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As new school year begins, Wrangell schools absorb $51,000 in cuts

Elementary school

Thursday begins a new school year in Wrangell, and as it begins, the Wrangell school district is absorbing $51,000 in education cuts.

Gov. Bill Walker made $48 million in cuts to education funding earlier this year, resulting in a $51,000 … more

Tax-free days remain and hospital moves forward on housing grant

City-Hall

Wrangell will continue to have two tax-free days this fiscal year. The Wrangell Assembly voted down an ordinance that would have eliminated one of two tax-free days at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Assembly member Mark Mitchell said merchants have expressed … more

Tribal assistance, job programs lose funds

2-12-14-THCC-PodiumSoutheast Alaska’s regional tribal government is temporarily ending programs that provide food, clothing and shelter to its most needy clients.

Few declare candidacy for local elections

City-Hall

The window to declare candidacy in Wrangell’s local elections is coming to a close in 13 days, and some open seats have no candidates.

The Wrangell Borough Assembly and Port Commission have two three-year terms open. No candidates are running … more

Wrangell’s marine service center, 10 years of success

The Amber Anne being lifted at Wrangell's marine service center. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

Wrangell has been reinventing itself as a maritime community since the collapse of the timber industry in the early ‘90s. In November 2006, the community’s marine service center lifted its first boat out of the water. Now, 10 years later, … more

Final October through April ferry schedule released, no changes for Wrangell

The fast ferry Fairweather sails in Chatham Strait in 2010. It and the Chenega will be tied up for most of the fall, winter and spring. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

The Alaska Marine Highway system released its final schedule for October through April 2017 Wednesday. No changes were made for Wrangell during the public comment period in May and June.

Wrangell will see 22 fewer sailings this winter compared last … more

Seven Southeast schools, plus Kodiak, partner with SERRC to meet Native cultural standards

Wrangell High School. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

The Alaska Department of Education created Alaska Native cultural standards in 2012. The five standards aim to guide school districts across the state towards culturally-responsive teaching. Seven Southeast school districts, plus Kodiak, are partnering with the Southeast Regional Resource Center … more

Watershed Coalition tracks salmon stream temp trends

Scott Harris downloads stream temperature data from a logger placed in Salmon Lake Creek on Baranof Island (courtesy of Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition)

The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition plans to record the temperature of salmon streams across Southeast Alaska over the next two years. The project aims to collect the data to measure climate change’s affect on Alaska’s most prominent fish.

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Salmon … more

Republican candidate for District 36 Bob Sivertsen makes campaign stop in Wrangell

Bob Sivertsen

Republican candidate for House District 36 Bob Sivertsen made a campaign stop in Wrangell this week to meet with residents.

Sivertsen is the only Republican running against incumbent Dan Ortiz, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. While in different … more

EPA won’t take immediate action as tides wash away 20,000 gallons of raw sewage

sewage mainline being fixed

A sewer mainline broke early Monday morning near Zimovia Highway in Wrangell, allowing about 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into the inner harbor.

The break happened near the Zimovia Highway and Case Avenue intersection. Public Works Director, Amber Al-Haddad, said … more