Thursday, July 31, 2014.Haley Reed is a screenwriting student directing a movie in Wrangell. With shooting wrapped up, she said she hopes to have the movie ready for a premiere this winter.

Wrangell’s new boat lift tests upper limit

A boat lift hauls a 300-ton tug boat at the Wrangell Marine Service Center Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)Wrangell’s new, 300-ton boat lift is the second biggest in Alaska. It hauled a 300-ton tug boat Tuesday after a week of delays.

House Republican primary candidates take questions from Wrangell residents

Patti Mackey, Agnes Moran and Chere Klein answer questions at City Hall in Wrangell Tuesday, July 29, 2014.The Republican primary candidates for Alaska House District 36 were in Wrangell Tuesday for a public question-and-answer session. The full audio recording is posted here.

Republican primary candidate Klein visits Wrangell

chere kleinChere Klein is one of three candidates in the Republican primary election to represent Wrangell and Ketchikan in the Alaska State House of Representatives. Klein said she would focus on legislation to help boost small businesses in the 36th District.

Habituation allows bears and people to coexist at Anan Creek

bearThe fifth annual Bearfest started Wednesday, bringing researchers to Wrangell to discuss the symposium theme, “Bears and People.” At the Anan WIldlife Observatory, a careful relationship is maintained between bears and the people who come to watch them fish.

Assembly awards contract for downtown waterfront development plan

Wrangell's Assembly holds a budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. (File Photo)The Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday awarded a contract to prepare a development plan for Wrangell’s downtown waterfront. Assembly members also voted to approve a new heated shed for the water filtration system at the Marine Service Center.