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Former Wrangell mill site in good condition and could see boat yard expansion.

millWrangell’s former mill site could serve as an expansion of the downtown boatyard along with many other commercial uses. The environmental firm in charge of evaluating the site six miles south of town presented some of those potential uses and the property's condition to borough officials June8.

U.S. Forest Service seeks public comment on proposed Wrangell Timber Sale.

U.S. Forest Service's preferred alternative for Wrangell timber sale.The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public comment on a proposed timber sale on Wrangell Island. The project could result in the harvest of 65 million board feet of old-growth timber from over 5,000 acres.

Blessed 2 Bless basketball camp kicked off this week.

Kids at the camp run drills.Former Boston Celtics player Damen Bell-Holter kicked off his 4-day Blessed 2 Bless basketball camp at the Wrangell high school June 5.

Port Commission addressed safety concerns in boat yard.

marine service centerThe Port Commission addressed safety concerns in the boat yard at its regular meeting on June 2. The Commission is concerned about tour busses accessing the boat yard. Tour operators say it’s one of their main attractions.

Senate bill could give five Southeast “landless” Native groups land.

murkowskiA U.S. Senate bill introduced last week could allow Alaska Natives in five Southeast communities to form urban corporations. Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Tenakee, and Wrangell each stand to gain about 23,000 acres of land if the bill passes. But, the legislation does not come without controversy.

Former Wrangell Institute property could see another boarding school.

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Wrangell could see another boarding school in the next five years. ANSEP, an accelerated high school program based on University of Alaska Anchorage campus, is interested in building a 400-bed facility on the former Wrangell Institute property.

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Planning and Zoning Commission denies marijuana cultivation and manufacturing in commercial district.

marijuanaWrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission denied an appeal for a proposed marijuana cultivation and manufacturing business Thursday.

Wrangell Assembly calls for public comment on lean budget.

Wrangell's Assembly holds a budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. (File Photo)The Borough Assembly will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening at 5:45 pm and a budget workshop at 6 pm. The Assembly will hold one more public hearing before their June 14 regular meeting where the final budget will be passed.

Wrangell’s ferry service declines in proposed schedule.

The fast ferry Fairweather sails in Chatham Strait in 2010. It and the Chenega will be tied up for most of the fall, winter and spring. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The state Department of Transportation released their proposed Southeast ferry schedule for the 2017 fiscal year Thursday. The proposed schedule lays out sailing dates and times for October through April. Wrangell’s ferry terminal would see 22 less sailings during those months compared to 2015. That would mean 14 less sailings to Ketchikan and eight less to Petersburg. The 2017 summer schedule has yet to be set.

Happy Cannabis moves forward with retail store construction.

marijuanaThe owner of Diamond C Café and Happy Cannabis is moving forward with construction of a proposed marijuana business in Wrangell’s commercial district. Owner Kelsey Martinsen hopes he will receive conditional use permits for cultivating and manufacturing marijuana marijuana, as well as a retail store.