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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 21, 2016

Water shortage prompts state of emergency in Wrangell

With the supply of treated water dangerously low, the Borough Assembly officially declared the city to be in a state of disaster Tuesday evening. The decision was reached during a special session in which officials met with departmental staff and... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 21, 2016

Assembly supports timber sale in special meeting

The City and Borough of Wrangell has officially endorsed a plan being put forward by the United States Forest Service concerning future timber sales on the island. In a special meeting on July 15, the Borough Assembly gave its input on a letter of su... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 21, 2016

SEC names 12 to ferry restructure steering committee

A steering committee has been selected to head up restructuring of the Alaska Marine Highway System. In May the office of Gov. Bill Walker tasked regional economic forum Southeast Conference with revitalizing the state’s maritime transportation... Full story

 

The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 75, 50 and 25 years ago. July 21, 1941: A lively blaze in the basement of Wrangell hotel last Saturday at dinner time caused a flurry of excitement among guests and did damage estimated at $20,000. But for the prompt work of...

 

Courts

July 11 Matthew A. Nakamura, 41, appeared before First District Judicial Officer Kevin Miller for a dismissal of charges. A charge of Theft 3 – Value $250-$749 was dropped by the prosecution. July 13 Casey M. McDonald, 58, appeared before First...

 

Police reports

Monday, July 11 Parking Complaint. Tuesday, July 12 Parking Complaint. Found Property. Citizen Assist – Officer unlocked vehicle. Wednesday, July 13 Agency Assist. Driving Complaint. Agency Assist/Random Breath Test. Suspicious Person....

 

Muskeg Meadows news

The Ottesen’s True Value Best Ball Tournament was held July 16 and 17 with 33 participants. July 16: First Place Team: Wayne Harding, Kathleen Harding, Grover Mathis. Net score: 18, Team Handicap: 17. Second Place Team: Jerry Bakeberg, Robert...

 

Obituary: Dorothy 'Dot' Dow, 94

Dorothy 'Dot' Dow, 94, passed away on July 13, 2016. She was born in Wilton, Maine, July 8, 1922, the youngest of three children. She graduated from Wilton Academy and attended secretarial school... Full story

 

Alaska House ends session without addressing Walker's bills

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska House ended the special session Friday, marred by deep divisions and unable to come to terms on a plan to address the state’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit. A number of legislators took turns saying their...

 

Fourth of July results

2016 Barb Neyman Toddler Games Candy Races Babies Not Yet Walking 1st: Finley Churchill Not Yet 2 Girls: 1st place - (tie) Eva Roberts, Fiona Scambler; 2nd place - Verity Emma Welch; 3rd place - Rosslyn Nore; Honorable Mention: Elise Tlachac,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 21, 2016

New bear decoration highlights Russian heritage

As Wrangell gears up for its 7th Annual Bearfest next week, locals may have already noticed the festival's distinctive bears popping up around town. Since its founding in 2010, each year a new...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 21, 2016

Fish Factor

The decades-old ‘bycatch to food banks’ program has grown far beyond its original Alaska beginnings. Today, only 10 percent of the fish going to hunger relief programs is bycatch of primarily halibut and salmon taken accidentally in other...

 

Lower costs for heating oil to slow natural gas conversion - Expands with quotes, details

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A newly released report shows that about a third of households in interior Alaska won’t make the switch to natural gas once it’s more widely available because of low heating oil prices. The Interior Energy Project’s...

 

Sitka to consider condemning building due to landslide risk

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – The Sitka city administrator is seeking condemnation of an administration building at risk from landslides and the cancellation of property leases there. A landslide hit the building at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park on Aug....

 

Wilson represents Alaska at Republican National Convention

The 41st Republican National Convention came to order on Monday and representing the largest state in regards to area, the delegation from Alaska is situated in between New Hampshire and Nebraska on the convention floor. After spending a week before...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 21, 2016

P&Z moves ahead with drafting pot updates to zoning

Wrangell has moved a step closer toward the opening of licensed marijuana-related businesses, with Planning and Zoning forwarding its recommendations for code updates to the city’s clerk and lawyer. Basing the proposal on conclusions reached by...

 

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