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Wrangell’s heat pumps part of statewide study

IMG_1329Southeast Conference meeting participants heard about a heating technology Tuesday that is being adapted to colder climates. Wrangell already has two air-source heat pump systems, and those are part of a statewide research effort to evaluate their effectiveness.

Report shows plateau in Southeast economy, population

southeast conferenceAfter five years of growth, Southeast Alaska’s labor force and population leveled off in 2013, according to data released Tuesday at the Southeast Conference annual membership meeting.

P&Z Commission considers Bay Co. request

City Hall - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KSTKThe Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday discussed The Bay Company’s request to purchase city-owned land adjacent to its property. One section is an alleyway that runs between The Bay Co. and the boat yard, and the other is a five-foot portion of Silvernail Work Road.

Thomas Bay commission tries to find its place after SEAPA transfer

The Thomas Bay Power Commission Tuesday resolved to ask the borough assemblies of Wrangell and Petersburg how it can contribute to the communities after a management transfer removed its original responsibilities.

Southeast Conference will bring 200 people to Wrangell for annual meeting

seconfThe Southeast Conference annual membership meeting will bring about 200 people to Wrangell next week. The organization advocates for economic development in Southeast Alaska.

Borough assembly sends animal control ordinance back to code review

city hallThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to send a proposed animal control ordinance back to the Code Review Committee for some changes. The assembly approved an ordinance to change the fines for animal code violations.

Girls’ track program opens to middle school students

girls on track logoFor the first time, middle-school girls in Wrangell can participate in a track program that combines running with lessons about life skills. Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit that aims to teach girls about self-image, respect and community awareness.

Borough assembly gives first-round approval for animal control rules

city hallThe Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday unanimously gave a first round of approval to new animal control laws. The assembly also agreed to send a letter to congressional delegates expressing concerns about proposed mines near the Stikine River watershed in British Columbia.

Becky Rooney appointed to borough assembly

Becky Rooney was appointed to an open seat on the Wrangell Borough Assembly for a term ending in October. Rooney stopped by KSTK ahead of her first assembly meeting to discuss her new position in city government.

School starts for Wrangell district

High school civics class Skypes with David WalkerMonday was the first day of school for Wrangell Public Schools. New teachers, administrators and standardized tests are all making a debut this year.