Articles from the July 27, 2017 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 27, 2017

New manager learning ins and outs, union raise extended to other workers

Wrangell’s new city manager sat in on her first meeting of the City and Borough Assembly Tuesday evening. Starting work last week, Lisa Von Bargen gave her first report to council members on the state of city departments. Offered the job back in...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 27, 2017

Tourney loses one day to weather, hole-in-one jackpot unclaimed

Intermittent rains and wind on Saturday prompted Muskeg Meadows Golf Course to cancel one of its two days scheduled for the First Bank Golf Tournament. Twenty-six golfers from Wrangell and Petersburg...

 

The Way We Were

August 2, 1917: At the last meeting of the Civic Improvement Club it was decided to purchase from Mrs. Minnie Rosenthal of Seattle the lot adjoining the school property on the southeast. This lot is to be used as a children’s playground, and will...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 27, 2017

New police officer joins Wrangell ranks

A new officer has joined Wrangell Police Department, bringing its staffing levels closer to optimal. Recently retired from the United States Coast Guard, Eric Wolf began work in Wrangell as an officer at the end of June. After 12 years of active...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 27, 2017

Medical call outside Wrangell delays luxury liner itinerary

Wrapping up a visit to Wrangell over the weekend, cruise ship The World was on its way to Petersburg late Monday when a medical emergency took precedence. Wrangell Fire Chief Tim Buness received a...

 

Trooper report

On July 15, 2017 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Wrangell Post, cited Randy Scherer, age 64 of Arkansas, for making a false statement on a sport fishing license.  Investigation revealed Scherer claimed to be an AK resident on his 2017 sport fishing...

 

Police Report

Monday, July 17 Suspicious circumstance. Tuesday, July 18 Agency Assist: Harbor Department. Report of disturbance. Welfare check, all is ok. Wednesday, July 19 Citizen Assist: Unlock vehicle. Report of disturbance. Citizen Assist: Unlock vehicle....

 

Dan's Dispatch

As the fisheries industry continues to expand and Wrangell’s Marine Service Center’s services demand increases, I believe Wrangell’s economy has nowhere to go but up. However, to accommodate this growth, the state must maintain their services...

 

Missile defense test scheduled for next week at Kodiak

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. will conduct as soon as next weekend another test of a missile defense system meant to counter threats from North Korea. The launch from Alaska’s Kodiak Island is scheduled to occur at the Pacific Spaceport...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 27, 2017

Legislature to convene for capital budget session today

In a joint news release on Monday, House Speaker Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) and Senate President Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks) announced that the Alaska Legislature will call itself into another session in Juneau today at 11 a.m. The special session –...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 27, 2017

Wrangell sophomore taking part in ANSEP summer school

A Wrangell student is currently in Anchorage getting a full month’s worth of science, math and engineering lessons. On July 8 future sophomore Tasha Massin left for Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program’s (ANSEP) five-week acceleration...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 27, 2017

Bearfest gearing up for annual marathon

With activities for Alaska Bearfest 2017 already underway, running enthusiasts are gearing up for its finale on Sunday. This year’s Bearfest Marathon-1/2-5K will be featuring three separate but concurrently run events, with participants taking on...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    July 27, 2017

Five initiatives on the October ballot so far in Petersburg

PETERSBURG – The ballot in October has five initiatives for Petersburg residents to vote on so far, including an amendment to the Charter, a tax break for business owners, off-road vehicles on public roads, a ban of fluoride and the development of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 27, 2017

Competition seeks entries for seafood expo

A state seafood industry think tank is seeking value-added products for competitive entry. Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation will be holding its call for product for the 2018 Alaska Symphony of Seafood on October 6. The annual competition...

 

USCG spends $300K searching for man who faked death

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard racked up $311,000 in expenses searching for an Alaska man who faked his own death to avoid going to prison in a sexual assault case, according to federal prosecutors. An indictment released Thursday...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    July 27, 2017

Petersburg Voters to weigh-in on Scow Bay development

PETERSBURG­ – Qualified voters in Petersburg will be asked to weigh-in on development of the Scow Bay fishing yard, and decide whether to authorize the Borough to put $500,000 down on the project, a fraction of the total cost but a concise stateme...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 27, 2017

Alaska Fish Factor: Texting/social media keeps fishermen informed about fishing issues

As state lawmakers mull ways to update permitting laws to protect salmon habitat, a dual sweepstakes is using text messaging and social media as the means to keep more fishermen informed.  “One of the things we’ve learned over the past two...

 

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