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Red Chris mine gets final environmental permit

red chris mineThe Red Chris copper and gold mine got final approval last week to discharge wastewater in the Stikine River watershed. Some Alaskans are worried the Red Chris and other British Columbia mines will impact salmon in Southeast.

School board adopts new supplemental school lunch program

school lunchThe Wrangell Public School Board voted Monday to leave the National School Lunch Program and develop its own supplemental school food program.

Borough Assembly wants to opt out of financial disclosure paperwork

city hallThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to opt out of its financial disclosure requirements. The measure will go to a vote of the people in October.

Borough Assembly approves Shoemaker Bay float funding plan

shoemaker bayThe Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday approved a funding plan to replace the deteriorating float system at Shoemaker Bay Harbor.

July Fourth celebration to feature new events

Several competitors hit the water during the greased pole contest Thursday, July 3, 2014.Wrangell’s Fourth of July celebration, themed “Hometown Heroes,” will feature new events this year.

EPA finds lead contamination at former junkyard

Lead levels at the Byford Junkyard at 4 mile Zimovia Highway are high enough to be a threat to human health.

Report lists watersheds, salmon habitat potentially affected by B.C. mines

This map, found in the FNMEC report, shows potential contaminant flow paths from B.C. tailings dams into Southeast Alaska waters.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.

Borough Assembly approves waterfront master plan

waterfront master planThe 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.

Red Chris Mine waits for final permit

red chris mineA 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 faces water shortage

faucetWrangell officials are asking residents to reduce water consumption because of a shortage at the community’s reservoirs.