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.

Professional basketball player to teach ball skills, life lessons in Wrangell

damen bell-holterDamen Bell-Holter, a professional basketball player from Southeast Alaska, is bringing a four-day youth basketball camp to Wrangell this summer.

Mariculture initiative could boost shellfish farms

Brenda Bryan, left, and Jackie Whitmore clean shellfish at the Moss Island Oyster Farm in Peterson Bay, across from Homer. (Photo by Ron Bader/Moss Island Oyster Farm)Alaska shellfish farmers hope a new state mariculture initiative will help boost their businesses. But they warn it’s not an easy industry to expand.

WMC board updated on vacancies, new hospital project

The Wrangell Medical Center board was updated on a patient survey, the new hospital project and efforts to hire more health care providers.

P&Z looks at zoning for commercial marijuana

marijuanaThe Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission started a discussion last week about commercial marijuana in the context of local zoning codes.

P&Z, EDC want public input on entitlement lands

Wrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission and Economic Development Committee held a joint meeting Thursday to discuss potential uses for the borough’s remote entitlement lands.

Port Commission considers moorage fee increase

harborThe Wrangell Port Commission continued its discussion of harbor rates at a workshop Monday, but it still has a long way to go before making a final decision.

Borough Assembly approves plan for Light & Power updates

Power lines in Wrangell. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)The Wrangell Borough Assembly approved a plan Tuesday for the electrical department to fix its power distribution system over the next six years without raising electric rates.