Articles from the April 2, 2015 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Swan Lake bond sale moves ahead

A project to improve storage capacity at Southeast Alaska Power Agency's (SEAPA) Swan Lake hydropower facility continues along with efforts to finance it with up to $11.36 million in bond sales. Over... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Hospital board discusses finances, facility future

For the first time in more than two months the board of trustees for Wrangell Medical Center found themselves with a quorum March 25, in a meeting postponed from the 18th. The hospital’s financial situation remains delicate as staff recover from a... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Legislators look at budget cuts, Medicaid expansion

Wrangell residents and other Alaskans from around the state were given more opportunity to voice concerns over impending cuts to state programming during a public hearing held Monday evening for the draft of next year's budget being considered by... Full story

 

The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. April 8, 1915: Election day in Wrangell passed off quietly last Tuesday, there being very little interest shown other than going to the polls to vote. Only one lady, Mrs. J.G. Grant, availed herself of...

 

Burn permit requirement begins

Alaska Department of Natural Resources reminds residents the state’s wildland fire season officially begins this month. From now until the end of August permits will be necessary for the open burning of brush, grass, slash and yard debris....

 

Police reports

Monday, March 23 Report of Possible Harassment. Tuesday, March 24 Citizen Assist—Officer unlocked vehicle. Report of Possible Theft. Parking Complaint. Officer responded. Agency Assist—EMTs requested. Wednesday, March 25 Noise Complaint. Traffic...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Logger found dead of natural causes on Zarembo

Workers at a logging camp on nearby Zarembo Island discovered the body of a Nevada man in the early evening of March 24. David Fussell, 55, of Stagecoach, Nev., was found unresponsive by a coworker in the passenger seat of a parked truck. First aid...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Wrangell prepares for this year's regional Artfest

The high school is getting ready to sponsor a bit of culture, as it comes Wrangell's turn to host this year's Southeast Alaska Regional Artfest next week. Sixty students and 15 teachers from schools...

 

Death Notice

John Eilertsen passed away Friday, March 27, 2015. Services will be announced at a later time. An obituary will follow.... Full story

 

Obituary, Obituary: Laura Nan Johnston, 82

Laura Nan Johnston, 82 died on January 19, 2015. Born to Wendell and June Abell, on February 26, 1932 in Chama, N.M. Laura's mother taught for The Bureau of Indian Affairs moving them to Sitka,... Full story

 

School News

Emily Cox of Wrangell, AK, has been named to the Provost’s List at Troy University for Term 3 of the 2014/2015 academic year....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

New ferry service to hop SE islands

While the threat of service reductions looms over the Alaska Marine Highway System as the Legislature devises its budget, starting this summer travelers will at least have another option to hop...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Annual Health Fair to be held this weekend

Wrangell residents are invited to shake off their winter malaise and step down to the annual Health Fair this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon inside the Nolan Center. The fair will feature booths put up by 45 different agencies, groups and...

 

Panels propose cuts to education, public defender agency

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska's top public defender said Friday that there will be delays in criminal trials and appeals if a proposed $1.2 million cut to his agency goes forward. A Senate subcommittee on Thursday proposed the cut to the public defe...

 

Conference connects schools, entrepreneurs on food security

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ Where does your food come from? Where does your kid's school lunch come from? Ninety-five percent of the time, the answer is a barge. Lia Heifetz, owner of Grow Southeast and Food Security Coordinator for Southeast Conference,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 2, 2015

Fish Factor

Volunteers are needed to help craft new safety rules that are being written for older boats – which includes the bulk of Alaska’s fishing vessels. Called the Alternate Compliance Safety Program (ACSP), it is part of the 2010 US Coast Guard...

 
 By Dani Palmer    Dockside    April 2, 2015

Pink salmon season prep underway

PETERSBURG – Those looking to work at Petersburg’s fish processors will have a good chance to jump onboard with this summer’s pink salmon season predicted to be a big one. “The 2015 harvest forecast of 58 million pink salmon is well above...

 

Federal study lists northwest Alaska climate change winners

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Some northwest Alaska bird species could benefit from climate change but increased temperatures could harm populations of several mammals, a federal study has concluded. More shrubs and trees and less tundra could help...

 

Senate passes bill decriminalizing pot in state statutes

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ The Alaska Senate on Monday got closer to having state statutes reflect what remains illegal after Alaska voters legalized limited recreational marijuana last year. The bill passed on a 17-3 vote and outlines crimes for...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Conservation groups appeal Big Thorne ruling

Environmental organization Earthjustice announced last Friday groups it is representing in a trio of lawsuits opposed to U.S. Forest Service’s Big Thorne timber sale have filed two notices of appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,...

 

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