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Articles from the April 12, 2018 edition

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 By Ben Muir    News    April 12, 2018

If numbers work, hospital on its way to SEARHC management

If it proves financially feasible, Wrangell Medical Center may soon pass from municipal ownership to new management. At a public meeting held inside the Nolan Center on Monday evening,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Wrangell catches senator's ear on SE visit

Sen. Dan Sullivan stopped into Wrangell for a lightning tour Friday, arriving on the morning jet and taking off that afternoon for Ketchikan. His visit to Wrangell was the first since being sworn in,...

 

The Way We Were

April 18, 1943 The concentration of Alaska’s salmon canning industry is running smoothly and there is every indication that in the season, which begins next month, the industry will be able to increase its pack over last year. The coordination orde...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    April 12, 2018

Petersburg man charged in heroin investigation

PETERSBURG – A Petersburg man is facing controlled substance charges after police intercepted a package shipped to him that contained about an ounce of heroin. Kelsey McCay, 25, was arrested on...

 

Trooper report

March 14 Heather Miethe, 47, from Wrangell was determined to be operating more than the allowed 10 shrimp pots, following investigation by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Wrangell and Petersburg posts. Miethe has been issued a summons in the Wrangell...

 

Court report

March 19 Lief C. Bosdell, 19, appeared before First District Court Judge Kevin Miller to face two counts, a class C felony count of Vehicular Theft 1 and a class A misdemeanor charge of Assault 4 – Cause Fear of Injury. He pleaded guilty to these,...

 

Police Report

Monday, April 2 Agency assist. Citizen assist: Civil standby. Civil issue. MVA: Vehicle vs. deer around 3-mile: Deer ran off into the woods. Tuesday, April 3 Charged with criminal mischief I : Assault IV : Daniel Eklund,31. Traffic stop: Driving...

 

Obituary: Shannon Diane Gillen (Booga), 40

Shannon Diane Gillen (Booga) passed away April 1, in Anchorage Alaska. She was born November 17, 1977 in Wrangell, Alaska to Timothy Gillen Sr. (Wrangell) and Jinx Clark (Reedsport, Oregon). Shannon...

 

Nets tightened across 2018 Chinook fisheries

The state Department of Fish and Game has announced its 2018 preseason estimates for Chinook salmon, and its all-gear harvest limit for Southeast Alaska under provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. In its release last week, the department set the...

 

Reflections

Jeremiah 31:21a “Set up for yourself road marks, Place for yourself guideposts; …” Guideposts are really necessary to see where you are going and where you have been. I wanted to see Rainbow Falls when it was frozen. A couple of months ago, a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Lancaster chosen as new school superintendent

The presses were on hold early Wednesday morning as Wrangell Public School District announced its decision regarding the next superintendent. The WPSD Board has selected candidate Debbe Lancaster for the position, who will begin July 1. The board...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Superintendent finalists converge on school district

Three finalists for the Wrangell Public School District superintendent position made a joint visit to the island earlier this week. Patricia Hutcherson, Debbe Lancaster and Bill Schildbach were the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Palmer siblings learn in Ecuador after Wrangell fundraisers

A pair of Anchorage-area students were able to take the trip of a lifetime last month, heading to Ecuador with their class on a service learning trip. Mother Kara Carey said her children, daughter Tay...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Time for spring cleaning around the island

The snow around Wrangell has at last abated, temperatures are above freezing once again and spring is in the air. Left behind in the sweep of this seasonal change, a winter’s worth of litter, rubbish and debris have reappeared along city streets...

 

Alaska tourism leaders look to fund marketing amid cuts

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The leaders of Alaska’s largest travel industry trade group are looking for ways to fill a void in their marketing budget created by cuts from lawmakers. The tourism industry has been a bright spot in an otherwise...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 12, 2018

Fish Factor: April brought mixed bag for several Alaska fisheries, starting with huge slump in herring haul at Sitka Sound

Spring is usually the busiest time of year for brokers in the buy/sell/trade business for Alaska salmon permits. But that’s not the case this year. Values for several salmon permits had ticked upwards after a blockbuster salmon fishery in 2017,...

 

Coho derby details set, to start August 11

The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce announced last Friday it had finalized details for a coho salmon derby for the late summer, taking the place of its annual king salmon tournament it recently...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Workplace safety takes higher priority on city to-do list

Not on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, safety procedures among city workers developed into a topic for discussion for the City and Borough Assembly. After delivering her regular borough manager’s report, Lisa Von Bargen took a moment to absorb...

 

Alaska seeks to recover bridge costs after strike

ANCHORAGE (AP) – The state will attempt to recoup the costs of repairing a bridge over a major highway outside Anchorage that was struck by an over-height truck last month. The Alaska Department of Transportation hopes to recover the costs from...

 

Big items remain as legislative session nears end

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Legislature is in its final week of a scheduled 90-day session, with budgets to complete and questions over what it will take for lawmakers to consider their job finished for the year. Senate President Pete Kelly...

 

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