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 By Dan Rudy    News    February 4, 2016

Senate taking testimony tonight on PFD bill

Since Tuesday the Senate State Affairs Committee has been reviewing Senate Bill 128, and will formally be collecting testimony and public comment later today. The bill was submitted to the Senate by Gov. Bill Walker last month under the authority... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 4, 2016

City capital projects list to go to Legislature

At its end-of-month meeting Jan. 26, The Wrangell City and Borough Assembly approved a list of capital budget requests for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins July 1. More than 50 projects costing... Full story

 

The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. February 2, 1916: The Wrangell Fire Department met in regular session at the city hall last Monday evening. A good bunch of the boys were present, and the most interesting feature was the reading of a let...

 

Police reports

Monday, January 25 Agency Assist – Alarm. Report of Lost Medication – Medicine Found. Traffic Complaint. Tuesday, January 26 Agency Assist – Alarm. Citizen Assist/Opened Door. Arrested Daniel Watts, 29, on charges of Parole Violation. Domestic...

 

Courts

Monday, January 25 Jesse A. Oglend, 25, appeared at First District Court in Wrangell before Judge Kevin Miller on an assortment of charges. The defendant pleaded guilty to Assault in the 4th Degree and Criminal Mischief – Property Damage, with one...

 

Truck takes out playground fence at Shoemaker

A vehicle lost control near Shoemaker Bay Monday morning and took out about 260 feet of chain-link fencing around a playground. In a pickup truck on Zimovia Highway northward toward town, a driver...

 

Dan's Dispatch

Our Alaska State Constitution requires the Alaska State Legislature to ensure our natural resources are managed for the maximum benefit of Alaskans. In the interest of managing our seafood resources, our state fishing institutions should reflect our...

 

Editorial: Divert funds for Kake Road Project

Since the Department of Transportation continues to push ahead on the Kake-Petersburg Road, it’s appropriate that the Borough Assembly takes action to divert funds from the project. Nothing kills a road project quicker than taking the money off...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    February 4, 2016

Boys win two at home versus Craig

Wrangell High School's boys basketball team chalked up a pair of wins at home over the weekend. The Wolves captured the momentum early on in Friday's game, leading throughout the high-scoring matchup...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    February 4, 2016

Girls edge Craig in last-second win

The Lady Wolves took their first win of the season last weekend at Craig High School, scoring the winning points in the last few seconds of the game. Friday’s basketball game saw a lot of back-and-forth but low scoring, with the Lady Panthers ahead...

 

State construction spending expected to drop 18 percent

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A newly released report from the University of Alaska projects a significant drop in state spending this year on the construction industry. The annual report from the university’s Institute of Social and Economic...

 

Alaska quake renews focus on state's emergency readiness

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Alaska’s most populous region has renewed focus on the state’s readiness to deal with a natural disaster. And it’s not just earthquakes that pose a danger across the vast state but also...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 4, 2016

State ed. department backing away from AMP test

The commissioner for the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development announced the state will be replacing its Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) assessment. The exam was first administered during the 2014-15 school year, after being selected... Full story

 

Fish Factor

Alaska’s halibut stocks are showing signs of an uptick and fishermen’s catches will not be slashed for the first time in 15 years. Fishery managers on Friday set the coast wide Pacific halibut harvest for 2016 at 29.89 million pounds, a 2.3...

 

Deer season no more

The Sitka black-tailed deer hunting season is now closed in Southeast Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reminds all hunters who have obtained deer harvest tickets to return completed hunt reports to their nearest office. Even those who...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 4, 2016

Moda Health restricted from issuing Alaska policies

One of Alaska’s two primary insurers offering individual health plans has been restricted from continuing business in the state. On Jan. 28 the Alaska Division of Insurance announced it was limiting the business practices of Moda Health Plan,...

 

Pot testing rules difficult to meet for island communities

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has turned down a proposed change to marijuana regulations that would have made it easier for southeast and rural Alaska communities to comply with testing requirements. Mallott signed testing...

 

Wrangell AC wraps up game proposal recommendations

Wrapping up the last of this year’s game proposals, Wrangell’s Advisory Committee (AC) for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s regulatory boards held its last meeting of the year on Jan. 28. Comments gathered by the committee – made up...

 

Bill would protect animals in domestic violence situations

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A state House committee plans to hear legislation spelling out protections for animals caught in messy split-ups between couples. The bill has broad bipartisan support in the House. It would amend state laws to require owners...

 

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