Southeast News

Wrangell’s water gets a mostly clean bill of health.

water 2Wrangell’s water system received a mostly clean bill of health Tuesday. According to a water quality report for 2015, what’s coming out of Wrangell’s taps had high levels of chlorine byproducts, but new equipment could change that.

First time participant wins Wrangell’s salmon derby.

malia salmonMany people fish for a lifetime in hopes of winning Wrangell’s King Salmon Derby, but it only took this year’s 24 year old winner one year to reach to top of the podium. Malia McIntyre officially won Wrangell’s derby at the awards ceremony June 16. She says she was never really interested in the derby. It was her husband who convinced her to enter, and she said she's glad she did.

Rainforest Islands Ferry service can’t afford latest breakdown.

ferryA small Southeast ferry service’s future is uncertain once again. The Rainforest Islands Ferry service, which has been plagued with setbacks, can’t afford to repair the service’s latest breakdown.

Design firm seeks public comment on final Wrangell Institute property.

The final design proposal for the former Wrangell Institute property.Chris Mertl is a landscape architect for Corvus Design, the firm leading the project. Mertl and his team presented three potential designs June 13. The public voted and commented on those designs and voting resulted in a three-way tie. Those designs were consolidated into one final proposal.

Wrangell Assembly approves harbor rate increases, but tables budget.

City-HallWrangell’s Borough Assembly held its regular meeting June 14. The assembly approved harbor rate and fee increases and recommendations on where to allow marijuana businesses, but decided to defer approving the borough’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Southeast Conference takes first step towards ferry system overhaul.

SEC Logo Southeast ConferenceThe Southeast Conference took their first step towards revamping the Alaska Marine Highway System June 10. The Conference is seeking firms to evaluate how the ferry system can be managed and operated differently to sustain itself for the next 25 years.

Wrangell’s public health services could see restrictions.

kadinPublic Health services in Wrangell could see changes in the wake of a $3.4 million budget cut for the coming fiscal year. Services might start implementing age restrictions on vaccine and family planning services.

U.S. Forest Service seeks public comment on proposed Wrangell Timber Sale.

U.S. Forest Service's preferred alternative for Wrangell timber sale.The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public comment on a proposed timber sale on Wrangell Island. The project could result in the harvest of 65 million board feet of old-growth timber from over 5,000 acres.

Senate bill could give five Southeast “landless” Native groups land.

murkowskiA U.S. Senate bill introduced last week could allow Alaska Natives in five Southeast communities to form urban corporations. Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Tenakee, and Wrangell each stand to gain about 23,000 acres of land if the bill passes. But, the legislation does not come without controversy.

Former Wrangell Institute property could see another boarding school.

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Wrangell could see another boarding school in the next five years. ANSEP, an accelerated high school program based on University of Alaska Anchorage campus, is interested in building a 400-bed facility on the former Wrangell Institute property.


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