Thousands of miles of salmon habitat and more than 200 communities across Southeast Alaska and British Columbia could be affected if another mine disaster happens near the border. According to a report released this week by a B.C. First Nations group, 35 tailings ponds in the region are drawing more scrutiny after a mine dam collapsed last summer.
The Wrangell Borough Assembly last week approved a plan for developing Wrangell’s downtown waterfront. The Wrangell Waterfront Master Plan would put $14.7 million into improving the waterfront between City Dock and the Marine Service Center.
A controversial British Columbia mine upriver from Wrangell and Petersburg is slated to ramp up to full production this summer. But the Red Chris Mine is still waiting for final approval from the B.C. government and a First Nations group.
Wrangell officials are asking residents to reduce water consumption because of a shortage at the community’s reservoirs.
Although major budget cuts are being made at the state level, Wrangell residents will not see any significant changes in municipal services. But next year’s budget will have a small deficit.
The screened-in tub and adjacent changing room at Chief Shakes Hot Springs on the Stikine River will be closed from July 15 to August 15.
It can be difficult for rural Alaskan hospitals to recruit experienced financial professionals. That’s why the hospitals in Wrangell and Petersburg are taking a new approach to that challenge by sharing a chief financial officer.
The Wrangell Public School Board Tuesday voted to offer Kendall Benson of Utah the job of secondary school principal. The board also offered contracts to all of the district’s non-tenured teachers.
Wrangell will run on diesel generators from May 26 through June 3. Wrangell Light and Power is encouraging residents to cut down on electricity use during the diesel run to minimize the impact on their electricity bills.
Last week, the Wrangell Public School Board ended the district’s contract with NANA Management Services, the school food provider. Tonight, the board will try to come up with a new plan to feed students.