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Path to Prosperity finalist hopes to provide Wrangell fresh produce

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Wrangell could soon be part of the farm-to-table trend. Wrangell resident, Dixie Booker, is a finalist in Sealaska’s Path to Prosperity, a contest for entrepreneurs to get their businesses of the ground. Booker hopes to supply Wrangell with fresh produce.… more

Wrangell’s water shortage causes borough to declare local disaster

Sand filter at Wrangell water plant. (KSTK News, Aaron Bolton)Wrangell is in a water crisis. Between two fish processors and the public, demand is exceeding the water treatment system’s ability to produce clean water. The assembly and borough manager declared a local emergency disaster Tuesday and are asking the public to cut water consumption 30 to 50 percent.

Admiralty plane crash survivor’s recovery moves forward

Morgan Enright as pictured on Caring Bridge website.The lone survivor of a plane crash in Southeast Alaska is moving forward in her recovery. Morgan Enright of Ketchikan continues to improve, according to her Caring Bridge website. Posts describe her using a walker and briefly walking on her own earlier this month.

New boarding school stirs bad memories for one family

Jim LaBelle and his granddaughter Lilani. (courtesy of Marleah LaBelle)Wrangell’s School Board, Borough Assembly and tribal government have all shown support for building a 400-bed boarding school on the former Wrangell Institute property in Southeast Alaska. For one family, the project is stirring up bad memories of the Institute, an earlier boarding school with a history of abusing students.

Anan’s bears show up for visitor’s last chance at a free visit.

Anan trail head plan. Courtesy of the U.S. Forest ServiceVisitors at the Anan Wildlife Observatory hoping to get a free look at bears before permits are required are getting their wish as bear activity picks up a little faster than usual. The observatory is about 30 miles south of Wrangell on the mainland. The Wrangell Ranger district maintains that facility, and it’s beginning work this year that will keep those visitors safe.

Wrangell Borough Assembly takes small step towards ANSEP boarding school.

City-HallWrangell’s Borough Assembly took a small step towards a potential 400-bed boarding school in Wrangell June 28. The assembly also made changes to borough employee’s health care premiums. The assembly passed a resolution in support of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program – or ANSEP, an accelerated learning program based on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.

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

Sand filter at Wrangell water plant. (KSTK News, Aaron Bolton)Wrangell’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.