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Zoning permit in question for Wrangell assisted-living home

The former Old Sourdough Lodge will become a assisted living facility (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

A conditional use permit for a potential assisted –living home in Wrangell is in question. The Sourdough Lodge, a former bed and breakfast, is planned to offer five assisted-living beds with 11 additional rooms for seniors. The new facility is … more

House Rep. Ortiz tours District 36 ahead of legislative session

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House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz stopped in Wrangell Tuesday to give the Wrangell Borough Assembly a preview of his goals going into the legislative session beginning on Jan. 17. With few options to fill the $3 billion budget gap, … more

Deed to AICS clinic in question as it merges with SEARHC

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There are still some unanswered questions in the merger between a Wrangell medical provider and Sitka-based Southeast Regional Health Consortium. SEARHC announced that it would be taking over Alaska Island Community Services or AICS in October. AICS will retain its … more

Gov. Walker proposes stable Fish and Game budget

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Gov. Bill Walker proposed cutting about 45 positions and $3.5 million from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s 2018 budget last week, significantly smaller than the $11.5 million in cuts over the past two years. But, Walker’s proposal calls … more

Funding for Shoemaker Harbor project included in Gov. Walker’s budget

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Wrangell received good news regarding the Shoemaker Bay Harbor project Thursday. Gov. Bill Walker proposed to appropriate $5 million for the state’s 50/50 harbor matching grant fund, just enough to cover Wrangell’s request.

The borough has been working to replace … more

Native support for Wrangell boarding school is uncertain

The final design proposal for the former Wrangell Institute property.

A committee overseeing a proposal for a 400-bed boarding school in Wrangell is seeking support from the Tanana Chiefs Conference, a non-profit Native corporation which serves 39 villages near Fairbanks. But, that support isn’t certain.

Master plan for Wrangell Institute

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Wrangell residents stand with Standing Rock

Wrangell residents protest Dakota Access oil pipeline at Kik-setti Totem Park (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

 

About 20 people gathered at Kiksadi Totem Park in Wrangell on Sunday to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The pipeline was set to cross under the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. The … more

Few changes made in final Tongass forest plan decision

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The Tongass Land Management Plan amendment, a 16 year transition toward young-growth logging, was finalized Friday. Tongass Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart signed the record of decision after considering objections from environmental and industry groups. Some have applauded the decision … more

Wrangell pot shop receives conditional use permit

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A proposed Wrangell marijuana business is one step closer to opening its doors. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit Thursday, requested by Happy Cannabis owner Kelsey Martinsen, for a retail store and grow operation.

All Wrangell … more

Legal battle between Wrangell and worker’s union heads to settlement proceedings

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A Ketchikan judge will oversee settlement talks in a contract dispute between Wrangell and a union representing city workers.

Superior Court Judge William Carey was appointed to oversee settlement proceedings Tuesday between Wrangell’s International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union and … more