Borough Assembly approves FY16 budget

city hallAlthough 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.

Screened-in hot tub on Stikine to close for one month

The screened-in hot tub at the Chief Shakes Hot Springs will be closed July 15 through Aug. 15, 2015. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)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.

Wrangell, Petersburg hospitals share a financial administrator

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.

School board offers contracts to new principal, current teachers

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 to run on diesel generators starting May 26

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.

School board to consider cheaper food program options

school lunchLast 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.

Assembly approves funds for trail project

trail design workshopThe Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday approved a change to this year’s budget to provide matching funds for a local trail project.

Wrangell teachers, residents say they can’t communicate with school board

The Wrangell Public School Board had a full audience at its last two meetings. Teachers and parents expressed concerns about two topics: a lack of communication with the board and the resignation of the secondary school principal.

Assembly votes down intervention in timber sale appeal

big thorneThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday against further intervention in a lawsuit to support the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island. The assembly chose to not pay an extra $3,000 to intervene in the appeal process.

KSTK faces budget cuts, programming changes

Wrangell's KSTK is among public broadcasters facing deep cuts that could change  programming. (File photo)The Alaska Legislature is cutting nearly a quarter of its funding to public broadcasters across the state. As a result, KSTK public radio in Wrangell will have to cut some of its programs starting July 1.