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 By Dan Rudy    News    February 22, 2018

Cruise industry shines amid murky economy at SEC

Southeast Conference held its annual Mid-Session Summit in Juneau last week, turning the region’s attention to the state of its economy as legislators reach the mid-point of their 2018 regular session. For much of it, the outlook is pretty grim....

 

Hunt begins for new superintendent, schools strategize future goals

Wrangell Public Schools will begin searching for a new superintendent. Meeting Monday, the Public School Board approved moving forward with a search for candidates. Superintendent Patrick Mayer had si...

 

The Way We Were

February 28, 1918: From one of the Dailies of Alaska: “It is pretty generally believed that a bunch of women can’t get along together for any length of time without a lot of friction,” says Miss Anna Durkee, head of the Alaska Garnet Mining...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 22, 2018

Resident bequeaths $50,000 to city visitors bureau

City staff from several departments were surprised to learn of one late resident's generosity. At its meeting in early December, the Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau discussed news that Marian G...

 

Trooper report

February 3 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Wrangell Post, concluded a residency investigation involving Stephen Nesbitt, age 49 from Washington. Investigation determined Nesbitt was claiming Alaska residency on his fishing licenses while receiving...

 

Police Report

Monday, February 12 Illegal parking: Citation issued to Kevin Bylow, 47, for Parked Blocking Roadway. Citizen assist: Unlock vehicle. Theft: Vehicle. Tuesday, February 13 Agency assist: MVA. MVA reported. Illegal Parking: Verbal warning to move...

 

Letter to The Editor

To the Editor: Again, another slaughter of defenseless kids and teachers. Again, the same dialog, “outlaw assault rifles”——-“do better background checks”—-“stricter gun laws—-.“ It’s always the same outcry without a word about...

 

Mumps hits Juneau for first time in 20 years

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Doctors confirmed the presence of mumps in Juneau for the first time in more than two decades. There has been one confirmed case of the disease in Juneau as of Thursday, and three other possible cases, Juneau Public Health Cen...

 

Budget cuts pose danger to residents, officials say

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska environmental conservation officials warned lawmakers that budget cuts are increasing the dangers to residents. The state Department of Environmental Conservation gave the warning as lawmakers work this week to finalize...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    February 22, 2018

Wrangell boys just short in OT hosting Chiefs

The Wrangell Wolves chalked up a pair of losses last weekend hosting the Metlakatla Chiefs, though it easily could have been a split between the two teams. Friday's evening game was a blowout for the...

 

Sport fishing licenses down but revenues up

KENAI, Alaska (AP) – Sport-fishing license sales dropped in Alaska last year, despite the state Department of Fish and Game recording an increase in revenue from license sales. Division of Sportfish Director Tom Brookover said Tuesday that the depa...

 

Close losses in Lady Wolves home games

Playing at home over the weekend, the Lady Wolves had a pair of close games against Metlakatla High School. “They were really good games for the girls,” said Wrangell basketball coach Laurie BrownThe Miss Chiefs held a double-digit lead through...

 

Kodiak researchers to look into declining cod stocks

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – Kodiak researchers will study why Pacific cod stocks have been shrinking over the past few years. The Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center researchers will collect information about the habitat use, diet and energetics of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    February 22, 2018

Middle school b-ball program holding tourney this weekend

Wrangell's Amateur Athletics Union basketball program will be hosting its 2018 invitational this weekend. A gap bridging program for middle school girls interested in the sport, this is the Wrangell...

 

Fish Factor: NOAA Fisheries is facing a $110.4 million drop to $837.3 million, a 14 percent budget cut

The Trump Administration’s $4.4 trillion federal budget for next year takes some mean whacks to programs that affect fisheries. Off the top, the spending plan unveiled on February 12 cuts the budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administ...

 

What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ A study of bears and berries has determined that the big animals are the main dispersers of fruit seeds in southeast Alaska. The study by Oregon State University researchers says it’s the first instance of a temperate...

 

State official blasts Juneau's bid to annex island land

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) ­– Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott criticized Juneau’s bid for annexation, saying the state’s capital city is not being a good neighbor. Speaking at a conference Wednesday, Mallott lambasted officials for trying to annex parts of...

 

Alaska mulls liability protections for pesticide on poles

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Senate is considering a bill that would exempt utility companies from liability related to a pesticide used on most wooden power poles in the state. The bill comes after federal wildlife officials alerted state...

 

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