Potential Wrangell pot business applies for licenses


The Wrangell Assembly passed a zoning ordinance last week that made way for marijuana businesses in Wrangell. Now, Wrangell’s only proposed pot business, Happy Cannabis, is initiating its applications with the state, beginning the final push for construction to be … more

Dan Ortiz calls for Republican candidate Bob Sivertsen to denounce “dark money”

dan ortiz

House District 36 incumbent Dan Ortiz called for Republican candidate Bob Sivertsen to denounce so-called “dark money” in this year’s campaign on Monday.

He was referring to the independent expenditure group known as Southeast Voters for Bob Sivertsen, which has … more

U.S. producers push for tariffs on Canadian timber

A fire left its mark on this Tongass National Forest tree trunk, as seen in 2008. (Creative Commons photo by Xa’at)

The deadline to strike a deal on Canadian softwood lumber imports into the U.S. came and went Wednesday. The past agreement controlled Canadian lumber import prices which allowed Alaskan lumber to compete in the market. The U.S. Lumber Coalition said … more

SEARHC acquires Wrangell based AICS


The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announced Wednesday that it would be acquiring Wrangell based Alaska Island Community Services.

AICS CEO Mark Walker said the Wrangell operation will retain its name and continue operating out of its existing locations.

“All … more

Wrangell Assembly passes pot zoning codes


The Wrangell Borough Assembly unanimously passed modifications to zoning ordinances to make way for marijuana businesses Tuesday. The ordinance lays out rules for all four types of marijuana licenses, growing, manufacturing, retail and testing.

Wrangell Economic Development Director, Carol Rushmore, … more

Ferry system’s proposed Summer 2017 schedule released

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 Tuesday released a proposed schedule for next summer.

Ferry system spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said it doesn’t show much of a decline compared to summer 2016. But he said the system will see about 10 fewer … more

Scholarship in name of Wrangell historian awarded for first time

Patricia Roppel ( Photo courtesy of Roppel family)

A scholarship in the name of a deceased Wrangell historian, Patricia Roppel, was awarded to its first recipient this summer.

The Tongass Historical Society announced the recipient of the THS Patricia Roppel Memorial Scholarship Fund last week. The scholarship is … more

Official Wrangell election results


Wrangell held its municipal elections Tuesday. The results were made official Thursday afternoon.

Wrangell’s Mayor David Jack was reelected for the second time by a wide margin. Opponent Kipha Valvoda received just 13 percent of the vote.

Jack was appointed … more

Your budget-gap solution might be more complicated than you think

Estimated jobs lost for various potential fiscal solutions. (Graph couresy of Muhcine Guettabi)

With the state’s fiscal woes looming over the next legislative session, there is a lot of talk about how to fill its multi-billion-dollar budget gap. Among the many suggestions are taxes, and communities are weighing several options. One suggestion is … more

Preliminary local election results


Wrangell held its local elections Tuesday, and the preliminary results are in.

Mayor David Jack was reelected for the second time Tuesday. In unofficial results, Jack received 321 votes. Opponent Kipha Valvoda received just 49.

Jack was appointed mayor in … more