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Yacht rally cancellation disappoints Wrangell businesses

salty dog rally logoThe Salty Dog Rally was expected to bring 40 yachts and a lot of business to Wrangell this week. The rally was canceled after the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce and local businesses put time, effort and money into planning for the influx of tourists.

Wrangell dancers take Celebration 2014 stage

Wrangell's Old Willow Town Dancers, made of students in the community’s Johnson-O'Malley Program, perform at Celebration 2014. (Screenshot/360North)The Old Willow Town Dancers, with students in the community’s Johnson-O'Malley Program, performed at Celebration 2014 in Juneau.

Wrangell paddlers complete journey to Celebration 2014

canoers paddle to celebration 2014 in juneau

Paddlers arrive in Juneau for Celebration 2014 on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)

Canoes landed on a crowded beach in Juneau Wednesday to kick off the Southeast Alaska Native festival known as Celebration 2014. Alicia Chilton and Ken Hoyt … more

State turns over Meyers Chuck dock ownership

Meyers Chuck, between Wrangell and Ketchikan, will see a new dock within a few years. (Map by US Beacon)Wrangell officials have agreed to take over the Meyers Chuck dock. The state will provide funds for a replacement.

Mark Mitchell appointed to Wrangell Assembly

Wrangell’s newest Borough Assembly member is a relatively recent arrival. Mark Mitchell calls himself a semi-retired Colorado rancher.

Wrangell utility rates to increase about 5 percent

city hallBorough Manager Jeff Jabusch says electric rates will go up 5 percent across the board next month. Water, sewer and garbage fees will increase between 4 and 6 percent.

Southeast loses 10 school superintendents

Southeast Alaska has 17 school districts. Ten have or are getting new superintendents. (Courtesy Alaska Association of School Administrators)More than half of Southeast Alaska’s school districts have hired new superintendents this year. Why are so many leaving and what impact will that have?

No free ride for Southeast legislative candidates

Southeast Alaska's House and Senate districts are shown in this 2013 redistricting map. (AK Redistricting Board)All Southeast legislative incumbents face challengers this year. A dozen people put their names in the hat by Monday’s filing deadline.

Wrangell timber sale plan moving forward

A shelter on Wrangell’s waterfront harks back to the days when timber was king. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)The U.S. Forest Service is moving closer to selling old-growth timber stands on roaded areas of Wrangell Island.

Wrangell’s new boat lift is up and running

Both Wrangell boat lifts are in operation. The new one is in the back. (Delton Claggett/KSTK)Wrangell’s new boat lift hauled its first vessel out of the water over the weekend.