Wrangell’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.
The 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.
Public 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.
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.
A 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.
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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Wrangell won’t approve its first commercial pot operation until it has a better handle on where such businesses will be allowed.
Should the Alaska Marine Highway System be managed differently? That’s a question being asked by ferry advocates as they cope with smaller budgets and reduced schedules.
Weather may have been a factor in the April 8 plane crash on Admiralty Island, which killed the pilot and two passengers and badly injured another person on board.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators have begun the work of determining why a Wrangell plane crashed Friday morning on Admiralty Island.