Articles from the April 13, 2017 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    April 13, 2017

Von Bargen chosen as new borough manager, OKs sand for water filters

The Wrangell Borough Assembly chose its new city manager on Tuesday, bringing to an end a search to replace recently retired manager Jeff Jabusch. Lisa Von Bargen, currently the community and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    April 13, 2017

Wrangell swimmers end season with a splash

Wrangell's junior swimmers competed in their fourth competitive meet last week, traveling to Ketchikan for the annual Spring Splash. Still in its first year, the Swim Club sent 17 swimmers to the...

 

The Way We Were

April 19, 1917: Old Glory is now in evidence in Wrangell as never before. Almost every house has its flag. But there is one mammoth flag, which represents the town as a whole. It is 10x20 feet in size and was hoisted last Friday on Mount Dewey. A tal...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 13, 2017

Health Trust land swap explained in public meeting

Administrators for the Mental Health Trust Land Office last week finished off a series of meetings held to inform the public about an impending land exchange. More than a decade in the making, the...

 

Police reports

Monday, April 3 Agency Assist: Notification from FD. Tuesday, April 4 Report of Theft. Found Property. DVO: Person came into the station and spoke with officer. Wednesday, April 5 Pager Service. Thursday, April 6 Subpoena Service. Traffic: Verbal...

 

Dan's Dispatch

As expected, it’s been a challenging legislative session, and from here on, the budget will be the forefront of every discussion. Both the House and the Senate are creating Alaska’s budget, but it’s clear that the bodies have differing...

 

Death Notice

Joyce Bryner passed away on April 1, 2017, in Morgan Town West, Virginia. Obituary and service time will follow at a later date....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 13, 2017

Questions fielded, tempers flare during constituency visit

PETERSBURG – Petersburg was paid a visit by longstanding United States Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) on Monday, part of a wider tour of Southeast that includes Ketchikan and Juneau. Extra chairs had to...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 13, 2017

Parks survey to see what gets Wrangell out

A survey being put out by Wrangell’s Parks Department will be digging into the community’s recreational priorities in the coming years. “With the current climate of our state economy and the increasing demand for our current facilities, we...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 13, 2017

Pink numbers expected up in 2017 forecast

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released its forecast for commercial salmon harvests this year, projecting a strong run of pinks for Southeast in 2017. If panning out as projected, the news...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 13, 2017

Collection drive focusing on e-waste this weekend

The environmental office of Wrangell Cooperative Association will be holding a collection drive for residents’ unwanted electronics this weekend. The drive involves the collection, transport and reclamation of an assortment of technological...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 13, 2017

Fish Factor

Automation is coming to Alaska fishing boats in the form of cameras and sensors to track what’s coming and going over the rails. Starting next year, Electronic Monitoring systems (EM) can officially replace human observers as fishery data...

 

Net pen grounded for repairs near Sandy Beach in Petersburg

PETERSBURG - Early Tuesday morning the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association's floating net pens were being moved into position near the mouth of City Creek, when a structural failure...

 

2017 Southeast Alaska troll chinook salmon quota

SITKA - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced April 10 that under Chinook salmon management provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty the 2017 abundance index for Southeast Alaska has been calculated to be 1.27, which results in an all-gear...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 13, 2017

Birding festival takes off at month's end

The schedule of events for the 20th annual Stikine River Birding Festival has been put out. Running from April 27 to 30 this year, the annual festival brings in ornithologists and bird fanciers from all over to appreciate the varied avian life...

 

Juneau approves another $100,000 for cruise ship lawsuit

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) –The city of Juneau has decided to put up another $100,000 to defend itself in a lawsuit brought by the cruise industry alleging it misused funds paid by cruise ship passengers. The $100,000 approved by the Juneau Assembly on...

 

Seasonal bat survey being conducted in southeast Alaska

PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) – A group of volunteers from five southeast Alaska communities is working to document bats as part of a program aimed at combating a deadly virus caused by the animals. Volunteers from Petersburg, Juneau, Haines, Sitka and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 13, 2017

Assembly works to keep water flowing this summer

Ahead of the coming summer, the Borough Assembly held a special meeting on April 6 to get an update on the city's water situation. Last summer Wrangell entered a state of emergency for a month, after...

 

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