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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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Wrangell will finish rules before allowing pot biz

marijuanaWrangell won’t approve its first commercial pot operation until it has a better handle on where such businesses will be allowed.

Can Alaska learn from other ferry systems?

The Steamship Authority ferry Eagle sails between Hyannis and Nantucket, southeast of Boston. (Photo courtesy The Steamship Authority)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 played a role in Admiralty plane crash

Rescuers work at the site of a crashed small plane on Admiralty Island on Friday. (Photo courtesy Sitka Mountain Rescue)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.

Update: NTSB recovers wreckage from crash that killed three

Rescuers work at the site of a crashed small plane on Admiralty Island on Friday. (Photo courtesy Sitka Mountain Rescue)National Transportation Safety Board investigators have begun the work of determining why a Wrangell plane crashed Friday morning on Admiralty Island.