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 By Dan Rudy    Sports    March 31, 2016

AAU girls sweep season undefeated

Wrangell's Amateur Athletic Union girls basketball team passed through the season unscathed, after tearing up the court in Juneau last week. Team Wrangell was unbeaten through three tournaments this... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 31, 2016

State eyes large cuts to public radio funding

With legislators currently working out a budget for the 2017 fiscal year, proposed cuts to public radio contributions have a numbers of stations turning up their dials. First hitting the airwaves in 1977, local radio station KSTK serves the Wrangell... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    March 31, 2016

Wolves cheer squad competes at State

Wrangell High School’s cheer squad represented the region with Petersburg last week during the Cheerleading State Championship on March 23. The squad took second place during Region V earlier this month, qualifying for the state-level competition...

 

The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. March 31, 1916: Dr. E.J. Wheeler, well-known Wrangell dentist, was elected Mayor of Wrangell at Tuesday’s election without opposition. He was given 171 votes. Neil Grant, John Coulter and H.H....

 

Police reports

Monday, March 21 Citizen Assist – Unlock Vehicle. MVA – Tire fell off, no one was injured. Tuesday, March 22 Suspicious Circumstance. Damaged Vehicle. Citizen Assist – Unlock Vehicle. Warrant Service (JPD) – Arrested Matthew Nakamura, 40, on...

 

Courts

Monday, March 21 Taylor W. Stavee, 24, appeared before District Court Judge Kevin Miller on the charges of Driving Without a License, Assault in the 4th Degree, Alcohol Restricted and multiple counts of Violating Condition of Release. The defendant...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 31, 2016

Dan's Dispatch: Our Obligation: The People of Alaska

I have the honor of serving as your representative in the Alaska State Legislature. The major issue facing our legislature this session is Alaska’s fiscal situation. I’m committed to the practice of a government of the people, by the people and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 31, 2016

Public nursing position vacated

Wrangell will temporarily be without a residential nurse at its Public Health Center for the foreseeable future. Public health nurse Ty Esposito retired from her position last week, departing from Wrangell on March 22. In the interim, nurse manager S...

 

Stikine Middle School Honor Roll

Principals Honor Roll: Kaylyn Easterly, Laura Helgeson, Tasha Massin, Trevor Miller, Jing O’Brien, Jade Balansag, Samantha Acuna, Liana Carney, Mercedes Morgan, Sophie O’Brien. Honor Roll: Madison Blackburn, Hannah Brown, Karri Buness, Aaliyah...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 31, 2016

Grant shines new light on old artwork

Visitors to the Wrangell Museum this year will have the chance to see its exhibits in a new light, after some 200 of the old four-foot fluorescent tubes were uninstalled and replaced with LED bulbs....

 

Court declines to hear Tongass appeal

JUNEAU (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review an appeals court decision that reinstated prohibitions on road-building and timber harvests in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest. Earthjustice attorney Tom Waldo called this...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 31, 2016

Adjusting the numbers: Wrangell weather 2015

In an article put out January 7, the Sentinel reported on some of the more notable facets of weather-related trivia for 2015. But according to one resident’s rain gauges, some of the numbers used didn’t quite add up. Bill Messmer has been...

 

Walker reiterates call for budget plan amid dour forecast

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A dour revenue forecast brought with it a warning from Gov. Bill Walker that state legislators need to deliver a plan to address Alaska’s multibillion-dollar deficit this year or face a special session. Legislative leaders...

 

Wrong replacement part delivered to the Pilot

For the third week in a row, editions of the Petersburg Pilot and Wrangell Sentinel have been delayed. The replacement part to repair the Pilot’s plate maker arrived on Saturday and was found to be the wrong part. A repair technician apparently...

 

Bills propose increased contributions to public employee pension plans

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Bills calling for increased local contributions to two state pension programs and an overhaul of a community assistance program have been proposed in the Alaska Senate as lawmakers look to further cut costs amid a bulging...

 

Local bank celebrates first century

The local Wells Fargo branch celebrated a century of business in Wrangell last weekend, with a community appreciation day held on Friday. Patrons to the bank and curious bystanders were able to check...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 31, 2016

Fish Factor

Alaska’s 2016 salmon harvest will be down by 40 percent from last year’s catch, if the fish show up as predicted. The preliminary numbers released by the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game call for a total catch of 161 million salmon this year; the...

 

Study: Juneau Ice Field to shrink if warming continues

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A Rhode Island-size ice field in the mountains behind Alaska’s capital could disappear by 2200 if climate-warming trends continue, according to a University of Alaska Fairbanks study. The study published this week by the...

 

Potential Alaska marijuana businesses focus on cultivation

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – People interested in getting the green light to start marijuana businesses in Alaska are more focused on cultivation than retail. About two-thirds of the applications submitted to the Marijuana Control Board are for...

 

Sanders wins Alaska Democratic presidential caucuses

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Alaska Democratic party’s presidential caucuses by a wide margin Saturday over former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Large crowds and long lines were reported at some caucus sites,...

 

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