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

Southeast Watershed Coalition works to build local food market

Meredith Pochardt teaches about local foods in Angoon. (courtesy of Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition)

Southeast food producers and fisherman may be able to expand their markets in the near future. The Southeast Watershed Coalition is working to set up a system to sell and distribute local foods throughout the region over the next three … more

Three contested races in Wrangell elections


Wrangell’s local elections are next Tuesday. There are three contested races for mayor, school board and the hospital board.

Mayor David Jack is running for reelection against Kipha Valvoda. Jack was appointed mayor in 2013 after Don McConachie resigned from … more

DEC cleans up former Byford Junkyard


Byford Junkyard after cleanup. (Courtesy of DEC)

Wrangell’s former Byford Junkyard site about four miles south of town has a clean bill of health. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that soil contaminated with lead and petroleum … more

Assembly urges Mental Health to reconsider 115 acres and takes step towards pot ordinance


The Wrangell Borough Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday urging the Alaska Mental Health Trust to reconsider trading 115 acres of land to the Forest Service and passed the first reading of Marijuana zoning codes.

The Wrangell assembly’s resolution supports an … more

Native leaders call for federal involvement on transboundary mining

red chris mine

A group of Alaska Native leaders said the Alaska congressional delegation’s Sept. 8 letter to the U.S. State Department on transboundary mining is not enough.

The United Tribal Transboundary Mining Group, a union of 15 federally recognized Alaska tribes, said … more

Wrangell may have solution to growing scrap metal issue


Wrangell could soon see a sustainable solution to its growing scrap metal pile at the city dump. Waste Management is working on proposals for all Southeast Alaska Regional Solid Waste Authority – or SEASWA – communities that could provide regular … more