Ocean acidification has been big news lately. Experts have spoken about the possible consequences for shellfish and the critters that eat them but, its actual impact in Southeast Alaska is not known. Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research, a network of 15 Southeast tribes, hopes to answer that question. Wrangell and fourteen other tribes have […]
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Southeast Conference is gearing up for Phase 2 of its Alaska Marine Highway System reform project. Southeast Conference Board President Chelsea Goucher gave an overview of Phase 1 during a presentation this week at the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch.
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Wrangell’s borough manager is asking Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski to use caution when repealing the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. The borough fears a hasty approach may have unintended consequences for rural hospitals such as Wrangell’s. Borough Manager Jeff Jabusch wrote a letter to Murkowski earlier this month listing several concerns about repealing President Barack […]
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Wrangell’s representative in the Alaska House supports a bill in the legislature to implement a state income tax and the use of Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government. The House Finance Committee heard testimony on House Bill 115 Friday. The legislation is a multifaceted approach to the state’s multi-billion-dollar budget gap. Ketchikan independent […]
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During a news conference in Ketchikan, Murkowski gave her thoughts on the Trump administration and some of the president’s appointees. She also met with demonstrators before speaking at an AARP meeting.
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A merger between Wrangell-based medical provider Alaska Island Community Services and Southeast Regional Health Consortium has been delayed. The affiliation was intended to be completed February 1. Operations Officer Carly Allen said the delay will not change the process. “Unfortunately the combination of holidays and the complexity of our funding relationships with all the various […]
The search for Wrangell’s next borough manager will continue. After interviewing its last candidate, the Wrangell Borough Assembly announced Wednesday it will start from scratch. The assembly interviewed its last prospect, former Bethel City Manager Ann Capela, for the position Tuesday. The assembly discussed its options in executive session for about an hour before assembly […]
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Last Saturday, the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood Camps 14 and 15 kicked off a week of events honoring Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich. A family celebration was held at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center that day. The all-day celebration began with a car parade and a showing of the film “For the Rights of […]
Ketchikan Indian Community began a phytoplankton and shellfish monitoring program in Ketchikan as part of the Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins Program. Shellfish on local beaches are being tested for the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.
House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz introduced a resolution Monday pushing for water monitoring on several transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska. House Joint Resolution Nine is different from a similar measure Ortiz pushed for in 2015, asking for involvement from the International Joint Commission. That’s a U.S.-Canada panel that addresses transboundary water issues. Ortiz’s current […]
The City and Borough of Wrangell has narrowed down its prospects for the borough manager position to two candidates. Current Manager Jeff Jabusch announced his retirement in September. The hiring committee made up of Wrangell Borough Assembly members and borough administration started the process last fall, sifting through 21 applicants. Assembly member Mark Mitchell said […]
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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 planned to be called Harbor House. New owners Shannon Bosdell and Daniel Blake requested a conditional […]
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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 Army Corps of Engineers denied a necessary permit for the project last week. Protest organizer Jillian Privett […]
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 aimed at students studying Alaska’s history, especially history in Southeast. According to a Sit News report, University of […]
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