A year in review: Wrangell’s biggest stories of 2016

Wrangell Island

2016 took a somber tone early on with an Angoon plane crash killing three Wrangellites. The pilot of the Cessna 206, David Galla, and passengers Greg Scheff and Thomas Siekawtich died in the April crash.

Survivor Morgan Enright went through … more

Alaska, B.C. detail transboundary mine pact


Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott opens the first teleconferenced meeting of a bilateral working group on transboundary mines Dec. 16. Shown are, from the left, Meghan Topkok, First Alaskans Institute; Barbara Blake, senior advisor to Mallott; Mallott; and David Rogers and


Five Wrangell wrestlers place in state tournament

Wrangell wrestling takes top spot at regionals  in 2A division (Photo courtesy of Julie Decker)

Five Wrangell wrestlers placed in the state tournament this weekend.  Nine Wolves

Wrangell wrestling takes 2A division title in Southeast (Photo courtesy of Julie Decker)

qualified for state matches.

Caleb Groshong took home third place in the 220-pound weight class, … more

Gov. Walker proposes stable Fish and Game budget


Gov. Bill Walker proposed cutting about 45 positions and $3.5 million from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s 2018 budget last week, significantly smaller than the $11.5 million in cuts over the past two years. But, Walker’s proposal calls … more

Funding for Shoemaker Harbor project included in Gov. Walker’s budget

Unusable dock at Shoemaker Bay Harbor

Wrangell received good news regarding the Shoemaker Bay Harbor project Thursday. Gov. Bill Walker proposed to appropriate $5 million for the state’s 50/50 harbor matching grant fund, just enough to cover Wrangell’s request.

The borough has been working to replace … more

Wrangell School Board expects decrease in 2018 budget

Elementary school

The Wrangell School Board discussed its budget for the upcoming fiscal year Wednesday. Superintendent Patrick Mayer explained that student enrollment is expected to be static at about 270 students, and health insurance costs are expected to increase by 10 percent. … more

Assembly approves raises for two union workers in legal dispute


Union employees involved in a dispute with the Wrangell Borough are getting retroactive pay increases.

The Wrangell Borough Assembly approved raises for lead positions at the water treatment and waste sites Tuesday. Job descriptions for those positions also expanded. Borough … more

Prince of Wales forest land planning effort under way

Northern Prince of Wales Island near Point Baker (KFSK file photo)

The U.S. Forest Service is holding meetings this week in several communities on Prince of Wales Island to gather input on possible timber sales, tree thinning, stream restoration and recreation projects. A group of island residents is also gathering to … more

Native support for Wrangell boarding school is uncertain

The final design proposal for the former Wrangell Institute property.

A committee overseeing a proposal for a 400-bed boarding school in Wrangell is seeking support from the Tanana Chiefs Conference, a non-profit Native corporation which serves 39 villages near Fairbanks. But, that support isn’t certain.

Master plan for Wrangell Institute


Congress boosts plans for new Craig boat harbor

Craig, on Prince of Wales Island, is a large step closer to building a new boat harbor. (Photo courtesy Bob Claus)

A bill on its way to the president’s desk authorizes most of the money needed to build a new … more