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 By Dan Rudy    News    January 25, 2018

Court back in session at Public Safety Building

After two months of suspended activity, Alaska Court System has worked out an arrangement with the City of Wrangell so that its staff can resume local legal services. The courtroom and adjoining offices are housed on the second floor of the Public...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 25, 2018

Shoemaker rebuild coming along after clean bill of health

Following a clean bill of health from contaminants testing of dredge material at Shoemaker Bay, the harbor restoration project looks to be continuing on schedule. Department of Transportation and Publ...

 

Traffic report: rock slide near mill property

A sizable rock slide along Zimovia Highway Thursday evening temporarily blocked off access to traffic. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities was notified of the slide at 7:30...

 

The Way We Were

January 31, 1918: The next contract for carrying mail from Wrangell to the West Coast points will almost certainly go to Leo McCormack. Mr. McCormack has received notice from the government that his proposal has been accepted. The West Coast mail...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 25, 2018

Columbia misses week over mechanical issues

The sole ferry linking the region’s seaside communities has had to skip a week of its winter schedule due to mechanical problems. Alaska Marine Highway System reported the M/V Columbia has had to remain in Bellingham, Washington, after its arrival...

 

Police report

Monday, January 15 Theft reported. Found property. Citation issued to Donna McKay, 64, for proof of insurance and verbal warning for faulty brake lights. Arrested on charges of Violating Conditions of Release: Joel Franks, 52. Tuesday, January 16...

 

Dan's Dispatch- Governor Walker's Budget Proposal

Governor Walker submitted a budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The proposed budget includes a direct increase of $34 million in Public Safety Investments, funding for Medicaid, health care reform strategies, and deferred maintenance projects...

 

Anan private permits to become available Feb. 1

The Wrangell Ranger District reported Tuesday that permits for the upcoming visiting season at Anan Wildlife Observatory will become available next week. Managed by the United States Forest Service, the observatory is among Wrangell’s top visitor...

 

Tsunami scare Tuesday brief but harmless

Wrangell residents were among those in communities ringing the Gulf of Alaska who were alerted to a tsunami warning just after midnight Tuesday, following reports of an 8.2 magnitude earthquake...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    January 25, 2018

Lady Wolves win two in first home games

The Lady Wolves won a pair of games last week against Haines, during Wrangell's first home games of the 2017/18 season. The two wins put Wrangell at 4-2 so far during its regular basketball season, wh...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    January 25, 2018

Glacier Bears and Wolves split in Wrangell home games

Wrangell High School's boys basketball team split another weekend with its regional rivals during last week's games. Hosting Haines, it was the Wolves' first home games after several weeks on the...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Sea otter predation and their impacts were among topics at the Board of Fisheries meeting in Sitka

Sea otters and their devastating impacts on Southeast Alaska shellfish were among the many emotionally-charged topics at the state Board of Fisheries marathon meeting running from January 11-23 in Sitka.  The Board was set to address 153 proposals...

 

POW captain receives fine, loses boat for creek robbing

On January 10 the Department of Law reported a Prince of Wales fisherman had been sentenced for a number of misdemeanor counts related to fishing violations. Commercial salmon seine captain Curtis Demmert was sentenced to multiple misdemeanor...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 25, 2018

A.G. decision unlikely to alter cannabis legalization in Alaska

Despite a rescinding of Obama-era orders allowing for the state-by-state legalization process of marijuana earlier this month, the relationship between federal and Alaskan agencies seem unlikely to change at the moment. On January 4 Attorney General...

 

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